What again transpired at the 2019 World Junior Championship in British Columbia is truly baffling. Martin Necas of the Czech Republic and Eeli Tolvanen of Finland are both quality NHL prospects. Each of them was a first-round pick in the 2017 draft. Both had excellent 2017-18 seasons, highlighted by elite performances at the 2018 WJC. And Tolvanen went on to star at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Both of them started this season in the NHL, Necas with Carolina and Tolvanen with Nashville, before heading to the AHL to continue their development. Their respective countries were delighted when the players were made available for the 2019 WJC. Each player was placed on his team’s first line and top power-play unit. Both saw time killing penalties and were used in all important situations late in ga...
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Tom Thompson spent 31 years in the NHL as a scout, Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager. He was responsible for running 14 Entry Drafts for the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild and also worked for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.