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2022 World Junior Championship predictions

The winner of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will undoubtedly be Canada or Sweden, in accordance with two NHL.com writers.

NHL.com deputy managing editor Adam Kimelman believes Canada will win after achieving the championship game of the 2021 WJC, while NHL.com staff writer Mike G. Morreale predicts Sweden will win the tournament for the very first time since 2012.

In the championship game, Kimelman predicts Canada to defeat Sweden, while Morreale believes Sweden will top america, the 2021 champion.

Each writer also made his pick for best goalie, best forward, best defenseman and the very best 2023 NHL Draft prospect.

The 2022 WJC will undoubtedly be held Aug. 9-20 at Rogers Invest Edmonton. The tournament originally have been scheduled for Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 but was canceled after four days because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus. Results from those games will never be included once the tournament restarts.

The 10 teams will play in two groups. Group A includes Canada, Finland, Czechia, Slovakia and Latvia, and america, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Latvia was put into the tournament to displace Russia, which includes been banned from international play due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The very best four finishers in each group will play in the quarterfinals on Aug. 17. The semifinals are Aug. 19 and the championship and third-place game are Aug. 20.

All games will undoubtedly be broadcast go on NHL Network in the usa and TSN and RDS in Canada.

Kimelman predictions

Group Successful: Canada

Group B winner: Sweden

Champion: Canada

Second: Sweden

Third: USA

Surprise star: Logan Stankoven, F, Canada

Best goalie: Jesper Wallstedt, Sweden

Best defenseman: Luke Hughes, USA

Best forward: Mason McTavish, Canada

Top 2023 NHL Draft eligible player: Connor Bedard, F, Canada



Morreale predictions

Group Successful: Canada

Group B winner: USA

Champion: Sweden

Second: USA

Third: Canada

Surprise star: Jiri Kulich, F, Czechia

Best goalie: Jesper Wallstedt, Sweden

Best defenseman: Simon Edvinsson, Sweden

Best forward: Logan Cooley, USA

Top 2023 NHL Draft eligible player: Connor Bedard, F, Canada

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