Five Kraken players will be part of a month-long tournament, with national teams in Finland set to begin play in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship from Friday. goaltender Philippe Grubauer (Germany) and Chris Drieser (Canada) will be in the net for their countries. defense personnel adam larson (Sweden) and on Carson Cullman (USA) and morgan geeky (Canada) will skate to advance their native-land squads through the opening round-robin phase.
Grubauer and his Germany teammates are set to face Drizzer, Geeky and Team Canada in the first game for both countries at the Helsinki Ice Hall on Friday. Germany and Canada are two of the eight teams in Group A.
Team USA and Sweden are part of Group B. Americans began playing by car on Friday in Tampere, a Finnish city about two hours north of Helsinki. Kuhlmann and the USA team will open the tournament against Latvia on Friday at the Nokia Arena, while Sweden and Larsson will play Austria on Saturday. Larsen and Kuhlman will oppose the jersey on May 21 during the round-robin game.
It is an honor for each Kraken player to be selected to represent their countries, showing that their regular season performances attracted the attention of national team general managers and coaches. The World Championships give each player a chance to improve their game and gain experience at a specific level of highly meaningful game play.
Grubauer and Larsen have appreciated the opportunity to represent their nations and hone their skills over the past season (both as juniors and as NHLers). Larsson is the most decorated with Sweden winning gold at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark.
Larsson, a veteran of the Swedish defensive corps, has played 26 international games for Team Sweden in the men’s championship and 23 others at junior level, earning a bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships and a silver medal at the U18 World Championship later the same year. Is. (He was named the best defenseman of that tournament).
There’s no doubt that the Team Sweden leadership is familiar with Larsson’s shutdown qualities as a 5-on-5 and penalty-kill defender (and a perennial NHL leader in the least number of mistakes in the defensive field). Almost as interesting is the prospect of Larsson jumping into a career-high eight goals and 119 shots on goal and regular offensive-field play this NHL season.
Grubauer, who won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018, played five games in the men’s world championships in 2014 and 2019 with a .921 save percentage. He logged 21 games playing international juniors for Germany.
Kuhlman is getting his first chance to wear the USA jersey during IIHF play, which influenced the American Hockey Brain Trust on his 25 debut with the Kraken, the chemistry developed specifically with the linemate ie gourde Later in the season when the 26-year-old made a full recovery from a mid-season injury.
Kuhlman finished the year with two goals, six assists and 29 hits, proving to be a quick counterpart to Gourde during 5-on-5 play and as a pair of penalty killers. The tournament is an ideal opportunity for Kuhlman to make up for the more than 20 games he missed during the injury, when Seattle claimed him on an exemption from the Boston Bruins.
Kraken fans who consider themselves to be part of the “geek squad”, their favorite player, is set to make his Team Canada debut. Like Dreiser, this is his first time “wearing a maple leaf” and living the hockey dream of a broad Canadian kid.
The geeky, who has appeared in 111 NHL regular-season games and 11 playoff games, has a distinctive shot plus playmaking skill, which is clearly noticed by Team Canada scouts, especially the range of shots he uses for quick-releases. Can fire together. The 23-year-old works on his shots after every practice. He has also become a reliable faceoff man in all areas, working overtime on important portions of the game throughout the season. His 669 faceoffs (52.1 win percentage) are highly respectable and he proved it by a great deal more than in previous NHL years.