Christmas Hockey: Flyers players to watch at the World Junior Championships
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will begin on Christmas Day in Edmonton. Exhibition play kicks off December 20th. Ten countries are participating in the annual under-20 tournament.
Cam York and Bobby Brink are both on Team USA’s preliminary roster and are expected to make the final team. The duo took part in the USA National Juniors Evaluation Camp in early October. York and Brink both played for the 2020 US Team.
York should anchor the top American power-play unit. He holds the record for the USA national team development program for points in a season with 65. He had 14 goals and 51 assists during his draft year. Brink will see ice time as well and will be out revenge this year after a disappointing US exit last year. The United States finished 6th after a 1-0 loss to Finland in the quarterfinals.
Flyers second-round pick in 2020 Emil Andrae is a candidate for Team Sweden and has a great chance of making the final roster. He’s been playing at the senior men’s level in the Swedish hockey league this season. Andrae is a top prospect that was named Sweden’s number one scoring defensemen with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 40 games. He definitely has the talent to notch a roster spot on a Sweden team that won bronze in 2020.
Tyson Foerster and 2019-fourth rounder Mason Millman both received invites for Team Canada but are long-shots to make the final roster. The Canadian team is deep at forward and competition for ice time will be tough. Foerster is one of 20 forwards selected in the first round over the last two years to be invited to camp, nine of those players were from the 2019 draft class.
Foerster is only 19 years old. If he doesn’t make this year’s roster, he will definitely get another shot next year for the 2022 tournament. Just the fact that he was even an invite for this camp at such an early stage of his career, is incredibly impressive. This kid is going to be a fun player, hopefully he can even develop in the OHL with the new checking rules.
Millman plays the left side and Team Canada invited 15 blueliners to camp. Millman was a 4th-round pick in 2019 and has always been seen as a project player but to see him receive an invite is an awesome sign.
The NHL Network will be airing every USA game, so make sure you tune in get a glimpse at the Flyers’ future.
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY