The 2015 IIHF World Championship has concluded in the Czech Republic, with Team Canada taking the Gold with a decisive 6-1 victory over Team Russia. Three Nashville Predators, Seth Jones, Steve Moses and Jimmy Vesey, won bronze with Team USA. Take a look at how all your Nashville Predators did at IIHF Worlds:
Team USA (Jones, Moses, and Vesey)
With a 3-0 victory over Jaromir Jagr and Team Czech Republic, the United States stole a bronze medal from the host country. However, it comes as a disappointment to the USA, as they had the chance to face off against rival Canada in the Final, but lost in their semifinal to Team Russia, 4-0.
Islanders forward Brock Nelson was the offensive leader for the USA, finishing 12th in the tournament in points with 10. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was statistically the best goaltender of the event, putting up a whopping .947 SV%, and a 1.37 GAA, both number one amongst all goalies.
Seth Jones was statistically the best Predator on Team USA, scoring a goal and putting up three assists. Moses wasn’t far behind, with a goal and assist, despite battling an injury for three games. He looked pretty good when he played, and should fit well in Nashville next season. Prospect Vesey had a disappointing tournament, only notching three assists.
Despite a phenomenal preliminary round, the Swedes finished out of the medal round. With a roster boasting many NHL talents, including Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Oscar Klefbom, Filip Forsberg, and Loui Eriksson, Sweden fell in the quarterfinals to Team Russia, 5-3.
Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm represented the Predators with the Tre Kronor, and both had pretty good tournaments. Prince Filip was the second-best scorer in the entire tournament with eight tallies in eight games. Only Canadian forward Tyler Seguin scored more, and he had nine goals in 10 games. Ekholm was held scoreless in the tournament, but did put up three assists.
Much like the Swedes, it wasn’t a dream tournament for Le Suisse. They were bounced in the Quarterfinals at the hands of the United States.
Predators defenseman Roman Josi scored the lone goal for the Swiss in that 3-1 loss to the Untied States. He had two goals and two assists on the tournament. His Predators teammate, Kevin Fiala, had a goal and two assists.
The Swiss looked like they could have been dark horses to medal in the tournament. But, they couldn’t get past a very strong USA team loaded with NHL talent.
The Finns were the best goaltending team in the tournament, thanks to two Predators talents, Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros. Despite this, they fell 5-3 to the Czech Republic in the Quarterfinals.
The pair of goaltenders set a IIHF record for longest shutout streak at over 231 minutes. Rinne set his own record for individual shutout streak at over 211 minutes. The streak lasted more than four games. Finland was first in the tournament in SV% at .936, and were second only to Canada in GAA at 1.72.