Three players to watch for Team Finland at the 2021 WJC
Anton Lundell, C: The knock on his game was that he would have limited offensive upside. And while he was great in return from injury down the stretch last season, he has shown no signs of offensive deficiencies this season. He was been a stud, fourth in league scoring with 12 goals for 20 points in just 17 games with HIFK in Finland’s Liiga.
Ville Heinola, D: Winnipeg was aggressive in trading up in the 2019 draft to select this talented rearguard. Despite being so slight of frame, Heinola managed to get into eight NHL games (five points) before returning back to the Liiga to finish out the shortened season. He started the 2020-21 season on a torrid pace and has 14 points in 19 Liiga games to date. This is his third world juniors and he claims this team is even better than the one that won gold in 2019.
Brad Lambert, RW: Dad Ross played for the Saskatoon Blades before embarking on a successful pro career in the UK. Brad’s been on the ice since birth and it shows. He played in four Liiga games at the age of 15 last year. So far this season, he’s averaging about .5 points per game. He skates effortlessly and has incredible hands.