Three players to watch on Team Switzerland at 2024 WJC

Three players to watch on Team Switzerland at 2024 WJC

Rodwin Dionicio, D: After not being selected in his first year of draft eligibility, Dionicio was selected in the fifth round of the 2023 NHL draft by Anaheim. A trade from Niagara to Windsor last season sparked interest amongst NHL scouts. After landing in Windsor, Dionicio put up 11 goals and 43 assists in the final 33 games of the OHL season. Since then, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenceman has been traded to Saginaw, where he will suit up for a Memorial Cup in May. Dionicio is masterful with the puck and is not afraid to make plays all over the ice.  

Leo Braillard, LW: It’s been quite a ride for this player over the past season and a half. Braillard started 2022-23 with Biel-Bienne in Switzerland’s U20 league. After the international break, he made his way to North America, landing with Shawinigan, who selected him 36th overall in the 2022 CHL Import Draft. He showed well internationally, where he had four points in five games at the U18 worlds. Braillard got off to a mediocre start with the Cats before being claimed by WHL Lethbridge in October. The move has sparked Braillard to better than point-per-game totals.

Daniil Ustinkov, D: Another highly rated prospect for the 2024 NHL draft, Ustinkov is a 6-foot, 200-pound left shot defenceman. In November, he received a B rating from NHL Central Scouting, projecting as a second or third round selection in June. He’s a complementary type who won’t dazzle you with his numbers, but he’s more than capable of moving pucks effectively. 

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