The list includes their two first-round picks in the 2019 NHL Draft, United States forward Alex Turcotte (No. 5) and Sweden defenseman Tobias Bjornfot (No. 22).
“The entire organization is excited for all our prospects who will be representing their country in this year’s World Juniors,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. “It’s an honor to compete in this tournament and that’s a credit to the hard work they’ve all put in. We look forward to watching them take another step in their development.”
The Arizona Coyotes are second with seven prospects, followed by the Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers with five each. All 31 teams will have at least one player participating.
The 2020 WJC runs from Thursday through Jan. 5, in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. The 10 teams are split into two groups. Group A consists of defending champion Finland, along with Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Kazakhstan and will play its preliminary-round games at Werk Arena in Trinec. Group B features the United States, Canada, Russia, Czech Republic and Germany and will play its round-robin games at Ostravar Arena in Ostrava.
NHL Network will broadcast live 20 games, including every U.S. game, as well as all games in the medal round.
World Junior Championship Rosters
Nicolas Daws, Guelph, OHL (2020 draft eligible)
Joel Hofer, Portland, WHL (St. Louis Blues)
Olivier Rodrigue, Moncton, QMJHJL (Edmonton Oilers)
Calen Addison, Lethbridge, WHL (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Kevin Bahl, Ottawa, OHL (New Jersey Devils)
Jacob Bernard-Docker, North Dakota, NCHC (Ottawa Senators)
Bowen Byram, Vancouver, WHL (Colorado Avalanche)
Jamie Drysdale, Erie, OHL (2020 draft eligible)
Jared McIsaac, Halifax, QMJHL (Detroit Red Wings)
Ty Smith, Spokane, WHL (New Jersey Devils)
Quinton Byfield, Sudbury, OHL (2020 draft eligible)
Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge, WHL (Buffalo Sabres)
Ty Dellandrea, Flint, OHL (Dallas Stars)
Aidan Dudas, Owen Sound, OHL (Los Angeles Kings)
Nolan Foote, Kelowna, WHL (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Liam Foudy, London, OHL (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Barrett Hayton, Arizona Coyotes
Alexis Lafreniere, Rimouski, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Raphael Lavoie, Halifax, QMJHL (Edmonton Oilers)
Connor McMichael, London, OHL (Washington Capitals)
Dawson Mercer, Drummondville, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Akil Thomas, Niagara, OHL (Los Angeles Kings)
Joseph Veleno, Grand Rapids, AHL (Detroit Red Wings)
Lukas Dostal, Ilves, Liiga (Anaheim Ducks)
Nick Malik, Frydek-Mistek, Czech 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Lukas Parik, Spokane, WHL (Los Angeles Kings)
Tomas Dajcar, Litomerice, Czech 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Martin Has, Koovee, Finland 2nd division (Washington Capitals)
Karel Klikorka, ML. Boleslav Jr., Czech Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Simon Kubicek, Seattle, WHL (2020 draft eligible)
Radek Kucerik, Saskatoon, WHL (2020 draft eligible)
Ivan Lytvynov, Ceske Budejovice, Czech 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Libor Zabransky, Moose Jaw, WHL (2020 draft eligible)
Matej Blumel, Pardubice, Czech Extraliga (Edmonton Oilers)
Petr Cajka, Geneve Jr., Swiss Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Jan Jenik, Hamilton, OHL (Arizona Coyotes)
Jakub Lauko, Providence, AHL (Boston Bruins)
Jan Mysak, Litvinov, Czech Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Ondrej Pavel, Fargo, USHL (2020 draft eligible)
Matej Pekar, Barrie, OHL (Buffalo Sabres)
Karel Plasek, Brno, Czech Extraliga (Vancouver Canucks)
Jaromir Pytlik, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (2020 draft eligible)
Adam Raska, Rimouski, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Otakar Sik, Litomerice, Czech 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Jan Sir, Liberec, Czech Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Michal Teply, Winnipeg, WHL (Chicago Blackhawks)
Justus Annunen, Karpat, Liiga (Colorado Avalanche)
Jasper Patrikainen, Pelicans, Liiga (2020 draft eligible)
Kari Piiroinen, Windsor, OHL (2020 draft eligible)
Santeri Hatakka, Ilves, Liiga (San Jose Sharks)
Ville Heinola, Lukko, Liiga (Winnipeg Jets)
Anttoni Honka, JYP, Liiga (Carolina Hurricanes)
Mikko Kokkonen, Jukurit, Liiga (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Kim Nousiainen, Kalpa, Liiga (Los Angeles Kings)
Peetro Seppala, Kookoo, Liiga (2020 draft eligible)
Lassi Thomson, Ilves, Liiga (Ottawa Senators)
Toni Utunen, Tappara, Liiga (Vancouver Canucks)
Eemil Erholtz, Sport, Liiga (2020 draft eligible)
Lenni Killinen, Assat, Liiga (Carolina Hurricanes)
Rasmus Kupari, Ontario, AHL (Los Angeles Kings)
Matias Maccelli, Ilves, Liiga (Arizona Coyotes)
Joonas Oden, Kookoo, Liiga (2020 draft eligible)
Ville Petman, Lukko, Liiga (2020 draft eligible)
Patrik Puistola, Jukurit, Liiga (Carolina Hurricanes)
Sampo Ranta, Minnesota, BIG 10 (Colorado Avalanche)
Aatu Raty, Karpat Jr., Finland Jr. league (2021 draft eligible)
Aku Raty, Karpat Jr, Finland Jr. league (Arizona Coyotes)
Antti Saarela, Ilves, Liiga (Chicago Blackhawks)
Kristian Tanus, Jukurit, Liiga (2020 draft eligible)
Tobias Ancicka, Lukko Jr., Finland Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Hendrik Hane, Dusseldorf, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Philipp Maurer, Landshut, Germany 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Alexander Dersch, Dusseldorf, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Niklas Heinzinger Bad Tolz Jr., Germany Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Leon Huttl, Lowen, Germany 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Philip Mass, EC Salzburg 2, Austria 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Eric Mik, Lausitzer, Germany 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Moritz Seider, Grand Rapids, AHL (Detroit Red Wings)
Daniel Wirt, Lowen, Germany 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Dominik Bokk, Rogle, SHL (Carolina Hurricanes)
Louis Brune, Heilbronn, Germany 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Tim Fleischer, Iserlohn, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Taro Jentzsch, Sherbrooke, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Nino Kinder, Winnipeg, WHL (2020 draft eligible)
Dennis Lobach, Munchen, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Jan Nijenhuis, Wolfsburg, GER (2020 draft eligible)
John-Jason Peterka, Munchen, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Lukas Reichel, Eisbaren Berlin, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Luis Schinko, Lowen, Germany 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Justin Schutz, Munchen, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Tim Stuetzle, Mannheim, GER (2020 draft eligible)
Yannik Valenti, Heilbronn, Germany 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Roman Kalmykov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Vladislav Nurek, Ust-Kamenogorsk Jr, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Maxim Pavlenko, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Danil Butenko, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Madi Dikhanbek, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Tamirlan Gaitamirov, Des Moines, USHL (2020 draft eligible)
Timofei Katasonov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Artyom Korolyov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
David Muratov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Vladimir Shlychkov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Stanislav Alexandrov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Yusup Asukhanov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Konstantin Bondarenko, Ust-Kamenogorsk Jr, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Oleg Boiko, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Andrei Buyalsky, Temirtau, KAZ (2020 draft eligible)
Maxim Chalov, Ust-Kamenogorsk Jr, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Denis Chaporov, Temirtau, KAZ (2020 draft eligible)
Ruslan Demin, Temirtau, KAZ (2020 draft eligible)
Nikita Lyapunov, Ust-Kamenogorsk Jr, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Maxim Musorov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Alikhan Omirbekov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Vladislav Saiko, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Ansar Shaikhmeddenov, Barys 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Yaroslav Askarov, Neva St. Petersburg, Russia 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Daniil Isayev, Yaroslavl, KHL (2020 draft eligible)
Amir Miftakhov, Bars Kazan, Russia 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Danila Galeniuk, St. Petersburg, KHL (2020 draft eligible)
Anton Malyshev, Yaroslavl 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Daniil Misyul, Yaroslavl, KHL (New Jersey Devils)
Daniil Pylenkov, Podolsk, KHL (2020 draft eligible)
Alexander Romanov, CSKA, KHL (Montreal Canadiens)
Egor Zamula, Calgary, WHL (Philadelphia Flyers)
Danila Zhuravlyov, Kazan, KHL (Anaheim Ducks)
Nikita Alexandrov, Charlottetown, QMJHL (St. Louis Blues)
Grigori Denisenko, Yaroslavl, KHL (Florida Panthers)
Pavel Dorofeyev, Magnitogorsk, KHL (Vegas Golden Knights)
Maxim Groshev, Nizhnekamsk, KHL (2020 draft eligible)
Alexander Khovanov, Moncton, QMJHL (Minnesota Wild)
Ilya Kruglov, Dynamo Moscow 2, Russia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Kirill Marchenko, St. Petersburg, KHL (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Ivan Morozov, Neva St. Petersburg, Russia 2nd division (Vegas Golden Knights)
Vasily Podkolzin, St. Petersburg, KHL (Vancouver Canucks)
Nikita Rtishchev, CSKA, KHL (2020 draft eligible)
Egor Sokolov, Cape Breton, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Dmitri Voronkov, Kazan, KHL (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Samuel Hlavaj, Sherbrooke, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Jakub Lackovic, Zilina Jr., Slovakia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Samuel Vyletelka, Lincoln, USHL (2020 draft eligible)
Martin Bucko, Kosice, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Boris Cesanek, Poprad, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Marcel Dlugos, Nove Zamky, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Samuel Knazko, TPS Jr., Finland Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
David Mudrak, TPS Jr., Finland Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Marko Stacha, Trencin, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Oliver Turan, Detva, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Martin Vitalos, Rogle, Jr., Sweden Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John, QMJHL (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Viktor Durina, Trencin, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Robert Dzugan, Trencin, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Martin Fasko-Rudas, Everett, WHL (2020 draft eligible)
Nicolas Ferenyi, Trencin Jr., Slovakia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Dominik Jendek, Bratislava Jr., Slovakia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Kristian Kovacik, Trencin, Slovak Extraliga (2020 draft eligible)
Jakub Minarik, Nitra Jr., Slovakia Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Marek Minarik, Zilina, Slovakia 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Michal Mrazik, F, Linkoping Jr., Sweden Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Oliver Okuliar, Lethbridge, WHL (2020 draft eligible)
Adam Pauliny, F, Martin, SVK-2 (2020 draft eligible)
Daniel Tkac, Merritt, BCHL (2020 draft eligible)
Hugo Alnefelt, HV 71 Jr., Sweden Jr. league (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Jesper Eliasson, Almtuna, Sweden 2nd division (Detroit Red Wings)
Erik Portillo, Dubuque, USHL (Buffalo Sabres)
Tobias Bjornfot, Djurgarden, SHL (Los Angeles Kings)
Philip Broberg, Skelleftea, SHL (Edmonton Oilers)
Adam Ginning, Linkoping, SHL (Philadelphia Flyers)
Nils Lundkvist, Lulea, SHL (New York Rangers)
Mattias Norlinder, Modo, Sweden 2nd division (Montreal Canadiens)
Rasmus Sandin, Toronto, AHL (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Victor Soderstrom, Brynas, SHL (Arizona Coyotes)
Oskar Back, Farjestad, SHL (Dallas Stars)
Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea, SHL (Detroit Red Wings)
Albin Eriksson, Skelleftea, SHL (Dallas Stars)
Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda, SHL (Los Angeles Kings)
David Gustafsson, Winnipeg Jets
Hugo Gustafsson, Sodertalje, Sweden 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Karl Henriksson, Frolunda Jr., Sweden Jr. league (New York Rangers)
Nils Hoglander, Rogle, SHL (Vancouver Canucks)
Alexander Holtz, Djurgarden, SHL (2020 draft eligible)
Linus Nassen, Timra, Sweden 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Linus Oberg, Orebro Jr., Sweden Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Nikola Pasic, Karlskoga, Sweden 2nd division (New Jersey Devils)
Lucas Raymond, Frolunda, SHL (2020 draft eligible)
Stephane Charlin, Sierre, Swiss 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Luca Hollenstein, Zug Academy, Swiss 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Akira Schmid, Omaha, USHL (New Jersey Devils)
David Aebischer, Gatineau, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Tim Berni, Zurich, National League, (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Nico Gross, Oshawa, OHL (New York Rangers)
Bastian Guggenheim, Langnau Jr., Swiss Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Mika Henauer, Bern, National League (2020 draft eligible)
Janis Moser, Biel, National League (2020 draft eligible)
Rocco Pezzullo, Ambri Jr., Swiss Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Fabian Berri, GCK Zurich Jr., Swiss Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Jeremi Gerber, Bern, National League (2020 draft eligible)
Gaetan Jobin, Charlottetown, QMJHL (2020 draft eligible)
Simon Knak, Portland, WHL (2020 draft eligible)
Gilian Kohler, Biel, National League (2020 draft eligible)
Julian Mettler, Kloten, Swiss 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Valentin Nussbaumer, Shawinigan, QMJHL (Arizona Coyotes)
Stephane Patry, Geneve Jr., Swiss Jr. league (2020 draft eligible)
Joel Salzgeber, Olten, Swiss 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Sandro Schmid, Fribourg, National League (2020 draft eligible)
Kyen Sopa, Niagara, OHL (2020 draft eligible)
Matthew Verboon, Colgate, ECAC (2020 draft eligible)
Gian-Marco Wetter, Biasca, Swiss 2nd division (2020 draft eligible)
Spencer Knight, Boston College, H-EAST, (Florida Panthers)
Isaiah Saville, Nebraska-Omaha, NCHC (Vegas Golden Knights)
Dustin Wolf, Everett, WHL (Calgary Flames)
Ty Emberson, Wisconsin, Big Ten (Arizona Coyotes)
Jordan Harris, Northeastern, H-EAST (Montreal Canadiens)
Zachary Jones, UMass, H-EAST (New York Rangers)
K’Andre Miller, Wisconsin, Big Ten (New York Rangers)
Mattias Samuelsson, Western Michigan, NCHC (Buffalo Sabres)
Spencer Stastney, Notre Dame, Big Ten (Nashville Predators)
Cameron York, Michigan, Big Ten (Philadelphia Flyers)
John Beecher, Michigan, Big Ten (Boston Bruins)
Bobby Brink, Denver, NCHC (Philadelphia Flyers)
Cole Caufield, Wisconsin, Big Ten (Montreal Canadiens)
Jack Drury, Harvard, ECAC (Carolina Hurricanes)
Parker Ford, Providence, H-EAST (2020 draft eligible)
Curtis Hall, Yale, ECAC (Boston Bruins)
Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton, OHL (Los Angeles Kings)
Shane Pinto, North Dakota, NCHC (Ottawa Senators)
Jacob Pivonka, Notre Dame, Big Ten (New York Islanders)
Nicholas Robertson, Peterborough, OHL (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Alex Turcotte, Wisconsin, Big Ten (Los Angeles Kings)
Oliver Wahlstrom, Bridgeport, AHL (New York Islanders)
Trevor Zegras, Boston University, H-EAST (Anaheim Ducks)
Players drafted by NHL teams
Los Angeles Kings (9) — SWE- Tobias Bjornfot, D, Djurgarden, SHL; CAN- Aidan Dudas, F, Owen Sound, OHL; SWE-Samuel Fagemo, F, Frolunda, SHL; USA- Arthur Kaliyev, F, Hamilton, OHL; FIN- Rasmus Kupari, F, Ontario, AHL; FIN- Kim Nousiainen, D, Kalpa, Liiga; CZE- Lukas Parik, G, Spokane, WHL; CAN- Akil Thomas, F, Niagara, OHL; USA- Alex Turcotte, F, Wisconsin, Big Ten
Arizona Coyotes (7) — USA- Ty Emberson, D, Wisconsin, Big Ten; CAN- Barrett Hayton, F, Arizona; CZE- Jan Jenik, F, Hamilton, OHL; FIN- Matias Maccelli, F, Ilves, Liiga; SUI- Valentin Nussbaumer, F, Shawinigan, QMJHL; FIN- Aku Raty, F, Karpat Jr, Finland Jr. league; SWE- Victor Soderstrom, D, Brynas, SHL
Carolina Hurricanes (5) — GER- Dominik Bokk, F, Rogle, SHL; USA- Jack Drury, F, Harvard, ECAC; FIN- Anttoni Honka, D, JYP, Liiga; FIN- Lenni Killinen, F, Assat, Liiga; FIN- Patrik Puistola, F, Jukurit, Liiga
Detroit Red Wings (5) — SWE- Jonatan Berggren, F, Skelleftea, SHL; SWE- Jesper Eliasson, G, Almtuna, Sweden 2nd division; CAN- Jared McIsaac, D, Halifax, QMJHL; GER- Moritz Seider, D, Grand Rapids, AHL; CAN- Joseph Veleno, F, Grand Rapids, AHL
New Jersey Devils (5) — CAN- Kevin Bahl, D, Ottawa, OHL; RUS- Daniil Misyul, D, Yaroslavl, KHL; SWE- Nikola Pasic, F, Karlskoga, Sweden 2nd division; SUI- Akira Schmid, G, Omaha, USHL; CAN- Ty Smith, D, Spokane, WHL
New York Rangers (5) — SUI- Nico Gross, D, Oshawa, OHL; SWE- Karl Henriksson, F, Frolunda Jr., Sweden Jr. league; USA- Zachary Jones, D, UMass, H-EAST; SWE- Nils Lundkvist, D, Lulea, SHL; USA- K’Andre Miller, D, Wisconsin, Big TenColumbus Blue Jackest (4) — SUI- Tim Berni, D, Zurich, National League; CAN- Liam Foudy, F, London, OHL; RUS- Kirill Marchenko, F, St. Petersburg, KHL; RUS- Dmitri Voronkov, F, Kazan, KHL
Edmonton Oilers (4) — CZE- Matej Blumel, F, Pardubice, Czech Extraliga; SWE- Philip Broberg, D, Skelleftea, SHL; CAN- Raphael Lavoie, F, Halifax, QMJHL; CAN- Olivier Rodrigue, G, Moncton, QMJHJL
Montreal Canadiens (4) — USA- Cole Caufield, F, Wisconsin, Big Ten; USA- Jordan Harris, D, Northeastern, H-EAST; SWE- Mattias Norlinder, D, Modo, Sweden 2nd division; RUS- Alexander Romanov, D, CSKA, KHL
Philadelphia Flyers (4) — USA- Bobby Brink, F, Denver, NCHC; SWE- Adam Ginning, D, Linkoping, SHL; USA- Cameron York, D, Michigan, Big Ten; RUS- Egor Zamula, D, Calgary, WHL
Vancouver Canucks (4) — SWE- Nils Hoglander, F, Rogle, SHL; CZE- Karel Plasek, F, Brno, Czech Extraliga; RUS- Vasily Podkolzin, F, St. Petersburg, KHL; FIN- Toni Utunen, D, Tappara, Liiga
Anaheim Ducks (3) — CZE- Lukas Dostal, G, Ilves, Liiga; USA- Trevor Zegras, F, Boston University, H-EAST; RUS- Danila Zhuravlyov, D, Kazan, KHL
Boston Bruins (3) — USA- John Beecher, F, Michigan, Big Ten; USA- Curtis Hall, F, Yale, ECAC; CZE- Jakub Lauko, F, Providence, AHL
Buffalo Sabres (3) — CAN- Dylan Cozens, F, Lethbridge, WHL; SWE- Erik Portillo, G, Dubuque, USHL; USA- Mattias Samuelsson, D, Western Michigan, NCHC
Colorado Avalanche (3) — FIN- Justus Annunen, G, Karpat, Liiga; CAN- Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver, WHL; FIN- Sampo Ranta, F, Minnesota, Big Ten
Dallas Stars (3) — SWE- Oskar Back, F, Farjestad, SHL; CAN- Ty Dellandrea, F, Flint, OHL; SWE- Albin Eriksson, F, Skelleftea, SHL
Ottawa Senators (3) — CAN- Jacob Bernard-Docker, D, North Dakota, NCHC; USA- Shane Pinto, F, North Dakota, NCHC; FIN- Lassi Thomson, D, Ilves, Liiga
Tampa Bay Lightning (3) — SWE- Hugo Alnefelt, G, HV 71 Jr., Sweden Jr. league; SVK- Maxim Cajkovic, F, Saint John, QMJHL; CAN- Nolan Foote, F, Kelowna, WHL
Toronto Maple Leafs (3) — FIN- Mikko Kokkonen, D, Jukurit, Liiga; USA- Nicholas Robertson, F, Peterborough, OHL; SWE- Rasmus Sandin, D, Toronto, AHL
Vegas Golden Knights (3) — RUS- Pavel Dorofeyev, F, Magnitogorsk, KHL; RUS- Ivan Morozov, F, Neva St. Petersburg, Russia 2nd division; USA- Isaiah Saville, G, Nebraska-Omaha, NCHC
Chicago Blackhawks (2) — FIN- Antti Saarela, F, Ilves, Liiga; CZE- Michal Teply, F, Winnipeg, WHL
Florida Panthers (2) — RUS- Grigori Denisenko, F, Yaroslavl, KHL; USA- Spencer Knight, G, Boston College, H-EAST
New York Islanders (2) — USA- Jacob Pivonka, F, Notre Dame, Big Ten; USA- Oliver Wahlstrom, F, Bridgeport, AHL
Nashville Predators (2) — CZE- Matej Pekar, F, Barrie, OHL; USA- Spencer Stastney, D, Notre Dame, Big Ten
St. Louis Blues (2) — RUS- Nikita Alexandrov, F, Charlottetown, QMJHL; CAN- Joel Hofer, G, Portland, WHL
Washington Capitals (2) — CZE- Martin Has, D, Koovee, Finland 2nd division; CAN- Connor McMichael, F, London, OHL
Winnipeg Jets (2) — SWE- David Gustafsson, F, Winnipeg; FIN- Ville Heinola, D, Lukko, Liiga
Calgary Flames (1) — USA- Dustin Wolf, G, Everett, WHL
Minnesota Wild (1) — RUS- Alexander Khovanov, F, Moncton, QMJHL
Pittsburgh Penguins (1) — CAN- Calen Addison, D, Lethbridge, WHL
San Jose Sharks (1) — FIN- Santeri Hatakka, D, Ilves, Liiga
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LaFleur regrets decision to kick late FG in NFC title game – theScore
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur expressed his regret over how his team’s last possession transpired in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
With 2:15 left in the contest and the ball on the Buccaneers’ 8-yard line, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw an incomplete pass on third down, though it appeared he could have run the ball in for a touchdown.
On the following play, the Packers kicked a field goal rather than take a fourth attempt at a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game.
The Packers wouldn’t get the ball back and lost 31-26.
“Anytime it doesn’t work out, you always regret it, right?” LaFleur said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Having three shots and coming away with no yards and knowing not only (we) need the touchdown but the 2-point … anytime something doesn’t work out, do you regret it? Sure.”
Rodgers both defended and expressed surprise at the call from the sideline.
“It wasn’t my decision. I understand the thinking,” Rodgers said, per Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated.
“I thought maybe we were gonna have four chances to go,” he added, according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic.
Jets’ emotional weekend ends with hollow feeling as Oilers stymie late rally – Sportsnet.ca
WINNIPEG — There’s nothing quite like an unexpected shot to the solar plexus to end an emotional weekend.
With the Winnipeg Jets wrapping up the busiest stretch of the NHL season after the organization completed a blockbuster deal involving a guy who was viewed as a franchise cornerstone, this rollercoaster evening included a stirring rally to take the lead late in the third period but concluded with a buzzer-beater from Leon Draisaitl.
Just like that, the Jets were left to deal with a hard-luck loss as the Oilers snatched defeat from the arms of victory. Oilers 4, Jets 3.
Even earning a single point and getting the game to overtime probably would have palatable, given that this was the fifth game in seven days. Ending up with nothing left a hollow feeling for a group that had won three consecutive games against the Ottawa Senators after a lacklustre showing against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“There’s no excuses,” said Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who scored in the third period and has four goals during the past four games. “We were behind and we battled our way back and didn’t end up getting the two points. The way we played today, we deserved at least a point. That sucks, but we’ve got a game in two days and we want to get those two points so we’re gonna look forward now.”
Considering the Jets didn’t play with the lead for a single minute until the fourth game of the season, it stands to reason that slamming the door remains a work in progress.
Losing leads is something that is going to happen over the course off a season. That doesn’t take away the sting.
Nor does it take away the importance of closing out games — especially against teams that are quickly approaching in the rearview mirror.
A topsy-turvy third period saw the Jets erase a 2-1 deficit with goals from Ehlers and Blake Wheeler to take the lead with just under five minutes to play.
That ability to rally under tough circumstances is what Jets head coach Paul Maurice is going to focus in on.
Blowing a late lead doesn’t erase the resilience shown, though it’s a reminder of how difficult it is to win — especially when two of the most talented players in the NHL raise their respective level with the game on the line.
“The real positive for the game is our third (period). To come out and find that in the tank, I was really impressed with that,” said Maurice. “So, it’s a brutal way to end the game, for sure. But I will be left with how hard they pushed in the third. I’m really, really pleased with those guys finding that gear. That was just about character in the third and it’s a tough lesson, the way it ended, but I’m really, really proud of them.”
If come-from-behind wins (like the one the Jets had in the season opener or last Tuesday against the Senators, when 3-1 deficits turned into overtime wins) are something that teams use as a springboard for future success, is there any concern about lingering residue when a team suffers a heartbreaking loss?
“You always deal with the hockey part of it. That’s always the easiest part in the NHL, dealing with that,” said Maurice. “We’ll look at this next game with a real strong focus, not real happy with the way it ended and feeling that we could have been in better control of our destiny at times.
“We did an awful lot of good things, but there’s also going to be a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.”
That light at the end of the tunnel for the Jets will be closing out this stretch of six games in nine days.
But head coach Dave Tippett of the Edmonton Oilers opted for the nuclear option, tapped Connor McDavid on the shoulder and asked him to go out on the ice with Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto. Folks have seen this movie before and thanks to a strong offensive-zone shift, McDavid was able to thread the needle to Yamamoto for the tying goal.
Then, after the Jets killed off a minor penalty to Dylan DeMelo, Draisaitl find a quiet spot in the slot and ripped home the game-winning goal after taking a pass from McDavid.
Game. Set. Match.
“Yeah, they are good players, and they are going to do damage when given opportunities like that,” said Adam Lowry, who was frustrated by what happened on the game-winner. “So, I think I just get caught on the back-side there and vacate the slot as I’m worried about Nugent-Hopkins, and it goes right to the guy in the middle and he buries it. It’s unfortunate.”
Although the Jets did a great job of neutralizing McDavid and Draisaitl for a good chunk of the game, the late offensive eruption is precisely why the Jets went out and made the blockbuster move for Pierre-Luc Dubois, to give them another two-way weapon down the middle in the matchup game.
One of the most important decisions in this contest came late in the first period on a coach’s challenge by Tippett.
The Jets thought they had taken a 2-0 lead on a goal from Andrew Copp. After Mikko Koskinen stopped a shot from Ehlers, the puck was loose and Copp got a piece of it — but he also caught the glove of the Oilers goalie with his stick.
Although the puck appeared to already be behind Koskinen, the referees disallowed the goal because of the contact that was made.
“It’s a goal,” said Maurice. “For me, I think the puck is past his glove. I’m not even sure that there’s contact there. They felt it was close, so there’s no argument.”
Jets centre Lowry didn’t feel like the group sagged after the goal was disallowed.
“Sometimes those, I just feel like you flip a coin and see how it comes out,” said Lowry, who scored his third goal of the season. “I don’t see a whole lot on that, I feel like we’ve had ones where there’s more contact against us… They must have seen something that stopped Koskinen’s ability to make the save, so they make that ruling and we just have to regroup from there. I don’t see that we let that affect us negatively, it’s unfortunate though because (Copp) had a heck of a first period and really deserved that one.”
Tippett wasn’t sure it was goalie interference, but figured the challenge was worth the risk even if it didn’t work out, given how his team was playing.
“I was so frustrated with the way we were playing, I was going to (challenge) it anyhow,” said Tippett.
Instead of being down by a pair of goals and scrambling, the Oilers steadied themselves and then came out stronger in the second period, getting a rebound goal from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins just 21 seconds in.
Jesse Puljujarvi made the most of his promotion to the top line alongside McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins. Aside from his strong net drive and primary assist on the goal from Nugent-Hopkins, Pulujarvi was around the puck, generating scoring chances and engaged physically.
That’s the template for Puljujarvi to remain in that spot — or to get more future looks.
A lack of secondary scoring had been a major storyline for the Oilers in the early stage of the season but Kyle Turris put a dent in that well-deserved narrative with a well-placed shot over the glove of Jets backup Laurent Brossoit.
By the time the buzzer sounded on the period, the Oilers had outshot the Jets 19-6, outscored them 2-0 and had barely given up any scoring chances. The Oilers were fresh, while the Jets looked like a team that was playing for the fifth time in seven nights.
Just when you thought the Oilers had taken full control, the Jets scored twice in the third to pull ahead by a goal.
Instead of rolling over, the Oilers found a way to rally and they’ve now won two of the past three games going into Tuesday’s rematch.
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Aaron Rodgers was lamenting the sudden end of a remarkable season he’ll treasure long after he’s retired, running through a list of Green Bay Packers teammates he’s grown the closest to.
“There’s a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included,” Rodgers said, managing a slight laugh as if to momentarily soften this harsh reality in the immediate aftermath of the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC championship game. “That’s what sad about it most.”
The 37-year-old produced by most measures in 2020 the finest performance of his brilliant career, making him a leading contender for a third NFL MVP award.
The Packers went 13-3 for the top seed in the NFC, cruising past the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round and finally giving Rodgers a home game to play for a spot in the Super Bowl. His other four shots at it as the starter, including the win at Chicago (2010 season) that preceded his only championship, were on the road. They lost in the semifinals at San Francisco (2019), Atlanta (2016) and Seattle (2014).
Ten years and counting since the Packers won it all with Rodgers, this 31-26 loss to Brady and the Bucs will sting for awhile. Especially considering what happened last spring, when Green Bay drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. Rodgers is signed through 2023, but that sure doesn’t guarantee in this league that he’ll stay that long — or that he’d want to.
“I’m going to have to take some time away for sure and clear my head and just kind of see what’s going on with everything, but it’s pretty tough right now,” Rodgers said. He later added: “It’s a grind to get to this point, and that makes the finality of it all kind of hit you like a ton of bricks.”
Rodgers went 33 for 48 for 346 yards and three touchdowns, but this wasn’t exactly his best. He had one interception that Tampa Bay used to set up a last-second touchdown before halftime and completed only two of nine attempts on goal-to-go situations. He also took five sacks.
Both of his goal-to-go completions went for scores, though, and coach Matt LaFleur twice took away a fourth-down chance to finish a drive in the end zone by settling for short field goals.
The fourth-and-8 decision with an eight-point deficit and 2:09 left — after Rodgers left the pocket and threw an incompletion to Davante Adams, eschewing the alternative of running for the pylon — was the surprisingly safe choice that Packers fans will have to chew on for years. Rodgers didn’t agree with it, though he used his words carefully.
“I understand the thinking, above two minutes with all of our timeouts, but it wasn’t my decision,” Rodgers said.
He was frustrated, of course, by the consecutive three-and-outs in the fourth quarter after the defence came up with interceptions No. 2 and No. 3 of Brady. He was mad about the pass interference call on Kevin King that allowed the Bucs to extend their drive with 1:41 left and salt the game away.
Mostly, though, Rodgers sounded sad about what he won’t get to do anymore this season — play with a Packers team that he enjoyed as much as any of his career.
There’s no telling that Love would actually be ready, if the conclusion were to be reached, mutually or not, that the Rodgers era in Green Bay has ended. Throughout his video news conference with reporters from the basement of Lambeau Field, however, Rodgers sure sounded a lot like a guy saying goodbye.
Will he be back in green and gold?
“I certainly hope so,” LaFleur said. “The guy is the MVP of this league. He’s the heart and soul of this football team. Hell yeah, he better be back here. He’s our leader. Just so appreciative of him buying into what we’re trying to get done around here and believing in that group. I feel for him to be in this situation and for us not to get it done. It hurts.”
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