The World Junior Championships are less then 48 hours away and the ten countries involved have finalized or continue to finalize the rosters that will bring together the best Under-20 hockey players from around the globe. Only Belarus, Russia and Slovakia need to submit their final roster.
Canada (8), Finland (1), Slovakia (3), United States (2), Belarus (1), Czech Republic (1), Russia (4), Sweden (1) and Switzerland (1) have Ontario Hockey League players either on their final rosters or competing for the last remaining roster spots.
Two former big-name OHL’ers, and former London Knights’ teammates, are also on the rosters. Victor Mete (Canada) is on loan from the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Olli Juolevi (Finland) is on loan from TPS from Finland’s Liiga.
Maxim Sushko of the Owen Sound Attack and a 4th round draft pick, 107th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2017 Entry Draft, remains in contention for a roster spot with Belarus.
For Team Russia, Alexei Lipanov of the Barrie Colts (Round 3, 76th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2017), Dimitri Sokolov of the Sudbury Wolves (Round 7, 196th overall by the Minnesota Wild in 2016), Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts (consensus number 2 pick in the 2018 draft) and Dmitri Samorukov of the Guelph Storm (Round 3, 84th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2017) are looking for a final roster spot.
Adam Liska of the Kitchener Rangers (eligible for the 2018 draft), Adam Ruzicka of the Sarnia Sting (Round 4, 109th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2017) and Marian Studenic of the Hamilton Bulldogs (Round 5, 143rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2017) are still in contention for Slovakia.
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Here are the rosters courtesy of Elite Prospects:
Slovakia (final cuts to be made)
Belarus (final cuts to be made)
Russia (final cuts to be made)