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Toronto Maple Leafs at the World Junior Championships: Game times, how to watch, groupings

It looks like there will be three Maple Leafs prospects playing in the 2018 tournament in Buffalo.

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In four days the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships begin, with the Czech Republic opening the tournament against Russia at 12PM EST at the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo, New York.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have three prospects at the tournament: 2017 1st round pick Timothy Liljegren will be playing for Sweden, 2017 2nd round pick Eemeli Räsänen will be playing for Finland, and 2016 2nd round pick Joseph Woll will be playing for the United States.

Timothy Liljegren

Liljegren has been playing defense with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League this season. In 17 games he’s scored one goal and added eight assists for nine points.

Previously for Sweden he played in the 2016 Under 17 ad Under 18 World Championships, winning bronze and silver medals respectively.

Eemeli Räsänen

Räsänen is playing defense this season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. In 28 games he has three goals and 19 assists for 22 points. He’s been a powerful presence on Kingston’s blue line, playing a big physical game and chipping in on offense when he can.

Previously for Finland he played in the 2017 U18 World Championships, the 2016 U17, and 2015 U16, winning a silver medal last year in the U18’s.

Joseph Woll

Joseph Woll is the starting goaltender for Boston College in the Hockey East conference of the NCAA. He’s played 15 games, has a 2.90GAA, and an .858sv%.

Previously for the USA he played in the 2017 World Juniors, 2016 U18, and 2015 U17. He won gold in 2017, bronze in 2016, and silver in 2015.

Schedule

Below you can find the schedules for the Leafs prospects. Times listed are for the preliminary games, as the playoff game times depend on where the USA finishes after the round robin.

Maple Leafs WJC Schedule

Date Home Away Time (EST) Venue Canada - TSN USA - NHL Network
Date Home Away Time (EST) Venue Canada - TSN USA - NHL Network
Dec. 26th, 2017 Belarus Sweden 2:00 PM Harbour Centre TSN GO 8AM - Dec 27
Dec. 26th, 2017 Canada Finland 4:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN Live
Dec. 26th, 2017 Denmark USA 8:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN Live
Dec. 28th, 2017 Finland Denmark 12:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN 1/4 Live
Dec. 28th, 2017 Sweden Czech Republic 4:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN 1/4 Live
Dec. 28th, 2017 USA Slovakia 8:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN 1/4/5 Live
Dec. 29th, 2017 Canada USA 3:00 PM New Era Field TSN Live
Dec. 30th, 2017 Sweden Switzerland 2:00 PM Harbour Centre TSN 5 7AM - Dec 31
Dec. 30th, 2017 Finland Slovakia 4:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN 1/4/5 Live
Dec. 31st, 2017 USA Finland 4:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN 1/3 Live
Dec. 31st, 2017 Russia Sweden 8:00 PM KeyBank Centre TSN 1/3 Live

Some games may be streamed on IIHF YouTube channel outside North America, but no confirmation yet.

Group A

Country 2017 Finish
Country 2017 Finish
United States Gold
Canada Silver
Denmark 5th
Slovakia 8th
Finland 9th

Group B

Country 2017 Finish
Country 2017 Finish
Russia Bronze
Sweden 4th
Czech Republic 6th
Switzerland 7th
Belarus Promoted from Div 1A

It’s a pretty wide open tournament this year, with the Swedes being picked as the best team the most so far. With Willie winning Men’s gold in May, it wouldn’t be too bad to see Timmy finally get some junior gold.

He has one hell of a celebration to live up to...