It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Well, not quite yet, but for two Toronto Maple Leafs prospects, their World Junior Hockey Championship dreams are a lot closer to coming true. American Matthew Knies, Toronto’s 2021 2nd round pick, and Canadian Ryan Tverberg, Toronto’s 2020 7th round pick, were both named to their respective nation’s World Juniors preliminary camp rosters.
For Matthew Knies, this was not a surprise whatsoever. While he has yet to play for the United States at a major international tournament, Knies is expected to be a major contributor in the USA’s top six. He starred for the United States at the World Junior Summer Showcase in August, scoring four goals and seven points in five games. Factor in his excellent play so far at the University of Minnesota, where he has 15 points in 16 games as a freshman, and Knies was a no-brainer pick for this roster.
Always follow your shot for the rebound, right @GopherMBB ?@Matthew_Knies pic.twitter.com/MN8KB6nxlc
— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) November 20, 2021
The question for Knies is who he will play with, rather than will he make the final roster. With his combination of size ( …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation