Nick Suzuki, Jason Robertson, and Pavel Shen have been selected for the Canadian, American, and Russian rosters respectively at the World Juniors (IIHF World U20 Championship).
Selected 13th overall in the 2017 draft by the Vegas Golden Knights, Suzuki is a centreman who was moved earlier this season to the Montreal Canadiens as part of the Max Pacioretty trade. Suzuki is currently playing in the OHL for the Owen Sound Attack, having been named captain after returning to the team.
Suzuki is especially well-known for his hockey sense and is one of the smartest players in major junior. After scoring 100 points in 64 games last season, Suzuki has 43 points this year in just 28 games and will be counted on to centre Canada’s second line at the World Juniors.
Robertson is currently second in scoring in the OHL with a staggering 60 points in 32 games. The left-winger and 2017 second-round pick of the Dallas Stars (39th overall) was traded mid-season to the Niagara Ice Dogs, where he has thrived with 22 points in just 8 games, averaging nearly 3 points per game, and will provide plenty of firepower for the American offense.
Coincidentally, both Suzuki and Robertson have younger brothers playing in the OHL. Ryan Suzuki was drafted first overall by the Barrie Colts and the highly skilled centre is projected to go at the top of the first round in the 2019 NHL draft. Nicholas Robertson is a forward currently playing in the OHL for the Peterborough Petes, and is projected to go in the late first or early second in the 2019 NHL draft.
Shen was a 7th round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in the 2018 NHL Draft. After spending most of his youth career with the Yugra organization, the left-shooting centre transferred this summer to Salavat Yulaev, where he has played for their junior (MHL), minor (VHL), and major (KHL) league teams.
Earlier this year, Shen captained the Russian team during the Russia-CHL series where he scored 4 points in 6 games and lead Russia to its first series victory since 2014.