After predicting the roster for both Canada and Sweden, I decided to tackle this new hybrid team of young guns. This will be a team loaded with talent, here are my predictions for the North American Young Stars roster
1. Nathan MacKinnon (20, Canada)
MacKinnon is going to be a future superstar, he is a fantastic skater and he is going to be a leader on this team.
2. Jonathan Drouin (21, Canada)
MacKinnon’s old teammate, look for them to be a great duo in this tournament. Drouin will soon become a gifted player on Tampa Bay’s young team.
3. Connor McDavid (19, Canada)
McDavid has been talked about for so long, everyone wants to see him play against top players, this tournament should showcase his extreme talent.
4. Jack Eichel (19, USA)
Another player who has been talked about just as much as McDavid. Jack Eichel is definitely going to be a huge factor on this team.
5. Sean Monahan (21, Canada)
A 30-goal scorer in his 2nd season in the NHL, Monahan is turning into the player who will not only lead the Calgary Flames, but also the Young Stars team.
6. Brandon Saad (23, USA)
A very talented forward in the Blackhawks organization that can dominate at both ends of the ice, Saad is a gifted player who will be one of the leaders on this squad.
7. Alex Galchenyuk (22, USA)
Still trying to blossom into the 3rd overall pick Montreal wanted him to be. A very talented forward with great vision and great hands.
8. Max Domi (21, Canada)
After his incredible performance at the World Juniors last year, it would be shocking if Domi wasn’t picked for this team.
9. Johnny Gaudreau (23, USA)
After an impressive rookie season for Gaudreau, he will be looking to make an impact on the big stage just like he did with the Calgary Flames.
10. Mark Scheifele (23, Canada)
Scheifele is very talented forward, he nearly reached his first 50-point season last year and will be looking to be a contributor.
11. Sean Couturier (23, Canada)
Couturier has been disappointing since his arrival in Philadelphia. He has failed to find his offensive game, but his defensive awareness is very useful for playing top penalty killing minutes. He was impressive at the IIHF tournament, maybe that will help him turn his game around.
12. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (23, Canada)
A solid 50 point player for the Edmonton Oilers. He is still trying to become the 1st overall pick he was meant to be a few years ago.
13. Jonathan Huberdeau (23, Canada)
Florida fans are still hoping to see Huberdeau develop into a fantastic player to help the franchise. He will be wanting to make a statement during the tournament.
On the bubble: Ryan Strome, Sam Reinhart, Boone Jenner, Curtis Lazar, Bo Horvat, Anthony Duclair
1. Aaron Ekblad (20, Canada)
A possible Norris winner in the future, Ekblad already plays a mature game. He is looking like a phenomenal 1st overall pick, Florida fans should be happy to have him, because the Young Stars team will.
2. Morgan Rielly (22, Canada)
Rielly is quite possibly the only thing Leafs fans are looking forward to. He is going to be a stud and a great quarterback on the powerplay.
3. Jacob Trouba (22, USA)
Trouba is a great defenseman, he will be on the Jets’ blue line for a long time and he is going to be a huge factor for the Young Stars squad.
4. Seth Jones (21, USA)
In a draft where he could have been a 1st overall pick, Jones was picked #4 overall by the Nashville Predators. He is developing into an amazing defenseman who can play very good at both ends of the ice.
5. Dougie Hamilton (23, Canada)
A big part of Boston’s blue line, Hamilton is capable of handling big minutes and playing in any situation.
6. Ryan Murray (22, Canada)
If he can stay healthy, Murray could be a great top-6 defenseman. He has tremendous upside, yet we have been unable to see it.
7. Cody Ceci (22, Canada)
Ceci is a great two-way defenseman. He can handle big minutes if necessary.
On the bubble: Darnell Nurse, Matthew Dumba, Damon Severson, Griffin Reinhart, Noah Hanifin
1. John Gibson (22, USA)
Clear cut #1 goalie for the Young Stars, he has already shown he can win at the International level.
2. Calvin Pickard (23, Canada)
Pickard should be the backup because of his experience over Subban.
3. Malcolm Subban (22, Canada)
Little NHL experience for Subban, he can still be a solid backup goalie if needed.
Possible line combinations:
Brandon Saad – Nathan MacKinnon – Jonathan Drouin
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Mark Scheifele
Alex Galchenyuk – Sean Couturier – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Max Domi – Connor McDavid – Jack Eichel
Aaron Ekblad – Morgan Rielly
Seth Jones – Jacob Trouba
Dougie Hamilton – Ryan Murray