IIHF.com’s Chapin Landvogt posted a list of players to watch from each of the teams participating at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton, and several Red Wings prospects made his list:
Sebastian Cossa, G, [Canada], 19:: One of the best and most successful starters in the WHL, Cossa has done a lot of winning the past three years. It’s basically all he does. Uncertain whether he’ll even be Canada’s starter, if Cossa gets the call, he brings a whole heck of a lot to the table for a nation that has racked up a lot of medals the past 30 years.
Jan Bednar, G, [Czechia], 19: This Detroit Red Wings draft pick is a starter in the QMJHL and has been an up-n-comer for several years now. He’s now looking to man the pipes for a Czech team that has all the makings of not only being a playoff contestant, but perhaps even go for a medal. His performance may be what makes it possible.
Simon Edvinsson, D, [Sweden], 18: A high draft pick in last summer’s NHL draft, the towering Edvinsson has been a workhorse and revelation for Swedish powerhouse Frolunda, not only taking a regular shift, but racking up 12 points in 24 games to date. Capable of it all in all three zones, Edvinsson has what it takes to take over a short tournament of this nature and will his team to victory. You won’t be able to miss him.
Continued; I’m not expecting Cossa to start for Canada as Dylan Garand has the experience at the WJC as a 19-year-old, but Cossa should gain good experience as a back-up;
Bednar is a wild card because he’s so spectacular and spectacularly inconsistent at the same time, surrendering “softies” at the same rate that he makes tremendous saves;
And Edvinsson’s going to be fun to watch because he, like Moritz Seider before him, is one of those players who’s a rink rat and a hard worker who challenges himself to improve every time he takes to the ice.