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2019 U18 Worlds: Notes from Days 3 and 4

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Here are your notes from Day 3 and Day 4 of the 2019 U18 World Championship in Sweden.


  • Semyon Chistyakov (D) | #16 Central Scouting (European Skaters) - Chistyakov, an alternate captain on Team Russia, scored the game-winning goal, took a penalty, and put six shots on net in Russia’s 5-1 win over Latvia on April 20. The goal below is his first and only point of the tournament thus far. The 5-foot-10 defenseman has played two seasons in the MHL with Tolpar Ufa. He averaged 17:58 TOI/GP in the playoffs with Tolpar after averaging 15:53 TOI/GP in the regular season.
  • Ilya Nikolayev (F) | #9 Central Scouting (European Skaters) - Nikolayev is the highest-ranked center among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He notched two primary assists and put three shots on net for Russia against Latvia on Saturday, but was held scoreless by Team USA on Sunday. He has three points in his first three games at the U18 Worlds. Nikolayev picked up 25 points in 41 games in the MHL with Loko Yaroslavl.
  • Martin Lang (F) | Unranked by NHL Central Scouting - Lang had a big game for the Czechs on Saturday. He scored two goals and put six shots on goal in the Czech Republic’s 8-2 over Team Switzerland. On Sunday he scored another goal against Finland. Lang, a 5-foot-11 winger, scored 11 goals and notched 22 assists in 65 games with the Kamloops Blazers this year. He is now up to 11 points in his first three games at the U18 Worlds.
  • Filip Koffer (F) Unranked by Central Scouting - Koffer has taken the U18 Worlds by storm. He’s the Czech Republic’s leading scorer with four goals and two assists in the first three games of the tournament. Three of his four goals have been scored on the power play. Koffer was the only non-North American skater who had six or more points before today’s games. He’s eligible for the 2019 Draft.
  • Cole Caufield (F) | #8 Central Scouting (North American Skaters) - Yep, Caufield did it again. The undersized winger scored two goals on four shots in USA’s 6-3 win over Russia on Sunday. That puts him up to nine goals and two assists in the first three games of the U18 Worlds. His stock is definitely on the rise.
  • Cam York (D) | #12 Central Scouting (North American Skaters) - York is the highest-ranked American defensive prospect in this year’s draft, and TSN’s Bob McKenzie has him ranked as the 15th best prospect available. York was a standout in the defensive zone and picked up two primary assists yesterday. In the first three games of the U18 Worlds he has one goal and four assists and is leading all skaters with a +9 plus/minus. He’s committed to the University of Michigan.
  • Aku Räty (F) | #67 Central Scouting (European Skaters) - Räty potted a goal with less than a minute left in yesterday’s game between the Czech Republic and Finland. He also led his team with six shots on goal. The six-foot tall winger now has two goals in the first three games of the tournament. Aku, who is the eldest of the two Räty brothers on Team Finland, plays his club hockey with Kärpät’s U20 team. He picked up 19 goals and 26 assists in 52 games in the Jr. Liiga this season
  • Philip Broberg (D) | #5 Central Scouting (European Skaters) - Broberg is the highest-ranked Swedish prospect in the 2019 Draft. McKenzie has him ranked as the eighth-best prospect available. A left-handed blueliner, Broberg is 6-foot-3 and, according to Craig Button, is an “exceptional” skater. He had a three-assist game — his first points of the tournament — yesterday in Sweden’s 5-1 win over Slovakia. All three of his assists were primary.
  • Nolan Maier (G) | #22 Central Scouting (North American Goaltenders) - Maier made 41 saves yesterday in Canada’s 11-1 win over Team Belarus. It was his first start of the tournament. Maier just finished his second season of WHL hockey with the Saskatoon Blades. He finished the 2018-19 WHL regular season with a .910 save percentage through 3114 minutes.
  • Dylan Cozens (F) #5 Central Scouting (North American Skaters) - The 6-foot-3 powerhouse from the Lethbridge Hurricanes scorched Belarus with a two-goal, three-assist performance yesterday. Two of Cozens’ three assists were primary. He also put a team-leading seven shots on net in a game that featured 102 combined shots from both teams. This was the performance Canada was hoping to see from the big forward, especially after his relatively quiet start to the tournament.

All data courtesy IIHF.com, WHL.ca, engmhl.khl.rus. Prospect rankings via Bob McKenzie’s draft rankings at TSN and NHL Central Scouting dashboard.