If you're an Anaheim Ducks fan, this tournament is looking very promising. Yesterday, Sami Vatanen was the star. Today, even with a light two-game schedule, two other Ducks prospects managed to stand out:
No. 1 Star: Igor Bobkov, G, Russia
For the first time in the 2010 World Juniors, a goaltender stole a win for his team. Bobkov, a third-round pick of Anaheim in 2009, turned aside 46 Suomi shots for the shutout in a 2-0 win. Bobkov was most impressive in the second period, when Finland fired 21 shots his way. The 6-foot-4 native of Surgud, named the top goalie at the most recent U18 World Championship, kept the Finns scoreless on nine power plays. The win pushes Russia closer to the medal round of the tournament, and is the fourth shutout of the tournament and first from Pool B in Regina. It is also the first time that the team that was outshot has won the game.
No. 2 Star: Brandon McMillan, F, Canada
Another Anaheim Ducks third round pick had a huge day, as Brandon McMillan(notes) scored a hat trick to the delight of the Credit Union Centre crowd. He made his mark early, opening the scoring by catching Swiss goaltender Benjamin Conz scrambling in his crease less than 30 seconds into the game. He managed to score a goal in each period, finishing off the hat trick with a late power play goal as Canada easily defeated Switzerland 6-0.
No. 3 Star: Jordan Eberle, F, Canada
The Saskatchewan boy is setting himself up to be Canada's offensive leader this WJHC. His one goal and four assists put him in a tie for the tournament lead (seven) with teammate Gabriel Bourque, who was held pointless against Switzerland. The 2009 first-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers was especially effective on the power play, scoring a goal on a deflection while adding two assists. He also managed a team-high seven shots.
Honorable Mentions: F Nikita Filatov(notes) (RUS), of Columbus fame, had a goal and an assist to lead Russia offensively ... Once again, D Sami Vatanen led Finland with seven shots on goal ... G Jake Allen(notes) (CAN) posted his second consecutive shutout, although he has only had to stop 25 shots in total ... On the other end, G Benjamin Conz (SUI) had to face 103 shots over the past two days from USA and Canada, stopping 94 of them.
Hockey writer Bruce Peter will be providing coverage of the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship tournament for Yahoo! Canada and Puck Daddy, including daily recaps of game action and exclusive sights and stories from the event.