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Norsemen WJC Prospects Report

by Matt MacInnis | February 3, 2018, 1:08 PM ET

Team Canada


Dillon Dube, C

The captain of the gold medal-winning Canadian team, center Dillon Dube was integral to the winning effort.  He scored a three goals and added two assists in seven games, including the first goal of the championship game.  Dube logged major ice time and was used in every facet of the game by the coaching staff, despite reportedly coming into the event nursing some injuries. 


Dube returns to the WHL where he continues to lead his Kelowna Rockets, one of the WHL favourites to compete for the Memorial Cup.  Dube has 41 points in just 28 WHL games.


Kale Clague, D

The former second round pick had a much quieter tournament than many experts predicted, registering just a pair of assists in seven games.  His 16 SOG was tied for fourth in the tournament by defencemen. Clague began the tournament as the team’s #1 defenceman, but ended up playing more of an even role with the rest of the top four.


Clague was traded from the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings to the Moose Jaw Warriors immediately after the tournament.  Clague, who had scored an astounding 47 points in 28 games for the Wheaties, has three helpers in his first three games for the Warriors, who are currently leading the league’s standings.


Alex Formenton¸ F

Somewhat of a surprising selection to the team, Formenton has steadily built up his resume since being the Norsemen’s top pick in the 2017 SICHL Entry Draft.  Formenton had two goals and two assists in the tourney, including scoring the final goal of the event to ice the gold for his country. 


The lanky speedster will finish the season with the London Knights, where he’s playing a top six role on the perennially-strong squad.  Formenton seems to have an inside track to play a larger role next year with both the Knights and Team Canada.


Team USA


Joey Anderson, W

Captain America delivered exactly what was expected of him, with four goals and three assists in the bronze medal effort.  A player who can play anywhere in your top six, Anderson was a complementary player with skilled players, a disruptive presence on the powerplay and a lead penalty killer. 


Anderson has returned to his college team.  It’s unclear if he’ll return to the NCAA next season or make the decision to turn pro.  With his well-rounded game, he’ll be a contributor in whatever league he decides to play.


Adam Fox, D

Possibly the most under-rated Norsemen prospect in the tournament, the wily defenceman did it all for Team USA.  His five points were important, but not as crucial as his plus-six rating he earned despite facing off against the top players for the opposing team every shift of every game. Fox logged massive minutes throughout the tournament, and refused to buckle. 


The 5’10 defenceman will finish the hockey season with Harvard, and his next step is also uncertain.  Fox appears ready to make the jump to professional hockey, but may opt for another season of development as an undersized blueliner.  Fox is showing the early signs of being an all-around minute-eating top pair defender at the pro level.


Team Sweden


Alex Nylander, F

Vancouver Island’s first round pick in 2016, Nylander continutes to dominate play when facing competition his own age.  Nylander finished the event with 7 points in 7 games, and was absolutely dominant on the powerplay.  Sweden had a disappointing finish to the tournament, but Nylander’s play represented a good step forward for the budding scorer.


Nylander’s path to the Norsemen lineup is likely two more years away, but the talented sniper seems like he will be a good fit alongside Matt Barzal down the road.


Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, W

A mid-round selection in 2016, Fjallby is the fastest prospect in the Norsemen system.  His statistical performance at the WJC was fine, he picked up a couple points, but what really stood out was his effort level, particularly on the penalty kill, and his sweet, sweet hair.  Axel’s never going to be a top line player, but he projects similarly to another swift-skating Swedish Norseman, Carl Hagelin.


Team Switzerland


Tobias Geisser, D

A hulking presence on the ice, Geisser is still learning how to be a defenceman after transitioning midway through last season from a career of playing forward.  Geisser has good size and early on has demonstrated a solid aptitude for his new position.  Switzerland was often over-matched in the tournament, and Geisser faced a lot of top opponents.  He did a reasonable job of holding his own, and will be a central part of Switzerland’s 2019 team in Vancouver next year.


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