"It's been insane,"the 19-year-old said of his last four months. "I still have not really taken it all in. It's one of those things ... I do not understand if I'll be able to value it as much as I must up until I recall."

Daws attempted to put cold water on talk of his absence experience on this or any similar stage, however the fact remains along with Joel Hofer, the equally untested presumptive No. 2, Canada's crease remains an enormous enigma.

"It's a big setting. Very challenging, I think you might say," Daws stated. "But I'm simply there to stop pucks."

'This is what you drive for'

Hayton, Veleno, Smith, star winger Alexis Lafreniere and blue-liner Jared McIsaac were all part of the Canadian team that went house bitterly dissatisfied from in 2015's competition after falling to Finland in the quarterfinals-- a feeling they desire no part of here in the Czech Republic.

"I don't think there are any words required," stated Hayton, whose group deals with Russia in another headline-grabber Friday. "We all have that fire inside of us."

The Americans, on the other hand, are similarly inspired after losing the 2019 gold medal to the Finns with less than 90 seconds to play in regulation.

"Last year was a heartbreaker," said Samuelsson, among five returnees. "That feeling that you had, you don't want it once again."

Both the U.S. and Canada are sick of practising and playing exhibition games.

It's time for one to pen the rivalry's most current chapter.

"This is what you drive for," Hunter said. "They're a great team, we're an excellent group. That's what's going to make it a heck of a hockey video game.

"You desire that adrenaline. You wish to remain in the action. That's what it's all about."

Canada reduced into last year's world junior hockey championship.

Canada makes quick work of Finland in final tune-up:

Nolan Foote ratings 2 goals and adds and help in Canada's 4-2 win over Finland. 0:20

Group A, which is being contested in nearby Trinec, includes Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Kazakhstan.

While in years past there would be build-up ahead of the Canada-U.S. face-off-- typically on New Year's Eve-- this matchup comes a lot sooner and will provide one group a substantial edge early.

"You've got a big test right away," said Ty Dellandrea, a Dallas Stars' first-rounder called as one of Canada's alternate captains together with fellow centre Joe Veleno and defenceman Ty Smith. "It'll be good for us to bring our video game to the greatest level right off the start."

Always close

The Americans beat their northern neighbours 2-1 outdoors in a shootout in round-robin play in Orchard Park, N.Y., at the 2018 occasion in their last meeting at the world juniors-- Canada's only acne en route to winning its 17th gold medal at the teenage showcase.

Other recent results saw the U.S. down Canada 5-4 in a shootout to capture the 2017 final in Montreal after likewise winning 3-1 in Toronto on New Year's Eve.

"There's no putting your foot into the water-- you've got to go full in," stated U.S. centre Shane Pinto, another Ottawa first-round pick. "It's going to be a difficult one, however I think we're prepared."

Among five returning gamers from in 2015's sensational sixth-place surface in Vancouver and Victoria, Hayton stated wearing the 'C' for Canada will be unique.

"I was just incredibly honoured," stated the 19-year-old centre. "You idolize the people who play here."

Canadian head coach Dale Hunter stated Hayton's expert experience played a consider the choice.

"He's a leader," said Hunter, himself a former NHL captain. "On and off the ice he's a character kid."

Daws favourite to begin in net

The coach stayed coy about Thursday's starting goalie, however Nico Daws, a netminder with absolutely no global experience prior to this month, is the odds-on favourite to get the nod.

The undrafted netminder was never ever realistically on Hockey Canada's radar before a standout start to the season that has him leading the Ontario Hockey League with a 2.06 goals-against average and a. 939 save portion for the Guelph Storm.

"You've got a big test right away," said Ty Dellandrea, a Dallas Stars' first-rounder called as one of Canada's alternate captains along with fellow centre Joe Veleno and defenceman Ty Smith."It's been crazy,"the 19-year-old stated of his last 4 months. Really challenging, I guess you could say," Daws said."I don't think there are any words required," stated Hayton, whose team faces Russia in another headline-grabber Friday."Last year was a heartbreaker," said Samuelsson, one of 5 returnees.