Sweden has been a favorite to win the tournament so this will pose as a tough test for the Canadians, I believe they have the talent to pull off the win. They certainly aren't lacking in the talent pool, with a roster of NHL 1st Round Draft prospects such as Dylan Strome, Mathew Barzal, Thomas Chabot and Tyson Jost to name a few. Fingers crossed for another Canada versus USA matchup for a chance at redemption.
Speaking of talent pool rich Canadian World Junior teams, how abut the group of boys from '95 who lead Canada to it's third straight WJC gold. There were 13 first round NHL picks on the 1995 Canadian squad, including eight from the class of 1994.
Team Canada benefited from the NHL lockout of 1994-95, as many players who would normally not be made available to the national junior team suited up to represent the red-and-white in Red Deer.
They would cruise through the tournament going 7-0-0, outscoring their opponents 49-22. In terms of offensive prowess, the competition was fairly weak. The best non-Canadian in the tournament in terms of future success was Adam Deadmarsh, who tallied 10 points for the fifth place Americans.
Upper Deck released a sub-set in their 1994-95 SP product that focused on the '95 World Juniors featuring 18 of the 22 members on Canada.
|#136 Alexandre Daigle, Canada|
|#137 Jamie Storr, Canada|
|#138 Todd Harvey, Canada|
|#139 Wade Redden RC, Canada|
|#140 Ed Jovanovski RC, Canada|
|#141 Jamie Rivers RC, Canada|
|#142 Ryan Smyth RC, Canada|
|#143 Jason Botterill, Canada|
|#144 Denis Pederson RC, Canada|
|#145 Jeff Friesen, Canada|
|#146 Dan Cloutier RC, Canada|
|#147 Lee Sorochan RC, Canada|
|#148 Marty Murray, Canada|
|#149 Shean Donovan RC, Canada|
|#150 Larry Courville RC, Canada|
|#151 Jason Allison, Canada|
|#152 Jeff O'Neill RC, Canada|
|#153 Bryan McCabe|
Eric Daze, the tournaments leading goal scorer with 8 markers, did not receive a card in this particular sub-set. Although Daze does have 'World Junior' cards from that tournament in sets such as 94-95 Upper Deck, Finest, Leaf Limited and Pinnacle.
What a crop of future NHL stars, arguably one of the best goup of players to represent Canada at the WJC in history.