4 Hockey Prospects to Watch at the 2019 World Junior Championships – Beckett Pricing Insider
This edition of the Beckett Pricing Insider is sponsored by Grizzly Sports Cards.
With the 2019 World Junior Championships kicking off this week in British Columbia, many of hockey’s top prospects will be taking part. While not all of the participating players have hockey cards yet, several do.
Here are four players with cards to keep an eye on in the weeks ahead.
Maxime Comtois, Canada
Maxime Comtois is the only returning player on Canadian roster. Taken by the Ducks in the second round of the 2017 draft, Comtois turns 20 less than a week after the 2019 World Juniors conclude. He started the 2018-19 campaign with Anaheim, scoring in his first minute of NHL play. In ten games with the Ducks, Comtois has seven points.
Because Comtois has made his NHL debut, he’s eligible for Rookie Cards in 2018-19 products. He has a Young Guns card in Upper Deck Series 1.
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Cody Glass, Canada
When it comes to offense, Cody Glass is one of the most dangerous players on the Canadian roster. In 26 games with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks so far in 2018-19, he’s got 54 points. Last year, Glass scored 37 goals and added 65 assists. Taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2017, Glass has the distinction of being the first NHL Draft selection in Vegas Golden Knights franchise history.
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Jason Robertson, USA
If you’re looking for offensive threats representing the stars and stripes, Jason Robertson is one of the biggest. He’s off to a strong start in 2018-19 thus far, netting 31 goals and 60 points in 32 OHL games. Robertson is part of the Dallas Stars system, having been taken in round two of the 2017 draft.
His cards date back to 2016-17 Leaf Metal and 2016-17 ITG Heroes and Prospects. Both products have multiple autographs.
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Filip Zadina, Czech Republic
When the Detroit Red Wings took Filip Zadina with the sixth overall pick in 2018, they were looking for the winger to be a key part as they get younger and rebuild. The Czech standout is partaking in this second World Junior tournament. He’s spent 2018-19 with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, getting 17 points in 27 games. Last year, Zadina scored 44 goals for the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.
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