A week has gone by in the annual Men’s World Hockey Championship and the round robin play is about to wrap up. It is hard to pay attention to all that is going on and what players are doing with the Stanley Cup Playoffs going on at the same time. So I am here to check on some Toronto Maple Leafs players to see how they are faring. It was a rough season for the Leafs so some success should be fun for the guys.
Nazem Kadri had a productive start to the tournament for Team Canada posting three points and three assists as they sit comfortably in first place in Group A. Morgan Rielly has also shined in the tournament posting a goal and two points as he continues to grow as an offensive threat on the back-end. He has shown great confidence and chemistry with defense partner Jason Garrison who is also an offensive threat. Team Canada looks poised to go out on top of the hockey world again at tournament’s end.
James Reimer, who has shared goaltending duties with former Leaf Ben Scrivens, is also having a decent tournament in Europe, although only posting a .904 save percentage and a near 3.00 goals-against average. Reimer has won games and the tandem of him and Scrivens, with Justin Peters manning third-string duties, has proved to work for Team Canada, at least so far.
Nikolai Kulemin may not be a Leaf when next season hits, but we can still enjoy him as he represents his native Russia who sit undefeated in Group B and may be Canada’s biggest threat. He has three goals and four points in the tournament and he and his linemates Artem Anisimov and Sergi Kalinin are showing their skills as they have a combined seven points for Team Russia.
Finally, Jake Gardiner has looked good in the tournament for the United States despite a tough loss to Latvia. Paired with Matt Donovan, Gardiner has shown an ability to flourish on the European ice posting a goal and an assist in four games.