Final Score – USA 2 : Finland 1
Hudson Fasching (USA) –
He is incredible along the walls, uses his body really well. Has a lot of talent as a two-way, physical forward. Seems to do all the little things really well.
Jack Eichel (USA) –
Incredible puck control and is elite at using his body to shield the puck. Has a well-rounded style of play. His release is terrific, but he also has some sick vision on him. Controls the pace of the game especially in the offensive zone, and will direct traffic especially on the PP. Plays the game with a lot of emotion and has some grit to his play. Does some chirping, too. He impressed me, obviously.
Anthony DeAngelo (USA) –
Obvious that he is supremely skilled, but seems to try to do too much on his own occasionally. Discipline as a player is a bit of a question mark. Has elite skating and puck moving ability. Defensive zone play is a question mark.
Noah Hanifin (USA) –
Incredibly poised with the puck on his stick. Doesn’t try to do too much or force anything. He played a simple, smart game and knew his limitations. Really showed his defensive prowess, playing a terrific game in his own end. Elite skater.
Zach Werenski (USA) –
Great poise with the puck. Terrific quarterback on the PP. Seems to do a good job of surveying all of the options.
Dylan Larkin (USA) –
Really good at both ends of the ice, PK and PP time. Ryan Kesler-type.
Auston Mathews (USA) –
Plays like a man. Power guy that can muscle his way around the ice. Definitely seemed a bit nervous/hesitant in his first game. Had some good puck control.
Anthony Louis (USA) –
Fantastic PK guy. Skates really well and gives everything he has. Has some underrated offensive ability. Likeable player.
Thatcher Demko (USA) –
Started the game really shaky, but settled down as he went along which shows he has some good mental toughness.
Nick Schmaltz (USA) –
Has some really nice hands, and is extremely elusive.
Alex Tuch (USA) –
Huge body that can move really well. Really smart and has a nice smoothness to his game.
Brendan Carlo (USA) –
Quietly effective, keeps a low profile.
Joonas Lyytinen (Finland) –
Does a really solid job of protecting the puck. Moves it well, especially from his own end. Very agile on his feet and he has good four way mobility.
Julius Honka (Finland) –
When I saw him, I had to say right away “man, is he small.” Despite that, he moves incredibly well and has some great offensive talent. Great lateral movement.
Ville Huuso (Finland) –
Stays compact in his butterfly. Makes almost every save look easy. Doesn’t get panicked. Quick feet.
Roope Hintz (Finland) –
Really long and useful reach. Has some good puck control and can move well despite a large frame. Willing to use his big body. Good along the boards, but can be too fancy sometimes.
Sebastion Aho (Finland) –
Showed some really nice vision. Sparkplug type player. Doesn’t look too finished, and is a bit raw. Might not have a huge body, but he does a good job protecting the puck. Has some really nice skill especially with the puck on his stick.
Kaspari Kapanen (Finland) –
Really agile, good skating guy. Factor at both ends of the ice. Just has an electric look to his game.
Jesse Pulijarvi (Finland) –
Talented, you can see the tools. Tenacious on the puck, but definitely seems a bit raw and occasionally was behind the play. Willing to use his body and drive the net.
Mikko Rantanen (Finland) –
Has some nice offensive talent, relentless on the puck. Big body, nice upside.