It was a World Championship to recollect.
Underdog wins galore. A match favourite out earlier than the quarter-finals. Unikely scoring stars. And the eventual champions clawing again from an 0-3 begin to the match to win gold.
The World Championship merely did not disappoint. Even with out most of the world’s best gamers, there have been memorable moments nearly on daily basis of the match, even when the competitors wasn’t on the tempo it normally is. Given the troubles of internet hosting a match in a pandemic, the actual fact it went off with no hitch – and nil constructive COVID-19 instances – is one thing to be happy with.
Now that 64 video games have been accomplished, listed below are the highest performers from the 2021 males’s World Hockey Championship from Riga, Latvia.
Andrew Mangiapane, F (CAN)
The straightforward selection because the match MVP, Mangiapane missed the primary three video games of the World Championship and nonetheless completed third in scoring with seven objectives and 11 factors – his objective depend tied Nice Britain’s Liam Kirk for the match lead. Mangiapane appeared to spark the highest line of him, Adam Henrique and Connor Brown, scoring over half of Canada’s objectives within the match. As Mangiapane continues to make his mark with the Calgary Flames, his efficiency in Riga is not going to quickly be forgotten by Canadian hockey followers as top-of-the-line lately.
Jussi Olkinuora, G (FIN)
He did not depart the match with the medal he needed, however there’s nothing for Olkinuora to be ashamed about. Olkinuora was incredible within the remaining sport and all match lengthy, battling with USA’s Cal Petersen all match lengthy close to the highest of the key goaltending classes. The previous Winnipeg Jets prospect, was the spine for a Finnish workforce that did not rating so much and wanted it is goaltending to step up, and he did.
Peter Cehlárik, F (SVK)
Slovakia was a significant risk to win the Group A title and Cehlárik was a giant cause why. The previous Boston Bruins ahead had 5 objectives and 11 factors for Slovakia, recording a degree each single outing, together with the video games the place the Slovaks simply scored one objective. He seemed like somebody who had one thing to show, and with Cehlárik nonetheless being Boston property with no deal signed in Europe formally for 2021-22, he picked time to play on the high of his sport.
Moritz Seider, D (GER)
The match ended with no medal for Seider, however he erased any doubt that he is able to make the bounce as much as the NHL subsequent season. Sizzling off of an unimaginable season within the Swedish league, Seider was concerned closely in each German victory and apart from a number of hiccups alongside the way in which, the Germans might actually matter on him to be a 20-minute man all match lengthy. Seider by no means scored, however he seemed assured bringing the puck within the zone to arrange scoring possibilities. Not that this must be stated, however Seider is the way forward for German protection – and, hopefully quickly, Detroit’s too.
Connor Brown, F (CAN)
He began off the match with no level in Canada’s first three video games and he ended it with the scoring title with 16 factors and a championship. That is fairly the run for the Ottawa Senators ahead who actually was a frontrunner for this Canadian workforce. Brown arrange all three of Canada’s objectives on Sunday, together with the championship winner in time beyond regulation after establishing his teammate Nick Paul. Given Brown’s sturdy marketing campaign in Ottawa, ending off the season with a gold medal is an effective method to finish issues off.
Conor Garland, F (USA)
I stated previous to the match that Garland would should be an instrumental a part of USA’s offense if the workforce was going to win a medal and he was simply that. With 13 factors in 10 video games, Garland tied Brown for the match scoring lead following the bronze medal sport, failing to document a degree in simply three of the ten video games – and recording at the least two in 5 video games, together with a three-point run within the remaining. That is a pleasant increase for the undersized, expert ahead within the midst of signing a brand new contract with Arizona this low season.
Korbinian Holzer, D (GER)
Seider wasn’t the one protection getting all the eye on Germany. Holzer, an NHL veteran, who scored simply six objectives in eight NHL seasons, had two in 10 video games for Germany and was one of many leaders in blocking pictures all match lengthy – one thing the Germans excelled at. Holzer was named to the match all-star workforce and rightfully so.
Cal Petersen, G (USA)
Petersen had a giant coming-out social gathering this match. Not that LA Kings followers anticipated something much less, however it was good seeing him taking part in for a aggressive workforce at this level in his profession. That point will are available California, however the Individuals obtained an opportunity to witness what he might do. One of many high goaltenders all match, he completed with an unimaginable .953 save share and 1.29 goals-against common, permitting greater than two objectives simply as soon as – sadly, it was within the semifinal sport that eradicated them from gold competition in opposition to Canada. At the very least he received the highest goaltender award, proper?
Gregory Hofmann, F (SUI)
It has been a very long time because the Carolina Hurricanes drafted Hofmann and it by no means labored out. He obtained moved to Columbus again within the winter, and whereas he has two years left on his deal to stay in Zug, he might nonetheless find yourself within the NHL sooner or later. With six objectives and eight factors in eight video games, Hofmann was difficult for the goal-scoring lead all through the round-robin and sometimes discovered a means to assist cost his workforce’s offense. He did not rating in tight video games in opposition to Germany, Denmark or Russia, however Hofmann did not have many off nights regardless of not averaging a ton of ice time this yr. At 28, he is NHL prepared.
Liam Kirk, F (GB)
It is a disgrace Kirk solely had seven video games to show what he might do, as a result of Kirk merely performed the perfect hockey of his profession. Kirk had seven objectives in seven video games, giving the workforce a shot in practically each sport they performed. He scored over half of his workforce’s objectives and in our each day three stars awards, he confirmed up on a number of events. Now, it is time for the Arizona Coyotes to resolve what they wish to do with him, and all indicators level to him being introduced over to assist additional his improvement.