The Nashville Predators sent five players to represent their respective countries at the IIHF World Championship this summer.
Now that the preliminary round of the tournament is over, we have now gotten a good sample size of what each player has done throughout the tournament, as each player has played roughly seven games thus far.
First, let’s look at the two players on Team Canada: Dante Fabbro and Kyle Turris. They will be playing against Nashville Predators teammates Roman Josi and Yannick Weber in round one of the knockout stage.
Turris, who was named captain of the Canadian team, has had an absolutely stellar world championship run so far, scoring three goals, six assists, and nine points, which draws him in a tie at second in points on that Canadian team (with Mark Stone and Jonathan Marchessault), and five points behind first, which is occupied by Anthony Mantha.
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Turris has looked a lot better than he had over the course of this season, which is a great sign for the Preds, as he is back to making plays and scoring goals at a high pace.
Dante Fabbro has also looked pretty solid for Canada, with a goal, an assist, and two points. Fabbro has been very solid defensively as he has a plus/minus of +8 in the six games he has played in the tournament.
He’s been steady in the defensive zone since joining the Nashville Predators in April, and his continuation of this solid play is a sign of things to come. He plays like an NHL vet at the age of 20, which is great news for Preds fans.
Now, moving on to Team Canada’s opponent in Thursday’s knockout round matchup: Team Switzerland. The Swiss are headlined by the Nashville Predators captain himself: Roman Josi.
Josi has had a stellar tournament so far, scoring one goal and adding five assists, adding up to six points; which ties him for second on the team with former Nashville Predators teammate Kevin Fiala, and also one point behind Nico Hischier for first on the team.
The Switzerland native also is tied for second in points as a defenseman, one point behind Filip Hronek and Martin Marincin. Josi has also been solid in the defensive end of the ice, having a plus/minus rating of +9.
His counterpart, Yannick Weber has been silent in the offensive zone; only mustering up an assist in seven games, but has also been solid defensively, earning a plus/minus rating of +4.
The last Nashville Predators representative, Mattais Ekholm, is set to face off against the Kappo Kakko led Finnish team in the first round of the knockout stage.
The Sweden native has put up two assists in seven games along with a plus/minus of +3, which isn’t bad, but could definitely be improved upon in the knockout stage.
These five Nashville Predators players will now compete for the IIHF World Championship title starting with Thursday’s knockout stage.