< img alt ="" srcset=" https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406829.1577119339!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_300/lafreniere-alexis-181219-1180.jpg 300w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406829.1577119339!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_460/lafreniere-alexis-181219-1180.jpg 460w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406829.1577119339!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_620/lafreniere-alexis-181219-1180.jpg 620w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406829.1577119339!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_780/lafreniere-alexis-181219-1180.jpg 780w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406829.1577119339!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_1180/lafreniere-alexis-181219-1180.jpg 1180w" sizes= "( max-width: 300px) 300px,( max-width: 460px )460px, (max-width: 620px )620px,( max-width: 780px )780px, (max-width: 1180px ) 1180px" src=" https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406829.1577119339!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_780/lafreniere-alexis-181219-1180.jpg" > Canada forward Alexis Lafreniere, who according to lots of scouts possesses the speed, ability and

vision to control in the NHL, is projected to go initially total in June on numerous NHL draft boards.( Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press/File) The six-foot-one, 194-pound Lafreniere made the Canadian roster at last year's world juniors as the 13th forward, but will be counted on to lead his nation both on and off the ice in the Czech Republic.

Another gamer tabbed to go high at the 2020 NHL draft, Raymond scored the objective that won Sweden its first world under-18 title-- on home soil, no less-- back in April. Sandin recorded two assists in six games with the Leafs, and has added 12 points in 19 trips with the AHL Marlies. Smooth-skating defenceman Rasmus Sandin need to provide offending punch for Sweden at the world juniors. The 17-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., is likewise anticipated to hear his name called early at the NHL draft in June, perhaps even very first overall." He's an ox," stated world junior colleague Ty Dellandrea. The five-foot-seven, 165-pound Caufield has 12 goals and 20 points in 18 video games so far this season with the NCAA's Wisconsin Badgers. " We're both small and like to score goals," Chicago Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat said. "He can actually put a puck in a small spot."

Ville Heinola

Selected 20th overall by the Winnipeg Jets at the 2019 draft, the 18-year-old figures to be an essential piece of Finland's blue-line as the nation aims to repeat as gold medallists. Heinola played eight games for the Jets this season, signing up one objective and 5 points, and worn for three contests with the AHL's Manitoba Moose.

< img alt="" srcset =" https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406818.1577119184!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_300/heinola-ville-191003-1180.jpg 300w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406818.1577119184!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_460/heinola-ville-191003-1180.jpg 460w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406818.1577119184!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_620/heinola-ville-191003-1180.jpg 620w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406818.1577119184!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_780/heinola-ville-191003-1180.jpg 780w, https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406818.1577119184!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_1180/heinola-ville-191003-1180.jpg 1180w "sizes= "( max-width: 300px) 300px, (max-width: 460px) 460px,( max-width: 620px) 620px,( max-width: 780px) 780px ,( max-width: 1180px)

1180px" src =" https://i.cbc.ca/1.5406818.1577119184!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_780/heinola-ville-191003-1180.jpg" > Defenceman Ville Heinola, who played 8 games previously this season for the Winnipeg Jets, had two points in five video games at last year's world juniors for Finland. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) He's because returned to Finland to play expertly with Lukko Rauma for the rest of 2019-20. Heinola had a goal and an assist in

five games at last year

's world juniors. Spencer Knight The very first goalie selected at the 2019 draft, Knight is having a standout freshman season at Boston College in the NCAA. The 13th pick in June by the Florida Panthers, Knight is 11-4-0 and has a 1.73 GAA and.940 save percentage. Knight, 18, got into 2 video games for the U.S. at last year's world juniors.

" I believe he can play [in the NHL] now," previous NHL netminder John Vanbiesbrouck, the Americans' assistant executive director of hockey operations, said of the six-foot-three, 192-pound Knight.

Alexis Lafreniere

When he left to sign up with Canada, the 18-year-old winger for the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic had 70 points in 32 video games this season to lead the Canadian Hockey League in scoring. Forecasted to go No. 1 in June on lots of NHL draft boards, the native of Saint Eustache, Que., has all the tools to control at the next level-- speed, ability and vision.

The five-foot-seven, 165-pound Caufield has 12 objectives and 20 points in 18 video games so far this season with the NCAA's Wisconsin Badgers. The first goalie picked at the 2019 draft, Knight is having a standout freshman season at Boston College in the NCAA. The 18-year-old winger for the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic had 70 points in 32 video games this season to lead the Canadian Hockey League in scoring when he left to sign up with Canada. Sandin recorded two assists in 6 games with the Leafs, and has included 12 points in 19 getaways with the AHL Marlies. Smooth-skating defenceman Rasmus Sandin should offer offensive punch for Sweden at the world juniors.