Who Disappointed: LW Samuel Bucek (2017) was electrifying at times, shifting gears and blowing past defenders while displaying a soft touch and accurate passes. The problem was that he made it obvious he didn’t care for anything else. He was a bit selfish during board battles, refusing to become physically engaged on a few occasions when he could have lent a teammate or two an extra hand. Some players come to these tournaments for the sole reason of spotlighting, and we got the impression Bucek was one of them.
That said, he had 2 goals, 4 points in 4 games at the tournament. At the U18s last month, he had 4 goals, 5 points in 5 games.