The Canadians hold a 3-0 series lead over the Russians after winning Game 3, 6-2. The Canadians have now outscored the Russians 13-4 in the three games. That's just been the way things have gone for the Canadians... big offensive output along with some great defensive work.
First of all, we'll look over the Russian team. They're probably the easiest team to comb over. With only four goals in the tournament, the stats are a tad small.
Between all the goals and assists for the Russian team, there are only 2 assists that belong to NHL drafted talent. It does give a weird idea of what we should expect from Russian talent coming into the league for pools and such... not having many show up. No, that probably isn't true exactly, as there is a lot of Russian talent still to come... four Russians are eligible for the Draft in the coming years, so don't count them out just yet.
The Rangers didn't have Cherepanov through the third game and then lost Artem Anisimov in the third game to a possible knee injury. There probably won't be any indication of how long Anisimov will be out until the fourth game, but this is not a good sign for the Rangers picks. To the Russian team's credit, their offensive play had gotten a whole lot better when the two "superstars" fell.
|2008 Draft||Z. Boychuk||F||1||1|
|2009 Draft||J. Tavares||F||0||2|
For the Canadians, it's kind of tough to find a place to begin. From goaltending to scoring, the Canadians have been solid through all three games. Gagner and Perron have led the way with some great play, not just their scoring prowess. With the early game tomorrow, it should be the legs of the Canadian team and their depth that should make them look even better in Game 4.
Team Canada, Russian Hockey Federation, David Perron, Sam Gagner, Jonathan Bernier