Coronavirus episodes shake up camps before the air pockets. How it will affect those groups?
As gatherings assemble for the world youngsters, the ghost of Coronavirus poses a potential threat. Group USA and Sweden have both lost the administrations of three players and including before showing up in Edmonton, where the competition will be held in an air pocket not long from now.
For the Americans, the threesome of players all came from Boston College, where a positive case in the Terriers program was the guilty party. While Boston U. has stopped its season, Group USA won’t have defenseman Alex Vlasic (CHI), left winger Robert Mastrosimone (DET) or goaltender Drew Commesso (CHI) at camp. Fortunately, the Americans had the option to put out the call to three substitutions – defensemen Tyler Kleven (OTT) and Tracker Skinner (NYR), in addition to goalie Logan Stein (undrafted) – yet yesterday was the last day for groups to acquire new players, so any further certain tests will be especially frightful to public groups.
Vlasic was essentially a lock to make Group USA on account of his closure ability, however Kleven’s hot beginning to the season with the College of North Dakota makes him a tempting substitution alternative. Commesso was destined to be Group USA’s third goalie behind Spencer Knight (FLA) and Dustin Wolf (CGY) and he can in any case play one year from now, which is somewhat of a relief. Stein, a first year recruit at Ferris State, presently assumes control over that third spot. In a secured bubble, groups can’t bear to have just two netminders.
One final American thing to watch out for? The College of Wisconsin simply dropped a couple of games against Michigan State during the current week after the Badgers had a positive test in their program. Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield (MTL) is scheduled to be a vital participant for Group USA; how about we trust he escaped Madison as expected.
Sweden just lost their third player, as blueliner William Wallinder (DET) was yanked after his Modo group had a Coronavirus breakout. His nonattendance came past the point of no return for a substitution, however Sweden has 11 more blueliners to browse and that back end would have been a strength for them in any case, so it’s more shocking for Wallinder – however he’ll actually be qualified to play one year from now.
Additional disturbing for the Swedes was the deficiency of focus Karl Henriksson (NYR), who has been the paste fellow on different junior public groups while playing between the Dread Twins, Lucas Raymond (DET) and Alex Holtz (NJ). With no Henriksson, the Swedes are unsafely slight down the center, however they actually have a huge load of ability on the wings. One winger they won’t have, in any case, is William Eklund, a 2021 draft prospect who has been lightning for Djurgarden on a line with Holtz. Eklund’s 12 focuses in 16 games makes him one of the most noteworthy scoring junior-matured parts in the SHL, one point behind Holtz and attached with Raymond, who has played a larger number of games than Eklund.
Two non-Coronavirus related nonappearances for the competition are 2021 draft prospect Aatu Raty, who was scorned by Finland for a camp spot, and Slovakia’s Adage Cajkovic (TB), who was sent home subsequent to disregarding group esteems during camp (purportedly he tossed some dodgy hits on his expected partners). Cajkovic’s scoring potential will be woefully missed by Slovakia, however for all the groups missing players, whatever the explanation, it is critical to recollect that there is no assignment this year, because of the pandemic and different competitions being dropped.
This is large for Slovakia (also groups like Austria and Germany) and less so for the Americans or Swedes, who will absolutely meet all requirements for the decoration round even with two or three players missing. Maybe Sweden’s amazing cooperative win streak will reach a conclusion, however something else, the most dire outcome imaginable still isn’t really awful.