Many young players and prospects are getting set to represent their countries in the upcoming Under 20 World Junior Championships which will begin on December 26th. With the NHL on the verge of cancellation, this tournament will be the most prominent two weeks of hockey the entire year.
There's no better time for a young emerging star to showcase his talents.
Two emerging stars out of the same organization have an opportunity to do so. Offensive phenom, Mark Scheifele, will represent team Canada. The stout defensive-defenseman, Jacob Trouba, will represent team USA.
Though they may be rivals during the next couple of weeks, both of them represent their future hockey club, the Winnipeg Jets.
The tournament will be huge for both players as they’ll look to take their game to a whole new level. Having an impactful tournament in the World Junior Championships can bode well for a player's confidence. We've seen new stars born each and every year and this year will be no different.
Obviously, it's important that both of these young, up-and-coming stars compete to the maximum and gain all the more experience. But having a standout tournament might just be more important for one of them than the other.
It's more important that Scheifele stands out. Not as one of the better players in the tournament when it's said and done, but the very best player of the tournament.
With stars emerging from every country, it's a tough task. No one in the Winnipeg organization doubts Scheifele's skills, but now is the perfect time for him to let the entire world know he's arrived.
This is Scheifele's second appearance in the Under 20 World Junior Championships. After a disappointing outing in last year’s tournament, Scheifele will have a chip on his shoulder and Canada will look to bounce back with gold medal aspirations. More importantly, this will be the last time Scheifele will ever be eligible to compete in the World Junior Championships.
He'll look to go out with a bang.
Scheifele is beginning to reach the next level. He's one of the offensive leaders in every statistical category in the OHL. He'll look to take that production over to the WJC tournament as one of the leaders and focal points of team Canada.
As for Trouba, this will be his first second appearance in the Under 20 World Junior Championships. He has a lot to prove, but he'll have a lot more opportunities to do so. This will be a great experience for his development. However, if you know Trouba, then you know he's not just looking for experience. He's in it to win it and he's there to compete and play hard, physical hockey.
It will be an exciting tournament as always and Jets fans will be proud to see a glimpse of the future when two of their young stars put everything on the line. They may be rivals when their countries face off, but they'll be lifelong teammates in no time.