Will Smith, wow! Total domination at U18! He’s just too good! He’s going to be on the NHL draft lists. I now believe there is a quartet between 2nd and 5th place, Fanitili,Smith,Michkov and Carlsson, anything is possible. pic.twitter.com/vKx8bADtzH
– David Ettedgui (@EttedguiDavid) April 29, 2023
However, even though Leo Carlsson is playing against men in Sweden and having a very good season, there’s one name that’s been circulating more and more lately. It’s Will Smith.
In the event that the Montreal Canadiens keep their #5 draft spot, they’ll have a choice between Matvei Michkov, Zach Benson and other excellent players.
Smith’s trio mates, Ryan Leonard and Gabriel Perreault, are expected to fall outside the top 10, but anything can happen in this draft.
Slafkovsky probably wouldn’t have come out on top had it not been for the Olympics, where he scored 7 goals in as many games.
As much as I like Slafkovsky, we have to face the fact that the 2022 crop was far weaker than the 2023 one. If we exclude the Olympics, I think Slafkovsky probably wouldn’t make this year’s top 10.
After 50 minutes of play, the Americans finally got on the scoreboard to reduce the gap to 2-1. Will Smith didn’t pick up any points on the play, but he came back with an assist on Cole Eiserman’s late goal to tie the game with his 10th of the tournament.
Smith collected his 20th point of the tournament in his 7th game. He also tied Jack Hughes’ tournament record for points.
During the tournament, Sweden’s Axel Sandin Pellikka proved he can be more than a traffic-oriented defenseman.
We knew that Axel Sandin Pellikka could move the puck and make shifty, creative offensive plays.
But his defensive posture, his footwork, his angling have all been top notch at this event.
So many subtle, pro-level plays.
– /Cam Robinson/ (@Hockey_Robinson) April 30, 2023
Few quality defensemen will be available in the first round, but the talent on attack, specifically at center, is very high. Whoever the CH selects, there’s a good chance he’ll become an impact player.
– Benoît Rioux – Journal de Montréal (@benrioux) April 30, 2023
– What a slap in the face from Bo Bichette.
“Bichette, Bichette, Bichette! Good afternoon, she’s gone!” 💪⚾️ pic.twitter.com/JjwVL8d1hh
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) April 30, 2023
– Too bad for the Avalanche.
– Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) April 30, 2023
– Don’t miss the final between the St-Hyacinthe Gaulois and the Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard on RDS.
– Field hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) April 30, 2023
– What a game.
The block, the spin, the basket from Bam Adebayo 🤯 pic.twitter.com/UMpkKZrtDo
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 30, 2023