MacKinnon among players to watch at IIHF

18 Styczeń, 2018 - 11:51

MINSK, Belarus - The 2014 IIHF world hockey championship begins Friday in Minsk, Belarus. Here are some players to watch in the tournament:Nathan MacKinnon, Forward, CanadaEight years after Sidney Crosby played at the world championship as an 18-year-old, MacKinnon is doing the same. The Colorado Avalanche rookie and Kareem Hunt Jersey Calder Trophy front-runner played on the wing in Canada's exhibition game against Switzerland in Zurich. The natural centre could remain there for at least the start of the tournament given the team's strength down the middle.Tim Thomas, Goaltender, United StatesThis could be the international swan song for the 40-year-old goaltender, who is representing the U.S. for the eighth time in his career. Part of his job could be mentoring young Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck, but his main role will be to stop pucks behind a very young group. Expectations are high after John Gibson led the U. Eric Berry Jersey S. to a gold medal last year in this event.Alex Ovechkin, Forward, Ru siaOvechkin returns to the Ru sian team three months after a national failure Jah Reid Jersey at the Sochi Olympics, when he didn't score after his first goal early in the first game. Ovechkin is the biggest star in hockey taking part at the world championship and is doing so for the 10th time in his career. After the disappointment in Sochi, there's even more pre sure for him to produce.Tomas Hertl, Forward, Czech RepublicHertl mania gripped the NHL early in his rookie season, and this world championship is another chance for the young Sharks winger to shine. Even after mi sing a huge chunk of the season with a Christian Okoye Jersey knee injury, Hertl was up to his old tricks early in San Jose's first-round series, and the bigger ice could be a nice showcase for his skills.Seth Jones, Defenceman, United States

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