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NY State Natives and Draftees Dominate World Jr. Championship

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By Warren Kozireski —

Bedford, NY native and Anaheim Ducks first round selection Trevor Zegras (pictured) led the 2021 IIHL U-20 World Junior tournament in scoring with 18 points (seven goals and 11 assists) and was named Most Valuable Player, but he was not the only New York born or New York-team drafted player who made an impact.

2019 Los Angeles Kings first round pick and Staten Island native Arthur Kaliyev—one of a tournament high nine Kings prospects on all rosters—tied for second on Team USA in scoring with three goals and eight points.

Syracuse native and Dallas Stars first rounder Thomas Harley logged major minutes on the top pair of Team Canada’s blueline and picked up one goal while logging a tournament-best +14 plus/minus.

Buffalo Sabres 2019 first rounder Dylan Cozens finished second in tournament scoring with eight goals and eight assists and was named one of three forwards on the tournament all-star team.

Their second 2019 first round pick, Ryan Johnson, played among the top-four on Team USA’s blueline and registered one goal with three assists.

Buffalo’s 2020 first round draftee Jack Quinn netted just one goal, but showed off his puck skills with four assists in seven games.

The Sabres 2020 second round selection, JJ Peterka, tied for the scoring lead on Team Germany with four goals and six assists and made quite an impression on scouts.

New York Rangers 2020 first round draftee Braden Schneider was a regular among Team Canada’s defense corp. and picked up one goal with two assists.

And 2020 fifth rounder Brett Berard of Providence College picked up one goal and four assists at left wing. Team Canada goaltender and 2020 fourth rounder Dylan Garand played 20 minutes in relief in their 16-2 win over Germany.

New York Islanders Simon Holmstrom garnered five assists in five games at right wing for Team Sweden.

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