Coyotes fans will be focusing on Barrett Hayton this year. After making the team out of training camp, Hayton has been limited to 14 games with the Coyotes this season and has a goal and three assists.
Hayton had a stellar first game as captain of Team Canada. He scored twice on the power play in Team Canada’s 6-4 win over Team USA. Hayton will play a key role for Team Canada this year, and this should help him grow as a player.
Representing Team USA in that game was defenseman Ty Emberson. Emberson is a more defensive defenseman so he likely won’t be showing up on the score sheet much this tournament.
Forward Jan Jeník doesn’t have the same name recognition as Hayton, but that may be changing soon. Jeník is impressing in his first full season in the OHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs, he is fourth in the league in points and he was the OHL Player of the Month for November.
Jeník also had a stellar first game of the tournament. He had an assist and the game-winning goal in the Czech Republic’s 4-3 win against Team Russia. Craig Morgan reported that Jeník along with Hayton and Victor Söderström was untouchable in the Taylor Hall trade and he should hopefully have a great tournament.
Representing Team Sweden this year is the Coyotes’ first-round pick this season, defenseman Victor Söderström. Sweden beat Team Finland 3-2, with Söderström taking two shots and finishing +1.
Playing for Team Final were forwards Matias Maccelli and Aku Raty. Neither played scored, with Maccelli taking two shots. Both players were selected by the Arizona Coyotes at this past year’s draft.
Valentin Nussbaumer with Team Switzerland also had a good first day of the tournament. He led all forwards on his team in time on ice with 19:47 and had an assist in Team Switzerland’s 5-3 win over Team Kazakhstan.
Slovakia vs Kazakhstan
Germany vs USA