Chicago, IL — Day two of the IIHF Men’s World Championships only saw two Blackhawks in action Michal Kempny for the Czech Republic going against Belarus and Marcus Kruger and Team Sweden vs home country Germany who just came off of an upset of team USA.
Kempny and Czech Republic throttled Belarus to the tune of 6-1. The game saw Kempny score the last goal where he literally walked right in and had time to pick his spot to score a goal.
Now it is doubtful he would get this type of time in the NHL but still if Kempny gets re-signed with the Hawks he needs to play. He has a great shot from the point and knows how to score.
Also got to say there was another Czech D man that has an absolute bomb Radim Simek who I believe is undrafted in the NHL and scored a laser on the power play. So someone, paging Chicago Blackhawks might want to take a hard look here. I’m going to keep watching him.
Czech Republic is currently in fourth place in Group B.
The second game was Sweden vs Germany and Marcus Kruger was again doing Marcus Kruger things. I’ve become accustomed to hearing in games” he’s in the corner knocked down against two (insert team here) and comes off the wall with the puck.”
That’s Krugs to a tee. He came away from the game with an assist but was it a beauty.
Well it was actually hard fought he was battling in front of the net not once but twice before it went to team-mate Linus Omark who buried it. Sweden closed this laugher out 7-2 and sits second in Group A with 4 points.
Day three saw Russia take on Italy and the US take on Denmark.
Russia walloped Italy 10-1 that saw that old KHL SKA chemistry between Artemi Panarin and his former SKA line mates Evgenii Dadonov and Vadim Shipachyov rekindled.
The Breadman had a four point game two goals and two assists and honestly I’m not sure what was prettier his power play goals or his assists especially the one from behind the net to Dadonov was just sick.
Both of Panarin’s goals were on the powerplay. Keep in mind too Panarin and his line are the second line on team Russia. I’ve got to say that first line is also lethal.
Panarin is currently second in scoring with five points in two games with 3G, 2 A. Way to go Breadman keep it rolling. Russia takes on Germany Monday and they are currently leading Group A with 5 points in these preliminary rounds.
Lastly on the docket was team USA taking on Denmark in what started out as the USA dominating but only up 2-1 until the US pulled away with a 7-2 victory putting them in fifth place in group A.
Nick Schmaltz started quietly but man the boy has skills. He had some pretty passes to set up team mates one of which to Brock Nelson resulted in a goal.
His set up was so perfect all Nelson had to do was tap it in the net. You can see it on the highlight below courtesy of the IIHF web site. It’s a beauty for sure.
Nelson tried to return the favor setting up Schmaltz as he went forehand/backhand off the post but it did not go in. Schmaltz ended up with two assists in the game as he was in on one of Clayton Keller’s three goals.
Schmaltz is on a line with Dylan Larkin and Brock Nelson and I’ve got to say they looked really good. Tons of speed and skill.
This Team USA group is so young. I’m not sure they are even old enough to drink beer in Germany but man they are fast, fun and skilled.
Trevor Van Riemsdyk did not hit the score sheet but he was noticeable on the ice. He has great awareness of when to shoot and he gets you need to shoot from everywhere just get it on net you never know there maybe a juicy rebound.
Team USA is back into action tomorrow against Sweden which should be a real test for the Americans against a great Swedish defense. You can tune into the NHL Network to watch or stream via IIHF website through You Tube. Game should be 1pm CT.
Good Luck to all the Hawks keep going boys you are all doing great and GO USA!!!
Videos taken from IIHF website: http://www.iihfworlds2017.com/