The 2020 World Junior Championships are already in full swing and with it, a select number of Blue Jacket players will be participating. Each bring a certain aspect to each of their teams. Lets take a look at their seasons thus far and what they may end up bringing to their respective teams.
D Tim Berni (Switzerland):
Berni is playing in the top league in Switzerland and as a defenseman has 8 points in 27 games. Being 19 and already been through the process once before will be invaluable. Given the stage and the amount of ice he is seeing at a young age, Berni is one to watch in the years to come especially since he projects to be a prototypical NHL defenseman.
In one game thus far, Berni has zero points.
F Liam Foudy (Canada):
At over a point per game pace for the London Knights in the OHL, Foudy's development is going well. A successful WJC could put him up to an elite echelon. One tournament doesn't effect ones status all that much but in Foudy's case with his first round draft grade, you would like to see him dominate in some games.
His speed will continue to be a factor and with it, you hope that the skill comes. You will get those glimpses but you're hoping that the consistency will come.
In one game played thus far at the WJC, Foudy has zero points.
F Kirill Marchenko (Russia):
Marchenko is a big body who is already playing in the KHL. With six points in 15 games in the KHL at age 19, you like the way that his development is going. At the WJC, he is going to be a player that is leaned on and for good reason, he has the ability to take over games.
Now his second time playing in the WJC, he should know what it takes on the big stage.
Marchenko has one assist in one game at the WJC thus far.
F Dmitri Voronkov (Russia):
Similarly to Marchenko, Voronkov is a big body that on a big stage take over at points. Also having played in the KHL this year, Voronkov has played above his competition before and more than held his own.
Russia is always a dangerous team but with a team that has skill and size, Russia is going to have a tough team to play against especially in situations where the skill is decidedly more even.
Voronkov has one assist in one game thus far in the World Junior Championships.
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