Pair of Prospects Shine in 2014 World Junior Championships
The Sabres two first round picks from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft received accolades today for their performances in the 2014 World Junior Championships, each being named to the tournament's all-star team.
Ristolainen also made a name for himself in today's gold-medal game, scoring a beauty of a goal halfway through overtime to win the Championship for Finland over host Sweden 3-2. Ristolainen finished the tournament with 3 points, all goals, in six games.
Meanwhile, Nikita Zadorov helped Russia win the bronze medal in the tournament, as they beat Canada by a score of 2-1, marking the first time in 30 years that Canada went more than a year without medaling in the tournament. The game was a re-match of last year's bronze medal game, where Russia defeated the Canadians 6-5. Zadorov finished the tournament with 4 goals and 5 points in 7 games played in the tournament.
Zadorov will now go back to London to finish off the season in the OHL. Meanwhile, Rasmus Ristolainen will return to the Rochester Americans to continue his development.