The annual World Junior Championships kicked off early this morning in Ufa, Russia. The tournament consists of the best under-20 year old hockey players in the world and usually showcases some of the top NHL Prospects in the entire world.
Team Canada kicked off its set of round robin games with a dominating 9-3 win over Team Germany. Belleville Bulls goalie and Bruins 2012 first-round draft pick Malcolm Subban got the start in net for the Bruins where he stopped 25 shots for the win. After the win Canada head coach Steve Spott confirmed to TSN that Subban would be in net again on Friday when Canada takes on Slovakia.
Subban wasn’t the only Bruins prospect who enjoyed a solid win. Top prospect and already Bruins fan favorite Dougie Hamilton picked up an assist on a beautiful pass to Jonathan Huberdeau for Canada’s fourth goal.
Anthony Camara is a name many Bruins fans may not know, but he’s a name you should know and a name you will be hearing more of. Camara—a third round pick by the Bruins in 2011—also added an assist this morning.
After just 14 points in 31 games last season for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, Camara has bounced back strongly this season and been one of the top players in the OHL. Camara has 40 points (22-18-40) in 30 games for the Colts.
Canada’s not the only team in the tournament that features Bruins prospects. Bruins 2011 second round draft pick Alexander Khokhlachev stars for team Russia.
Khokhlachev scored for Russia today in the team’s 3-2 overtime win over Slovakia.
The last Bruins prospect playing in the tournament is a local boy and one that all Bruins fans can root for. Charlestown native and current Boston University Terrier Matt Grzelcyk can be found wearing Team USA’s red white and blue when the Americans open up tomorrow against Germany.
With no NHL hockey being played the World Juniors are a great way to see what the future of the Bruins can do on a big stage. All games from the World Juniors can be seen live and in replay on the NHL Network.