Pavel Buchnevich and Russia were eliminated from the 2014 World Junior Championships this morning, losing to Sweden 2-1. With Buchnevich’s exit, the Rangers no longer have any prospects in the tournament. Sweden will face the Canada/Finland winner for the gold.
In six tournament games, Buchnevich finished with a line of 2-5-7 with 18 PIMs (most coming from his misconduct penalty against the US) and a +4 rating. Both Buchnevich and Brady Skjei (USA) had strong showings in the tournament.
Pavel Buchnevich (2013, 3rd) had a pair of goals as Russia eliminated Brady Skjei (2012, 1st) and Team USA by a score of 5-3. Buchnevich scored Russia’s second and fifth (empty net) goals, also nabbing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty while celebrating in front of the USA bench. Russia advances to face the winner of the Slovakia/Canada game.
Skjei notched an assist on USA’s first goal, and finished with a +2 rating. He also notched a punch to the face of Buchnevich while he was celebrating the empty net goal. Awkward moment for the future teammates.
Aside from three straight USA wins, one thing that has been very nice to watch over the past few days is the impressive play of the Rangers prospects in action in the 2014 World Junior Championship. Both Brady Skjei (USA, 2012 1st) and Pavel Buchnevich (Russia, 2013 3rd) have had strong tournaments thus far, and have been key cogs as both teams look towards the elimination round.
Skjei notched an assist, his first point of the tournament, in USA’s 8-0 win over Germany yesterday. Skjei may not be a noted scorer, but his solid defensive play has made it easier on his defensive partners to join the offensive rush. USA is 3-0-0-0 with a game against Canada coming tomorrow.
Buchnevich added another assist, his fourth assist in three games , in Russia’s 4-1 loss to Finland this morning. Buchnevich is third on the team with his four points. Russia is now 2-0-0-1 with Sweden up next.
Yesterday both Pavel Buchnevich (Russia) and Brady Skjei (USA) were in action in the 2014 World Junior Championships, with both teams winning to improve to 2-0-0-0 for the round robin. Buchnevich (2013 3rd) notched an assist on the powerplay for Russia’s 7th goal in their 7-1 win over Switzerland. Skjei did not register a point and was a +1 in USA’s 6-3 win over Slovakia.
In two games, Skjei has no points and a +2 rating while playing strong defense. Buchnevich has 3 assists, 4 PIMs, and a +3 rating for Russia through two games.
Skjei and the USA face off against Germany this morning at 9am, looking to go 3-0-0-0 heading into their New Year’s Eve showdown with Canada, which could have first place in Group A riding on it. Russia has Finland on Monday before they face Sweden on Tuesday for –what will likely be– first place in Group B.
Both Ranger prospects participating in the 2014 World Junior Championships contributed to their teams victories this afternoon. Pavel Buchnevich (2013 3rd) had 2 assists and 4 PIMs in Russia’s 11-0 blowout of Norway. Brady Skjei was a +1 USA’s 5-1 win over the Czech Republic.
Skjei, who got comparisons to Ryan McDonagh on the air during the game, is a very fluid skater who is rarely out of position on defense. He kept his game very simple, putting pucks on net when he had the chance (the 4th USA goal came off a rebound from a shot of his that was deflected). The Rangers, according to the announce team, have been very happy that Skjei has been developing in the McDonagh mold. If you remember, McDonagh was not a noted scorer in college either.
The Russia game was not televised.
The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship kicked off this morning, with Canada dominating Germany by a score of 7-2. The other game that is currently underway is Russia against Norway, with the Russians leading 10-0 in the second period (not on TV). USA faces off against the Czech Republic today at 11:30.
The Rangers have two players in the tournament this year: Brady Skjei (USA) and Pavel Buchnevick (Russia). Buchnevich currently has a pair of assists and 2 PIMs in the Russia game.
We will have full recaps of the Ranger prospect performances (at least of the games we can watch) as the tournament progresses. We will be using the 2014 WJC tag.