It has been a couple of years since Canada secured back-to-back gold medals on the IIHF World Junior Championship — it went back-to-back-to-back-to-back from 2005 to 2009, to be exact — however in the event you ask the oddsmakers, this yr’s squad is a shoo-in to do exactly that.
Boasting a roster of 19 first-round picks between the final two draft courses, the Canadians have the expertise to win gold for the primary time on dwelling soil since 2015, when Toronto and Montreal break up internet hosting duties. Attributable to COVID-19, every thing might be held in Edmonton, Alta., and a province the nation hopes to be atop the rostrum in for the primary time since 1995. (Canada completed third in 2012 when Calgary and Edmonton performed hosts).
Because the defending champs, Canada has a reasonably straightforward group, and will make it out; Group B, nevertheless, is that this yr’s “Group of Demise.” The chances-on-favorite to advance from that quintet is Russia, which is No. 2 in relation to odds of profitable gold. Fast reminder: It was Canada and Russia within the 2020 gold-medal match, so one other assembly would make for some high-quality — and high-drama — tv.
This is a fast have a look at how the percentages shake out for the group stage and coveted podium spots.
2021 IIHF World Junior Championship odds
Odds to win group
Odds to win end within the high 3
Odds to win gold