The World Juniors 2018 roster is set to be announced today at 5pm on NHL Network, one of the most anticipated times of the year for many hockey fans, well the die-hard ones. We get to see the future talent of the NHL play on the big stage and see what they are made of.
In years past we have seen Troy Terry pull the T.J. Oshie and score numerous shootout goals to lift the US to an upset win over Team Canada. We have seen last years World Juniors roster filled with talent, players like Charlie McAvoy, who is playing in the NHL for the Bruins now, and during this World Juniors run is when McAvoy’s put a stamp on his name and essentially punched his ticket to a first-round draft pick. Along with Clayton Keller, who is up for the Calder right now, we saw him display his Patrick Kane likeability and make a name for himself as well. Tage Thompson, the highly sought out, St. Louis Blues prospect who was drafted 1st round, 26th overall last season.
The World Juniors roster has been filled with talent and many exciting young players, and nothing will change this season, as we expect this team to be just as good. The way the roster works for the World Juniors is simple, but a tad complicated, the player must be under 20-years-old, and even if they have played NHL games they may still be eligible for the roster. For example, Jake Virtanen played 12 games and was allowed on Team Canada.
With that said, many of the players on the roster last season like Charlie McAvoy, Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows, Tage Thompson, Jeremy Bracco, Jordan Greenway, Tory Terry, Adam Fox will more than likely be on this year’s roster and are all very exceptional players. With players like that, it will be tough for Team USA not to be competitive, but we are unsure what Canada, Sweden, and Finland will look like.
We just wait patiently now until 5 PM today on NHL Network, don’t miss out!