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The 2018 World Juniors will be held in Buffalo, NY., commencing Dec. 26 to Jan.5th.

Here is Canada's roster


Canadian-based NHL teams will have several of their top prospects playing here at these Worlds.  The Toronto Maple Leafs have two of theirs in Team Sweden's Timothy Lillejgren (defence), and Team USA's Joseph Woll (goaltender).


Team Canada's first game is against still Team Finland on Tuesday Dec. 26.

Groupings:  Group A                 Group B
                  Team Canada          Team  Czech Republic         
                  Team USA                Team Sweden
                  Team Denmark        Team Russia
                  Team Finlandj          Team Switzerland
                  Team Slovakia          Team Belarus

Source:  Hockey Canada, IIHF

Here is the complete broadcast schedule:

DATE                                TEAMS                    TIME (ET/PT)          NETWORK
Tuesday, Dec. 26         Russia vs. Czech Republic  Noon/9am            TSN
Tuesday, Dec. 26         Sweden vs. Belarus      2pm/11am                    TSN GO
Tuesday, Dec. 26         Finland vs. Canada       3:30pm/12:30pm         TSN
Tuesday, Dec. 26         USA vs. Denmark          8pm/5pm                       TSN
Wednesday, Dec. 27   Belarus vs. Switzerland 3pm/Noon                    TSN 1/3
Wednesday, Dec. 27   Canada vs. Slovakia      6:30pm/3:30pm            TSN 1/3/4
Thursday, Dec. 28      Denmark vs. Finland     Noon/9am                       TSN 1/4
Thursday, Dec. 28   Switzerland vs. Russia     2pm/11am                      TSN 3/5
Thursday, Dec. 28   Czech Republic vs. Sweden 4pm/1pm                    TSN 1/4
Thursday, Dec. 28     Slovakia vs. USA             8pm/5pm                         TSN 1/4/5
Friday, Dec. 29          Russia vs. Belarus           Noon/9am                        TSN3
Friday, Dec. 29          USA vs. Canada                2pm/11am                       TSN
Saturday, Dec. 30   Belarus vs. Czech Republic Noon/9am                     TSN 1/4
Saturday, Dec. 30   Switzerland vs. Sweden    2pm/11am                       TSN5
Saturday, Dec. 30   Slovakia vs. Finland           4pm/1pm                         TSN 1/4/5
Saturday, Dec. 30   Canada vs. Denmark          7:30pm/4:30pm              TSN 1/4/5
Sunday, Dec. 31   Czech Republic vs. Switzerland Noon/9am                 TSN 1/3
Sunday, Dec. 31     Finland vs. USA                   4pm/1pm                          TSN 1/3
Sunday, Dec. 31     Denmark vs. Slovakia         6pm/3pm                          TSN2
Sunday, Dec. 31     Sweden vs. Russia              8pm/5pm                          TSN 1/3
Tuesday, Jan. 2      Quarterfinal 1                      Noon/9am                         TSN
Tuesday, Jan. 2      Quarterfinal 2                      4pm/1pm                           TSN 1/4/5
Tuesday, Jan. 2      Quarterfinal 3                      6pm/3pm                           TSN3
Tuesday, Jan. 2      Quarterfinal 4                      8pm/5pm                           TSN 1/4/5
Thursday, Jan. 4    Semifinal 1                          4pm/1pm                            TSN
Thursday, Jan. 4    Semifinal 2                          7:30pm/4:30pm                 TSN
Friday, Jan. 5         Bronze Medal Game          4pm/1pm                             TSN
Friday, Jan. 5        Gold Medal Game               7:30pm/4:30pm                  TSN 1/4

*Note:  The NHL Network will also be broadcasting (all of) Team USA's games.

Source:  TSN, IIHF

Is Lilejegren on Team Sweden?

Eemeli Rasanen made Team Finland as well. They've got a pretty insane blue line, with 5 of their 8 defencemen being drafted in the 1st round. That includes last years 3rd overall pick Miro Heiskanen and Olli Juolevi who went 5th in 2016. He'll be in tough to get much if any playing time but still nice to see him named.

I'm keeping an eye out for Artyom Minulin, #5 on Team Russia. 6'2" RHD from the Swift Current Broncos. He went undrafted last year and I thought he'd be a decent pick in the middle of the draft.


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