Leafs Prospect Roundup: World Juniors Update, Miettinen’s hot start, SDA on the shelf

All eyes will be on the upcoming World Junior Championships and the Leafs will be well represented. Six of the Leafs’ recent draft picks will suit up in the tournament, including their first four selections in the 2020 NHL draft. After a somewhat arduous journey, all of the teams have arrived in the Edmonton bubble and are wrapping up their quarantine period as practices begin today.

The charter carrying SWE/FIN/RUS has now departed from Helsinki and is scheduled to make refuelling stops in Iceland and Goose Bay on its way to Edmonton. A cargo plane will bring in the equipment separately.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 13, 2020

Rodion Amirov headlines the group of Leafs prospects set to take part in the tournament and will be a big part of the Russian squad. He is currently slotted onto the top line with Minnesota Wild prospect Marat Khusnutdinov and the highly touted Vasily Podkolzin of the Vancouver Canucks. He was a key player on both special teams units for Russia at the Karjala Cup in November and he will likely fill that role for them at the WJC as well.
Mikhail Abramov, selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, is also vying …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

World Juniors Report: Nick Robertson is Looking Good

This year’s World Junior Championship is underway and three Leafs prospects took the ice on Thursday afternoon in their first games of the tournament.
One of those prospects was 2019 second-round pick, Nicholas Robertson. The 18-year-old forward and his American teammates faced off against Team Canada in a high-event Boxing Day matchup.
Robertson started the tournament on the first line, to the left of Senators prospect Shane Pinto and Islanders first-rounder Oliver Wahlstrom. He was also deployed on the team’s top power-play unit. Team USA’s coaching staff seem to be high on Robertson, and for good reason – all he has done in the OHL this season, at the Summer Showcase this past summer, and in the recent pre-tournament games is work hard and score goals.
Thursday afternoon’s matchup against the Canadians was no different.
While Robertson did get off to a bit of a quiet start, the Leafs prospect and his linemates improved as the game progressed. As he typically does, Robertson made smart decisions with the puck, provided energy away from it, and eventually put up a couple of points.
Here are a few standout plays from his game:

Nick Robertson ( …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation