Winnipeg Jets fans will be treated to Michael Spacek, Jack Roslovic and Erik Foley all being in action on day four of the IIHF 2017 World Junior Championship.
Coming off a 4-3 overtime defeat to Switzerland on Tuesday, Spacek's Czech Republic squad will look to bounce back against a 1-1 Denmark side. Spacek is tied with Boston Bruins prospect Jakub Zboril for the team's scoring lead, with three points in two games played. The Czech's have thus far rolled with 2018 NHL draft eligible goalie Jakub Skarek; it'll be interesting to see if he's their man to the end, or if a second Boston Bruins prospect in Daniel Vladar will see some action.
Jakub Skarek (2018) playing well for the Czech side. Would like some quieter feet, come out from the net a bit more on the NA ice #WJC2017— Zachary DeVine (@zakkthebear) December 27, 2016
Roslovic and Foley face a stiff challenge against Russia this afternoon. Following their 5-3 loss to Canada on Monday, Russia responded with a 9-1 demolishing of Latvia. Given his KHL success, Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov's strong tournament is unsurprising. What has been more out of the blue are the concurrent performances of Alexander Polunin (undrafted), Mikhail Vorobyov (PHI) and Yegor Rykov (NJD), who have four, five and five points, respectively.
Team USA's line shuffling seemed to pay off for Jack Roslovic, who assisted on new wingman Tage Thompson's (STL) goal before doing the same for defenceman Charlie McAvoy (BOS). With all due respect to Erik Foley, Roslovic together with Thompson and Kieffer Bellows (NYI) may make for a more well-rounded, dangerous third line. At the very least, things got off to a good start for the Manitoba Moose leading scorer.
jack roslovic named the best player of team USA this game— Jake Baskin (@baskincase) December 29, 2016
Game 1: Denmark vs. Czech Republic
Game 2: Russia vs. USA
Game 3: Finland vs. Sweden