Your Guide to the 2012 World Junior Championships

If you’re a fan of the World Junior Championships, you know that they never disappoint. Year after year, they bring us some of the most exciting hockey you’ll ever see – particularly for Canadian hockey fans, who have been absolutely spoiled with gold medals and great memories.

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Jets News: Rookie Randoms, Winning with Wellwood, Training Camp Invitees

Cheveldayoff, Scheifele, and Noel

Rookies Update

The Jets’ inaugural rookie camp kicked off Saturday at the MTS Iceplex in front of hundreds of fans eager to get their first taste of Jets action. Overall the practice was a bit anticlimactic, as the coaches merely ran the rookies through a series of intricate drills, but Mark Scheifele still managed to impress with his great shot and puckhandling ability.

Then last night the Jets rookies took to the ice as a team, playing their first contest in the Penticton rookie tournament which includes prospects from Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, and San Jose. They posted a 4-0 win over San Jose’s rookies, with goals from Levko Koper, Mark Scheifele, and Jason Gregoire. While several players made a strong effort, it was Scheifele who stood head and shoulders above all the rest. He scored a shorthanded breakaway goal on a quick backhand deke and added an assist by threading a pass through a defender’s legs perfectly onto Jason Gregoire’s stick. While he didn’t hit the scoresheet, Ivan Telegin displayed lots of skill and poise when in control of the puck, especially on the powerplay where he’d set up along the right half-wall and draw in opposing penalty killers before distributing the puck to an open man. Continue reading

Winnipeg Jets Rookie Camp

Jets rookie camp begins this Saturday at 2 pm at the MTS Iceplex. It represents the first opportunity for management to evaluate their prospects  first-hand, and will help them determine which of these young players may have NHL talent. There’s no doubt that the new franchise’s first ever selection, 7th overall pick Mark Scheifele, will garner the most attention over the weekend, but there are several other players to watch.

(For more on Scheifele, click here)

Prior to this summer’s draft, Carl Klingberg was Winnipeg’s best forward prospect. He’s a 20-year-old Swedish player with good size who possesses a lot of raw ability. Don’t be soured by his seemingly low stats, as he was a 19-year-old playing in Sweden’s best professional league (the Swedish Elite League). When among his peers, he stands out as one of the better ’91 born Swedish forwards – last year he scored 3 goals in 6 games at the World Junior Championships. Continue reading