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    Team Canada has already made 4 cuts for the World Jr's. Always feel bad for the kids who get cut back to back years. Nick Merkley was cut for the 2nd year in a row last night. I thought Mete might have got a longer look. He's just 18 so he can try again next season. Final cuts could be made tonight. In Canada again this year so good start times.

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    Petes go into the Christmas break on an 8 game winning streak. Best they've looked since winning the OHL Championship in 2006. Their depth is really paying off so far this season. I'd still like to see them add at the trade deadline. Someone like Mitchell Stephens who will be playing for Canada at the World Jr's would be a nice add. Helps he's from Peterborough. Also helps they have Dylan Wells in net. If he's not the best goalie in the OHL he's close. I won't be surprised if he's one of the two goalie next year for Canada at the World Jr's.

    Speaking of the World Jr's they start a week today.

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    So the U.S cut DeBrincat and Brown? Crazy just crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by two24four View Post
    So the U.S cut DeBrincat and Brown? Crazy just crazy.
    Yeah, it appears Colin White will be the only returning forward from last year, too. I can only assume USA was worried about Brown's wrist injury. DeBrincat had a rough tournament last year, which may have hurt his evaluation -- USA was already of the opinion he needed to be on the top line or nowhere, it seems. Bracco is rumored to have been thought of the same way -- it may have come down to choosing between them like it seemed to last year. Team USA's management just can't seem to shake their reputation for favoring grit over scoring.
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    If this was Canada doing this there would be a riot.

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    I must say it's rather frustrating that Canada is taking 2/3 of Erie's top line and USA had the option to take the third who happens to have the most goals and was like "Nah, we're good."
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    Who is in charge of choosing the US roster? Brian Burke?

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    It always seems like they like to cut the kids who play in the CHL more than the others.. I don't think they like them leaving their program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by two24four View Post
    It always seems like they like to cut the kids who play in the CHL more than the others.. I don't think they like them leaving their program.
    They do seem to prefer NTDP kids, but it's not just the CHL they make weird cuts from. Last year, Kyle Connor and Alex Tuch (both NCAA) were the surprising absences (along with Bracco).
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    NM, sorry.
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    Denmark beating Finland has to be one of the biggest upsets in World Jr history. Finland is now 0-2 and plays Sweden who might just be the best team this year at the World Jr's. Rough start for the team who won gold last year. They might not even get to play in the medal round.

    Man I love the way Barzal plays. He's been great for Canada in the first two games.

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    Wow was that an ugly crowd in Montreal last night for the Canada game. They were lucky if there was 10,000 at that game. They went back to Toronto, Montreal to soon after they both just hosted this tourney two years ago. Ticket prices aren't helping either.

    I hope I'm wrong and I will gladly take being wrong, but I don't like Canada's chances vs Sweden in the Semi's if they play the way they have been.

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    Canada stepped up big time.

    U.S. Vs Canada for Gold.

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    Congrats to the U.S. on winning Gold. I didn't like some of the cuts they made before the tournament but they worked out just fine.

    I said this before the shootout, so before either team won....it's a joke that such a great game by both teams had to end via the shootout. The IIHF needs to change that at every level.

    Chabot is now a top 10 player ever for Canada at the World Jr's IMO. He played 44 mins last night after playing 30 mins the night before. To bad he's a Sens prospect

    Flood gates should open now on OHL trades before the deadline on Tuesday. Sounds like Cirelli might be going to Erie. I think Stephens will be on the move as well. Petes who are having their best season in 10 years finally made a big move last week getting Leafs prospect Korostelev and d-man Black from Sarnia. They might not be done either. I'm holding out hope they go after Stephens. He's from town and I think he would be perfect on this team.

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    I agree....the whole tourney comes down to one slip of the puck in the shootout, not a fan. It has worked in Canada's favour before but i would prefer they play it out. Some great hockey in this one
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    I think the US were a little lucky to to have that game go past regulation with all the unnecessary penalties they were taking. Chabot was amazing.
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    Some trades in the OHL are happening with the O/A deadline today at noon and for everyone else tomorrow at noon. Oshawa just sent Cirelli to Erie for McShane + picks. They are also rumored to be trading Vonde Sompel to London for Blacker + picks.

    Erie is stacked up front now with Cirelli to go along with D. Strome, Raddysh, DeBrincat, Foegele. Strome, Foegele and Cirelli are three of the best faceoff men in the OHL. Cirelli will be teammates again with Strome and Raddysh after they all just played for Canada at the World Jr's.

    Oshawa sure got the most out of Cirelli. He was a walk on just a few years ago after he was passed over in the OHL draft two different years. Then the year he walked on with Oshawa he scored the winning goal that won them the Memorial Cup. Now they turned him into McShane + a ton of picks. Not bad.
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    Erie's really going for it this year with definitely Strome and probably DeBrincat moving on to the pros next year with both of them eligible for AHL duty. Foegele, too, it looks like.
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    Wow what a day for trades in the OHL so far.

    Cirelli to Erie for McShane + Picks.
    Vande Somple to London for Blacker + picks.
    Stephens to London for four 2nd round picks. (How they made this trade without giving anyone up I have no idea)
    Bracco to Windsor for Carter, Burns + Picks. (One of the picks in this trade is for 2025. haha)
    London also traded for Salituro from the 67's who has been playing pro this season.
    Paquette to Petes for four 2nd's plus a goalie prospect.
    Petes traded Clarke to Flint for a 2nd and 3rd.

    OHL trade deadline isn't till noon tomorrow. Wonder how many more trades might happen.
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    Ill get a chance to check out Bracco next week.
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    Enjoy it. He's the best playmaker in the OHL right now. Leafs need to get him signed.

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