Yesterday the World Junior rosters became final final, as the Russian team formally released its list.
With Samorukov officially making team Russia, we have our final list of Oilers prospects competing at the WJC.
— EDM Prospect Watch (@EDProspectWatch) December 25, 2017
The late addition of Samorukov gives the list some depth, interesting that three of the four men in the tournament are 2017 draft selections. Here are their league numbers:
- R Ostap Safin, Saint-John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 33gp, 13-19-32 (127 shots) (.970)
- R Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 13gp, 2-10-12 (32 shots) (.923)
- RC Aapeli Rasanen, Boston College (NCAA) 18gp, 3-7-10 (28 shots) (.556)
- LD Dmitri Samorukov, Guelph Storm (OHL) 32gp, 4-11-15 (73 shots) (.469)
I wrote about the WJ’s for The Athletic here, suspect this tournament will see Yamamoto and Rasanen in feature roles. Later today: JT’s Shark has his latest installment on European hockey and how fans see the game (it’s a fascinating look) and I’ll have a WJ tee up tomorrow morning revolving around two Finnish forwards who appeared to be running about equal as prospects in January 1984.