The World Junior Championship started Sunday, Dec. 26, with four games on the slate. Finland opened the event with a 3-1 win over Germany, followed by Sweden's 6-3 triumph over Russia. Then, Canada downed the Czech Republic, 6-3, and the United States beat Slovakia, 3-2.
Among the high-end prospects competing in this year's tournament installment are twelve players with NHL rights belonging to the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, or New York Rangers.
On Day 1, Buffalo's Owen Power stole the show by scoring a hat-trick for Canada. Power dominated every time he stepped on the ice, showcasing the dynamic abilities that resulted in him going No. 1 in 2021. The Ontario product possesses smooth skating ability and impressive playmaking skills with the puck. He's poised under pressure and makes quick, efficient distributions. Power will play a significant role in Canada's quest for a Gold Medal, and soon enough, he will be dressing in the NHL for Buffalo.
Here we break down how each prospect performed on the first day of the event.