Hockey is back this weekend as the puck drops for the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday in Toronto. This tournament is boasting 8 teams jam packed with NHL talent. Canada, The United States, Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Team Europe and Team North America all try for the crown. This tournament looks to be highly competitive with no clear favourites off the hop. Probably the most intriguing team is the newly formed Team North America. This young gun group is composed of Canadians and Americans aged 23 years or younger. This team is filled to the brim with the future stars of the game including 5 of the last 6 first overall draft picks in the NHL draft. Not many people are giving these kids a hope to get out of their division let alone win the tournament but they have the talent to turn some heads. This team is going to be driven, fast and relentless and could very well surprise a lot of teams. It’s going to be very exciting to see what the kids can do against the best the NHL has to offer. Leafs fans will be keeping close tabs on the squad as this year’s first overall pick Auston Mathews and many people’s prediction for the vacant Leafs captaincy Morgan Reilly will be pivotal members. No matter the outcome it will be interesting to see how these young stars will fare against the NHL elite. It should be a great, hard-fought tournament and the perfect primer for the upcoming NHL season.
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