The Maple Leafs had three prospects at the 2020 WJC in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Rasmus Sandin (SWE), Nick Robertson (USA) and Mikko Kokkonen (FIN). Here’s a detailed look at how all three prospects did at the tournament.
Sandin had a outstanding tournament. He recorded three goals and seven assists for ten points in seven games. Sandin’s biggest game of the tournament was the semi-final match against Russia. In that game, Sandin recorded two goals and 2 assists for 4 points. He was also named player of the game. Sandin achieved an even higher accolade on the last day of the tournament, `Top Defenseman of the 2020 World Juniors’. Winning a Bronze Medal and being named Top Defenseman solidified a great tournament for the Maple Leafs top defense prospect.
Although Robertson did not put up the same kind of numbers in stats as Sandin did, he still had a very good tournament. Robertson recorded two goals and three assists for five points in five games. His best game of the tournament was in the game against Canada in the preliminary round. He had a goal and an assist in the 6-4 loss to Canada. Robertson went home empty handed, but he is eligible to return next year.
Kokkonen was looking to help team Finland defend their Gold Medal from 2019. He did not have a very good tournament however with just two goals in seven games. He played pretty well defensively, but he did fail to contain Samuel Fagemo (SWE) in the Bronze Medal game. Team Finland would go on to lose that game 3-2 giving them a fourth place finish. Kokkonen would finish the tournament with a -1 plus/minus rating.
Another year and another exciting World Junior Championship. The 2020 WJC was full of exciting games and plenty of rival matchups. The Bronze Medal games saw Sweden beat Finland 3-2 in a back and forth contest. The Gold Medal game ended with an incredible comeback by Canada to beat Russia 4-3 after trailing 3-1. Congratulations to Canada on winning Gold and being the 2020 World Junior Champions.
The Maple leafs have a bright future with Rasmus Sandin and Nick Robertson in the pipeline. The jury is still out on Mikko Kokkonen.
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