It wasn’t a memorable world hockey junior championships for the United States, which finished in fifth place. But the tournament was worth following for the performances of several current and future NHL players. Here are seven stars from the event in Sweden:
Filip Forsberg, Sweden
Forsberg made the all-tournament team for the second straight year, and this time was MVP. The 19-year-old center, who has split his season between Nashville and the AHL, finished second in the tourney with eight assists and 12 points.
Anthony Mantha, Canada
Mantha, a terror in the QMJHL and Red Wings property, clicked for five goals and six assists in seven games overseas. The 6-foot-4-inch 19-year-old winger helped Canada reach the semifinals for the 16th straight season and was an all-tourney selection.
Teuvo Teravainen, Finland
With three assists in the gold medal victory, Tervainen topped the scoring list with 15 points (two goals, 13 helpers). The future Blackhawk, who was an event-best plus-11, joined teammate Rasmus Ristolainen (Sabres) on the all-tourney squad.
Jonathan Drouin, Canada
Drouin, 18, has had quite a run: winning CHL MVP and the Memorial Cup last spring, being the third overall pick in the NHL draft last June (Lightning), tallying 50 points in his first 23 QMJHL games this season, and a 3-6—9 line (with 24 PIM) at the worlds.
Mikhail Grigorenko, Russia
Part of the Sabres’ youth movement, the 19-year-old center was the star of the Russians’ third-place showing. His power-play goal got Russia started toward the bronze against Canada, and he ended his stay with five goals and three assists.
Matt Grzelcyk, US
Grzelcyk, 20, will resume his sophomore season at BU with a nice honor — the highest-scoring defenseman at the worlds (2-4—6). The Charlestown native and Bruins draftee anchored a blue line that allowed a tournament-low seven goals.
Juuse Saros, Finland
Saros, the 18-year-old all-tourney goalie, made 35 saves in the title game and finished the event with highs in both save percentage (.943) and goals-against average (1.57) among qualifying players. Nashville drafted him 99th overall in 2013.