About midway through the preliminary rounds at the 2017 IIHF World Championships in France and Germany, several players in the Avalanche organization are shining and making a name for themselves.
Here is a rundown of the nine Avs’ representatives in the tournament and how they are doing so far:
Canada — Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Calvin Pickard
- Defenseman Tyson Barrie is tied for the team lead in points with seven (2 g, 5 a) helping Canada to their 3-0-0-0 (9 pts) start to the tournament; however, after a freak off-ice accident led to Barrie suffering a laceration on his leg, he is being held out for the remainder of the tournament.
- Matt Duchene has appeared in all three of Canada’s game, but has failed to register a point on six shots on goal. Still plently of time for Duchene to get going as the tournament rolls on.
- Leading the entire tournament in goal scoring, Nathan MacKinnon has been on fire. He has scored five goals on 12 shots over the first three games, and his seven points put him tied for second in overall scoring behind the tournament leader, Artemi Panarin who has nine points for Russia.
- Calvin Pickard has started two of Canada’s first three games, and has been brilliant in net. He’s only allowed one goal on 42 shots in those two games; this includes shutting out Team Belarus on Monday in Canada’s 6-0 victory. A save percentage of .976 and goals against average of 0.50 has helped solidify him as the team’s No. 1 goaltender over Chad Johnson and has him as a potential MVP of the tournament if he keeps up this solid play in net.
- Canada has started the tournament with a perfect 3-0-0-0 record and sit atop of Group B with their 9 points. Switzerland also has 9 points, but have played in four games already.
United States — J.T. Compher
- J.T. Compher has followed his first taste of NHL action with a stellar performance at the Worlds. He has appeared in all four of Team USA’s games so far, carrying a +3 rating and scoring the game-winning goal late in Monday’s 4-3 win over Sweden. For the most part, Compher has been skating on USA’s fourth line with fellow college hockey products Jordan Greenway and Anders Bjork.
- Team USA so far is 3-0-0-1 (9 pts) which includes three regulation wins and a regulation loss to Germany in the opening game. USA is tied for the Group A lead with 9 points with Team Latvia.
Russia — Andrei Mironov
- Defenseman Andrei Mironov has appeared in three games for Team Russis, registering a -3 rating with four shots on goal. Mironov was just signed to a three-year entry level contract by Colorado last week; he was the Avs’ fourth round pick (101st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.
- Team Russia is 2-1-0-0 (8 pts) at this point in the tournament with two regulation wins and an overtime win the three games. They are one points behind USA and Latvia who lead Group A with 9 points.
Sweden — Gabriel Landeskog, Carl Soderberg
- Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has put up three points (1 g, 2 a) in Sweden’s first three games. He has a +4 rating and nine shots on goal.
- Carl Soderberg has also played in all three games, but has yet to record a point. He does have seven shots with a +1 rating.
- Team Sweden hasn’t gotten off to the best start through three games, only picking up one victory, while losing once in overtime and once in regulation for a record of 1-0-1-1 (4 pts). They find themselves in a tough spot, currently sitting in fifth place in Group A.
Finland — Mikko Rantanen
- Coming off of leading the Avs’ in goal scoring this past season with 20, Rantanen is looking to continue his impressive international success for Team Finland. Through the team’s first four games, Mikko is leading Finland with an impressive six points (1 g, 5 a) with a +3 rating and five shots on goal. His lone goal came on the power play Thursday morning in their 5-2 win over Slovenia, he also registered an assist in the game.
- Finland picked up their second win of the tournament in Thursday’s game, and now have a record of 2-0-1-1 (7 pts) putting them in third place behind Canada and Switzerland in Group B.