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By Alex Chauvancy 22 Sept. December 2020

The New Jersey Devils may be a few weeks away from the start of the regular season but have no fear.The Junior World Championship kicks off this Friday on Christmas Day and the team will be well represented at the tournament They have six players from five different countries, some of which the organization drew up just over two months ago when drafting for 2020

For some potential Devils, it’s an opportunity to show why they were high picks For others, it’s a chance to put their names on the map after being picked late on let’s dive into the devils at the tournament and what You can expect from everyone

The Devils designed Mercer when she was 18 Overall win in 2020 Draft He finished the 2019-20 season with 60 points (24 goals, 36 assists) in 42 games between the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the QMJHL.His best qualities are his shot and stick handling, but he is also above average Playmaker And he has the versatility to play right or in the middle

Canada has a ton of talent (Quinton Byfield practiced as a quarter-liner at times) so minutes will be hard to get up to. So far, Mercer has skated as an extra during practice, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play He was on the team for the 2020 WJC and has played in seven games despite not recording a point.He will get his chance and his versatility of playing in the middle or on the wing will help him get minutes when he comes in of the line-up, he should play a middle six in all situations

The Devils moved Holtz in with the seventh overall win in the 2020 Draft and he’s been on fire ever since The hype for him as a prospect’s draft was real, but he took his game to a higher level in the SHL Before going to the selection camp, he had achieved a total of 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) and a Corsi share of 52 in 19 games for Djurgården44%

What makes Holtz so dynamic is his elite shot, but his game has opened eyes this season.He will play top-line minutes for Sweden and should have plenty of time alongside Lucas Raymond, the potential Detroit Red Wings Holtz has had a lot of success for the Swedes internationally, and this tournament will be no different. When all is said and done, he should be one of the top performers at WJC 2021

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He may not be the tallest at 5-foot-10,174 pounds, but Gritsyuk has a fascinating toolkit This is what Dylan Griffing of Dobber Prospects had to say about him in February:

“The most notable aspect of Gritsyuk’s game is his sheer speed and ability to help with it on both ends of the ice. Offensive, he’s a fantastic playmaker and it shows on the score sheet “

Those offensive skills seem to be developing well, given its production in Russia, to start this season, it’s also worth noting that Gritsyuk has added about £ 15 since the end of the 2019-20 season from The Devils’ Prospect, at the WJC To compete in 2021 he is perhaps the most interesting he should have a top 6 role for the Russians, and a strong tournament could really open some eyes to the potential he has

The Devils’ selection of Mukhamadullin did not come without raising eyebrows Overall winner, he was ranked a potential mid-to-late second round candidate by most scouting services, and some even predicted he should go to the third round, part of what is likely to make him a first-round election made, was his start in the KHL, where he had six points in his first 14 games with Salavat Yulaev Ufa

Mukhamadullin has since cooled down by three points in his last 17 KHL games, but he still played significant minutes for Ufa. At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, he runs well and has good mobility he has on Various hockey levels in Russia demonstrated offensive upward trend and the ability to move the puck effectively His defensive game takes work, but the WJC may offer the opportunity to see how much progress he’s made there hateval (ez_write_tag ([[580,400], ‘thehockeywriters_com -large-mobile-banner-1 ‘,’ ezslot_1 ‘, 666,’ 0 ‘,’ 0 ‘]);

While the Russians have a talented team, their blue line is the weakest unit that will bring them to the tournament Mukhamadullin is the most experienced of a defensive group that includes Yan Kuznetsov (2020) and Daniil Chayka (2021) Mukhamadullin will be top Play pair minutes and see the time for both the power play and the penalty shootout So it will be interesting to see how he handles the workload

Moynihan was in the sixth round of the 2019 draft (158) The Devils He spent the 2019-20 season at Providence College (NCAA) where he scored 13 goals and 21 points in 34 games as a freshman.Like Gritsyuk, he is one of the Devils’ lesser-known prospects, although he may not take advantage of Gritsyuk has

Chris Wassel of Dobber Prospects said this about Moynihan and his newcomer progress to Providence:

“January 2020 – Moynihan continues to improve gradually on both ends of the ice He has nine goals and 16 points in 25 games for Providence This is not a bad season for the center”

“March 2020 – Moynihan ended the year in Providence with 13 goals and 21 points in 34 games He managed to increase his shots on the net by 0.55 per game His shot is above average and at times showed some chemistry with Tyce Thompson”

It looks like Moynihan is a solid two-way player whose shot gives him a hit. He won’t play in the USA line-up but they will ask him to play tough defensive minutes and in the bottom six goals to achieve a certain hit rate He will probably see time for the penalty kick too

The devils designed Pytlik in the fourth round (a total of 99) in the 2020 draft.He finished last season with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 55 games for the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL.This is his second appearance for the Czechs in the U-20 WJC since he was in five games occurred and a template registeredeval (ez_write_tag ([[728,90], ‘thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2’, ‘ezslot_7’, 670, ‘0’, ‘0’]);

Pytlik had little opportunity to play competitive hockey in 2020-21 as the OHL season is still suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.He has a total of five games for the Czech national team in both the U-20 and in played in the senior national team and in four games in the second division of the Czech Republic. But that is the extent of competitive hockey he has played in recent months

The 2021 WJC is going to be the most played by Pytlik this season, and it should play a pretty important role for the Czechs. It measures at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and has good two-way ability a good chance he’ll play for the first six minutes, and even as the team’s first-line center, possibly with Jan Mysak, a 2020 colleague, on the left beside him

The Devils’ draft selections seem to be paying off as the six prospects they have will put them in third place at the tournament with the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs while some of their prospects may be further from NHL action than others, the WJC 2021 offers a glimpse into the future of the team and it could show that brighter days are ahead in New Jersey after a major remodel

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