Devils WJC Report

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    Some good, some bad, some ugly.

    Evgeny Kuznetsov - The youngest gold medalist (and only eligible to defend the gold next year) and easily one of the best. Named to the all-star team, tied for second in scoring, he was probably the biggest reason Russia one the gold. Dominated down the stretch against Finland in the quarters, and added three assists in the third period of the gold-medal game. Simply refused to be stopped during crunch time.

    Teemu Pullkinen - Probably the best player for Finland, the penalty in the third against Russia not withstanding. Scored 9 points in 6 games, good for seventh overall. Very well may have been an all-star if Finland wins that game.

    Jared Cowen - He was great defensively, until he wasn't. Wheels came off in the last period of the last game, not the best time for that to happen. But he went through a stretch of 5 games without an ES goal against and did it while matched up against the other teams' top line. Also didn't take a single penalty. The Canadian team voted him one of its top-3 players.

    Nick Leddy - After seeing time in the NHL this year, was expected to be a star for the American team. He wasn't. He was good, but nowhere near great.

    Emerson Etem - A young player, but more than 1 goal was expected, especially after Morin went down. Lets hope that with this experience under his belt he comes back strong next year.

    Jeremy Morin - Another American with NHL experience, he didn't show nearly enough during the tournament. To make matters worse, he suffered a serious shoulder injury.

    Kuznetsov, Pullkinen and Etem are eligible to play in the 2012 WJC.

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