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Canada -- The Saskatoon Wild have been well represented during the ongoing World Junior tournament, a startling ten players were selected from the VHLM clubs roster. Piotr Jerwa being selected to assist team World on the blue line. Anderson LaVey, Wolf Edmunds and Curtis Gary were all picked to represent the United States of America, but the real core of Saskatoon's players have claimed team Canada for themselves... mostly. Rylan Peace, Chance Trepanier, Brick Wahl, Toby Fitzgerald, Anthony Dabarno and Burnt Toast were all named to team Canada, nearly making up the majority of the national teams roster. 

Piotr Jerwa has been a reliable, hard working defensemen during the competition. The nineteen year old Polish defender has recorded a tremendously respectable five goals while assisting on six others. His eleven points earned him the third position among defenders for points scored during the round robin. Only Nana and Nguyen earned more points than Jerwa, who - as a bonus - remained a plus player. 

Anderson LaVey, along with the entire US squad, seemed to struggle during the round robin. LaVey managed to record a single goal while earning three helpers for a total of four points, however he finished the first phase of the tournament with a negative five plus/minus rating. LaVey had twenty shot attempts and scored on the power-play for team United States. 

 

Wolf Edmunds and Curtis Gary were both healthy scratches for the round robin, however they provide the US squad with limited depth; it is surprising that Gary was a healthy scratch for the tournaments opening round, we're not sure if it was a mistake or simply overlooked. The question is, if Gary was in the line up, would the results be different for the struggling US squad? 

Toby Fitzgerald leads the Saskatoon gang on the Canadian roster. The twenty four year old defender contributed three goals and seven assists for ten points, but his true asset to the team was his solid defensive play. He's blocked more shots and him and his Saskatoon teammate, Burnt Toast, have the highest plus/minus rating on the Canadian roster. Fitzgerald's play may accelerate Canada's attempt at another gold medal. 

Anthony Dabarno seemed to find everyone during the round robin, and when he found people, they scored on his feeds. Dabarno only scored a single goal during the round robin, but his eight assists draw a tie with Willinsky for first on the team. Beyond his ability to find people on the ice, his presence on the power play was felt during the round robin with three power play points to his name. Interestingly, Dabarno has also remained an extremely disciplined player for the Canadian squad. 

Rylan Peace - compared with expectations - struggled to find his footing during the round robin. The eighteen year old right winger was able to score two goals and earn five helpers for seven points, but it's not for a lack of trying. Peace has recorded thirty five shots on goal, unfortunately he seems snake bit with a shooting percentage of five point seven. Peace has played the least amount of minutes for the top six forward group, however he remains tied for fifth in points. 

Burnt Toast - like Toby Fitzgerald above - has been a solid, reliable defender for the Canadian club. Although not nearly, or even half as offensive as Fitzgerald, Toast has supplemented his defensive strength in other areas that formed Canada's strong defensive teams during the round robin.

Chance Trepanier is currently playing a depth role for Canada, but he's doing rather well with his limited ice time. His scored a goal and registered two assists with an average ice time of only ten minutes a night. It feels like a waste of a 200 TPA player leading the Saskatoon Wild in goals and points, but perhaps the talented Canadian roster is clogged on the wings. Regardless, Trepanier has been a solid depth player with a respectable plus/minus of five. 

Brick Wahl is the last Saskatoon player representing the Saskatoon Wild on the Canadian roster. Wahl took over team Canada's starting duties from former Wild starting goaltender Kevin Weekes, which is both comedic and ironic. Wahl went 4-2-0 during the round robin and posted a point nine-one-four save percentage on top of a two point six seven goals against average. Although statistically inferior to Weekes, Wahl is considered the more talented goaltender and faced stiff competition during the games he played. 
 

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