The IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships is an annual tournament, showcasing many of the top prospects in the game of hockey. The day after Christmas, prospects from ten countries come together to battle for the WJC title. It is a wonderful opportunity for hockey fans to get to watch the stars of tomorrow play for country pride on a large stage.
Fifteen current Washington Capitals have World Juniors experience including five of their top six defensemen (Nate Schmidt was the exception), and eight of their top nine forwards (except Justin Williams). While Braden Holtby never made it onto a Canadian World Junior squad, his net-mate, Philipp Grubauer, played in two tourneys for Germany.
This year’s WJC will be played in Montreal and Toronto and features three Capitals prospects. There’s also more than a couple interesting draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on.