(Montreal) Unsurprisingly, the Montreal Canadiens’ first choice in the 2019 NHL Draft, Cole Caufield, has carved out a place in the American squad for the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Caufield was limited to one goal and one assist in five games last year at the World Juniors. The United States were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the tournament by Finland.
The 19-year-old American, who has six goals and six assists in 10 games so far this season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA, is not CH’s only prospect to take part in the World Junior Hockey.
The Montreal club’s first choice in the last draft, defenseman Kaiden Guhle of the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western Junior Hockey League (WHL), will represent Canada.
For his part, Jan Mysak, who was selected in the second round, 48e in total, by the CH in the last draft, will wear the uniform of the Czech Republic.
Mysak, 18, got an assist in 11 games this season with HC Litvinov in Extraliga, the Czech top division since 1993.
All of these players will now win the Edmonton “bubble” for the tournament which will be played from December 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021.