In all likelihood, Slovakia’s most important game of the round-robin will also be its final one of that round, with Kazakhstan as the opponent. The outcome will probably determine which team has to fight in the relegation series and which one gets a quarterfinal berth.
There’s a chance Slovakia could surprise one of the bigger fish in their pool, as the team does have some talent, but the depth is not there. Should the squad be competitive, they’ll need big performances from forwards Adam Ruzicka (Calgary), Milos Roman (Calgary) and Maxim Cajkovic (2019 draft). Ruzicka and Roman have already played in two previous WJCs, while Cajkovic emerged as a breakout star at the world under-18s last year, leading the tournament in assists and posting 11 points in five games. The youngster had great ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.