Czech Republic World Junior Team: The Forwards

The Czech Republic U20 World Junior team are coming into the tournament lacking experienced players who have played at this level before, but they certainly are not lacking in offensive fire power. Lead by Filip Zadina, a projected top 5 pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, plus Martin Necas and Filip Chytil, two players who have played in the NHL early this season, they should be able to score enough against the weaker teams to prevent upsets, and stay in games against teams like Russia and Sweden, who they will be competing with in Pool B.

This team is stronger than the club that lost 5-3 to Canada in the 2017 Quarter-finals, and it shouldn’t surprise anybody if they go farther than that in 2018.

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Czech Republic World Junior Team: Goaltenders and Defensemen

The Czech Republic U-20 World Junior team are considered big underdogs behind the big favourites in Pool B, Russia and Sweden. Barring any meltdowns (think Finland in 2017), they should finish ahead of Switzerland and Belarus for 3rd place. Even then, they’ll be playing either Canada or the United States in the Quarter-finals.

The road to the medal round will be tough for the Czech team, led by the 2018 draft eligible goaltender Jakub Skarek, who at age 17 was in goal for their quarter-final loss to Canada that ended their medal hopes.

They don’t have many returning players on the backend, but the team will be led by a trio of defenders who call the Western Hockey League home, perhaps giving them a slight edge on the North American ice surface.

Let’s take a look at the goaltenders and defensemen who will be on the Czech Republic U-20 World Junior team.

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