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Report card look at Canadian hockey team

COLOGNE, Germany - The learning curve has been steep for a collection of young Canadian players at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. With six games played, the interim report card marks are in—and there's still room for improvement:

Goaltenders

Chad Johnson, B-plus: Just one goal has got past the backup in nearly four periods of work. He wasn't even sure if he'd see any game action after coming to Europe.

Chris Mason, C-plus: Freely admits that he's let in some untimely goals. However, he had an excellent game in a losing cause against the Czechs.

Defencemen

Marc Staal, A-minus: Quietly having an effective tournament on the blue-line. Tied for team lead with a plus-4 rating.

Kris Russell, B: Logging important minutes for coach Craig MacTavish.

Francois Beauchemin, B: A calming presence and one of the few guys capable of growing a beard.

Brent Burns, B-minus: Offers a nice combination of size and versatility, but has to watch out for needless penalties.

Mark Giordano, B-minus: His offensive contributions have been appreciated.

Kyle Cumiskey, C: A useful depth defenceman, he's been pretty good while playing roughly 14 minutes per game.

Michael Del Zotto, C: Trying to make the most of a limited opportunity.

Tyler Myers, C-minus: Experiencing a few growing pains so far in Germany. His ice time has been on the decline.

Forwards

Ray Whitney, A: At 38 years old, he's leading by example with a team-best eight points.

John Tavares, A-minus: The sniper has six goals in as many games at his first world championship. Must still be thinking about a couple that got away against the Czechs.

Matt Duchene, B-plus: Scored a ridiculous goal against Norway that will be shown on highlight reels for awhile.

Corey Perry, B: A competitor and leader on this team, he's consistently made his presence felt on the ice.

Steven Stamkos, B: Hard to mark him down for the two-plus games lost to injury.

Brooks Laich, B: An effective member of the energy line who scored a nice short-handed goal against Sweden.

Mason Raymond, B-minus: After two games here, it's clear that his speed is a serious asset on the bigger ice surface. Still looking to contribute a bit more offensively.

Evander Kane, B-minus: Numbers have been solid for a guy being used sparingly—two goals, four points and a plus-2 rating.

Steve Downie: C-plus: Has kept his emotions mostly in check while getting under the skin of opponents, including Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Victor Headman of the Swedish team.

Steve Ott, C: His penalty killing contributions have been particularly notable.

Rich Peverley, C: He's been used in a variety of situations.

Jordan Eberle, C: Named Canadian player of the game in his debut at this tournament, he's seen a more limited role since then.

Rene Bourque, C-minus: He's struggled to establish a consistent role and leads the team with 14 penalty minutes.

Ryan Smyth, no rating: Captain Canada only appeared in one game before fracturing his left ankle and returning to North America.

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