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Morgan Frost has already grasped the essentials of being a Flyers prospect: keeping Annie happy.

Morgan Frost puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number twenty-seven overall pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center.  David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Day one of the World Juniors is in the bag, and as expected Canada walked all over Denmark. I’m not sure anyone expected 14-0, but there you go. Flyers prospect Morgan Frost, son of Leafs former in-arena announcer Andy Frost, put up five points, including three goals, and was named Canada’s Player of the Game.

Canada and Czechia are currently tied atop the Group A standings, with USA and Sweden at the top of Group B.

Canada goes up against Switzerland at 7:30 pm Eastern tonight when Leafs prospect Ian Scott will start in net. DiPietro had an assist yesterday so if Scott wants to beat him out for starter, he’s gonna have to score a goal. Meanwhile at 6:30 pm Rasmus Sandin, Pontus Holmberg and Team Sweden take on Slovakia, who held the fort and even had the lead for a while against the Americans yesterday.

How to watch the World Junior Hockey Championship - elseldo
Here is the full schedule for both Canadian and American teams.

2019 World Junior Championship Preview - Katya
The Leafs have four prospects on the rosters of three teams. Get ready to watch them, plus a host of draft-eligible players, as they fight it out for the gold medal.

Team Russia at the 2019 World Juniors | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
The 2019 World Juniors are upon us! The tournament, hosted this winter in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria, opens this evening, so definitely time to cast the eye over Team Russia's roster and prospects for the event.

Apart from World Juniors there wasn’t much hockey news yesterday:

Canada opens Spengler Cup with victory over host HC Davos | The Star
Most participating teams are club teams from around Europe, but Hockey Canada puts together a team of free agents and other Canadians playing abroad to compete.

Karl Alzner recalled from the AHL by the Montreal Canadiens - Eyes On The Prize
The veteran defenceman is back in the fold in Montreal.

Los Angeles Kings goal songs, ranked - Jewels From The Crown
Clearly the most important thing to happen this season

However, all this hockey watching has exposed me to a wonderful series of commercials by Chevrolet. I do not endorse this whole allowing Alexa access to your car bullshit because I am a sci-fi fan and I know how this ends, but it gave us four fun commercials:

Enjoy your Thursday!