Johnson Wins Gold, Jiricek, Rysavy, Svozil Show Well, Other Blue Jackets World Juniors Nuggets

By Will Chase on August 23, 2022 at 1:45 pm
Defenseman David Jiricek in the World Juniors for Czechia.
Martin Voltr

Consider the World Juniors one big interview for prospects.

While some players are trying to increase their future draft stock and use it as an opportunity to showcase themselves, others are essentially using it as a tuneup for larger opportunities.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kent Johnson found his moment and capitalized at the most opportune time.

Tucking in his own rebound, Johnson scored the golden goal in overtime as Canada defeated Finland 3-2 for the gold Saturday night in Edmonton.

Johnson turned in a pretty good performance during the tournament with nine points (three goals, six assists). He also made waves when he scored 'The Michigan' in the Canadians' 5-1 victory over Czechia.

In Canada’s 5-2 win over Czechia during the semi-finals, Johnson had three points (one goal, two assists). On the other side for Czechia, Blue Jackets prospects David Jiricek and Stanislav Svozil each had an assist in the semi-final matchup. Martin Rysavy was held pointless.

Czechia fell 3-1 to Sweden in Saturday’s Bronze Medal game.

Overall for the tournament, Jiricek had four assists in seven games while Rysavy had two goals in seven games. Svozil had three points (one goal, two assists) in six games.

It was a good showing for all the Blue Jackets prospects, and it’s good to see Johnson have success in anticipation for Blue Jackets training camp in a few weeks, where he will vie for a top-six role.

He was named the best player in the semi-final victory on Friday.

Future NHL draft pick Connor Bedard had the following to say about Svozil.