Three players to watch for Team USA at the 2021 WJC
Trevor Zegras, C: Led this tournament in assists last year with nine. Zegras was a threat every time he touched the puck. With deft skill and amazing creativity to his game, Zegras is never afraid to make even the hardest of plays. A great skater, who was taken ninth overall by Anaheim in the 2019 draft, Zegras will embark on his final event before turning pro once the tournament is over.
Cole Caufield, RW: He’s coming in hot. Caufield started pre-bubble life with 12 points in 10 games for the University of Wisconsin. Goal-scoring has always been his calling card, be it with the USNTDP two years ago, through a 19-goal rookie year in Wisconsin, and to his hot start this year. This diminutive pure sniper should be comfortable immediately as he will be reunited with several of his USNTDP teammates from two years ago. It wasn’t long ago when he dominated the world U18’s with a 14-goal performance.
Spencer Knight/Dustin Wolf, G: Best goaltending tandem in the tournament and if the tournament plays out like it has the past few years, both will be needed. A hot goalie, or goalie tandem can take you straight to the gold medal game. The US is much more than that. Knight is Florida’s first-rounder from the 2019 draft. He’s got size, he moves well and plays with an air of confidence. Wolf waited until the final round to hear his name called in that draft, but he’s been a rockstar since taking over for Carter Hart in Everett. His numbers are off the charts and he’s a battler, who’s always been told he’s too small.