Team Canada is now 2-0 at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton. Winnipeg Jets’ prospect Mark Scheifele of the Barrie Colts scored twice and New Jersey Devils’ prospect Scott Wedgewood made 26 saves as Canada defeated the Czech Republic by a score of 5-0.
But despite the convincing 5-0 win, there were some areas for concern regarding Team Canada’s play.
First, their powerplay needs to be better organized. Team Canada scored twice with the man advantage, but there were times when the powerplay unit just simply looked out of sync.
Second, is don’t expect to see the other favourites in the tournament–the Russians, Swedes and Americans–make the same defensive mistakes as the Czechs. Other than Oiler draft pick David Musil, the Czech blueliners seemed to be out of position on a regular basis.
Thirdly, they need to finish more consistently. Team Canada could have won this game 8-0 or 9-0 if it wasn’t for the outstanding play of Czech goalie Petr Mrazek. Also, Brett Connolly missed a wide open side in the second period on a play he should have scored.
Canada (2-0) now plays Denmark (0-2) on Thursday night at 6pm (TSN).