Based only off the two games I've seen thus far, which is unreliable, you can make make arguments over Hoffman (much older), Pageau, Wiercioch (much older), Da Costa (question his drive, not ability).
The kids a nice player. He's got smooth skating, moves nicely on the blue line, big shoot, handles the puck with the confidence, doesn't shy away from contact and has kept good position on his man defensively.
Am I certain I'd be as impressed by Cody Ceci in these two games as I was by Wikstrand...to be quite honest, I can't be certain. But at this point you can't start making conclusive statements about stuff like that.
Is Ryan Murphy the same ****ing player he was two years ago? Like skill, size, ability, etc.???
He could have arguably made this team at 17, he was good enough at the camp at 17 but they chose not to, they already had Ellis. So far he looks like a fringe player at this level, a PP specialist if at all, like he would have two years ago.
Agreed, you can choose be proud of it if you like, that's entirely true, and I have no problem with people making that decision, but I don't think it should be expected of people.
And yes, I'm cheering for Sweden because of Wikstrand. Why? Because with him being a Sens prospect, and I being a Sens fan, I have a personal connection to him, which is more than I can say for any others in the tournament.
BTW, great to see so many of us on the same page!
I don't agree with team Canada's selections, and I'm not a huge fan of any of the players...other than RNH. I was kinda hoping Wikstrand would pot one on that late powerplay hahaha. I'm a proud Canadian though, I think.
I've only seen him in 2 games, but I'm fully on board with this kid. Based on his age and what I've seen thus far, I'd put him above everyone on that list except Silf, Lehner and Stone. Maybe Zibby, Maybe Ceci
This kid excels at every part of the game. We should all be very very excited.