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Sorry for not posting after the Canada/USA & Sweden/Russia games, frankly I was so disgusted with Team USA’s performance I didn’t feel up to blogging. So instead let’s just do a wrap encompassing the entire tournament.

Roman Horak: I saw Horak play only a few games, the fewest of all the prospects, however he did look to be the best Czech player on the ice, but that wasn’t saying much as the Czech team looked vastly inferior to the big 4 (Canada, USA, Russia and Sweden). Horak looks to have some good speed and offensive instincts, but looked poor when trying to pass the puck or receive passes, this could have just been due to the level of competition he was facing with very poor players to work with. All in all a pretty “meh” tournament for a player on a pretty underwhelming team.

Jesper Fasth: I think he was without a doubt one of the 5 best Swedish players for this tournament. He has explosive speed and a motor that never stops along with superb work ethic and fearlessness that you need for a guy that doesn’t have the biggest frames. I like what Ive seen from him in this tournament, and he looks to be a legitimate late round steal for the Rangers. He scored as many goals as any Ranger prospect in this tournament and quickly climbed up the depth chart on an outstanding Swedish team.

Ryan Bourque: I question if Bourque will ever become anything more than a 4th line energy player, however the drive to succeed is something you just never want to doubt. Bourque is the kind of kid that will never give up on a play. He gives you everything he’s got on every single shift, and leaves everything out there on the ice. However his goal scoring ability and playmaking ability isn’t what I expected for a guy touted as being an elite offensive prospect with poor size. Instead Bourque has turned into a tenacious forechecker who is supremely responsible in the defensive zone and almost never makes a bad play out there. If he can get his offensive game up to par with his defensive game he could turn into a legitimate 2nd line player in the NHL, as it stands now, I’m thinking Freddy Sjostrom for Bourque, but without the size.

Chris Kreider: He was team USA’s best skater in the final game, and for the entire tournament. The thing with Kreider though is that, to me anyway, it seemed like the game was just too slow for him. That nobody could keep up with him, and that he wanted so desperately to make the right play to keep his teammates involved in the play. He finished the tournament with the most goals on Team USA, the most points on Team USA, and easily set up the most scoring chances on Team USA by a wide margin. You get the feeling that Kreider is the kind of player that will get better with more competition and better teammates to play with. He’s already got an upper echelon NHL shot, elite speed with him possibly being the fastest player in North America, and as we have seen all tournament long, a defensive mind to help out in the play. This kid is going to be something very special out there. I have a hard time comparing him to any player in the NHL right now, that’s how unique he is.


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