Connor McMichael is a gold medalist. Team Canada won the World Junior Championship on Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Russia. Russia had defeated Canada 6-0 during the round-robin stage of the tournament, but McMichael and Co. won in the rematch to claim gold.
Canada trailed 3-1, but McMichael was a big part of the turnaround, scoring to pull Canada to within one.
The goal was McMichael's fifth of the tournament and helped spark the comeback win. He finished the tournament tied for fourth in goals.
Other prospect notes
- Want to hear more about McMichael? TSN analyst Craig Button joined Rob Carlin on the Capitals Talk podcast to give his thoughts on the future Cap and he had some high praise for him.
- It is no surprise to hear Button praise McMichael on the podcast. After all, McMichael came in 19th in Button's rankings of NHL-affiliated prospects. Also making the list? Alex Alexeyev at No. 37.
- Defenseman Martin Hugo Has is coming to North America. He will play for the North Bay Battalion in the OHL. General manager of the Battalion, Adam Dennis, told reporters, "Hugo has decided to come to North America for further development and develop his career for a chance to have an NHL career so we are happy to help with that process." Has was playing in Finland prior to the move. He also played for the Czech Republic in the World Junor Championship, recording one goal and two assists in five games.
- Joe Snively is out week-to-week after getting boarded by Bridgeport Sound defenseman Kyle Burroughs. Burroughs received a two-game suspension for the hit. Snively was enjoying quite the turnaround after a slow start to the season. He has nine goals and seven assists in 34 games.
- Vitek Vanecek has won eight of his last 10 starts and has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of those games. He ranks seventh in the AHL in GAA with 2.30 and 19th with a .911 save percentage.
- Mike Sgarbossa has been named to the Atlantic Division's AHL All-Star roster. He leads the Bears in points with 35 which is also tied for fifth in the league.
- The season did not get off to the start either Riley Sutter or Kody Clark would have wanted as they both had to sit out with injuries. But since both were injured during the prospects showcase in Nashville, both were able to keep each other's spirits up as they worked their way back onto the ice. Check out the story here.
- Philippe Maillet has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last four games for Hershey.
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