The 2019 World Junior Championship kicks off today in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The annual tournament showcases high-end hockey talent from around the world, under the age of 20, including many players already drafted by NHL teams. This year’s tournament will include three Washington Capitals prospects: Alexander Alexeyev (Team Russia), Tobias Geisser (Team Switzerland) and Martin Fehervary (Team Slovakia). Here’s what you need to know for the tournament.
We can’t start any World Juniors primer piece without reliving probably the best moment for Capitals fans in recent years – John Carlson’s overtime game-winner, earning Team USA the gold medal over Team Canada in the 2010 tournament. “They didn’t quiet the building, they quieted a whole nation”.
The entire extended highlights are provided in the video below. The game was very high energy from the start and very worthy of a watch. The overtime period begins at 7:45 of the video.
Ok, now we can move on to this year’s tournament.
2019 Capitals Prospects
Alexander Alexeyev – (Team Russia) – Defensman – 2018 First Round Pick (#31 overall). Alexeyev has seven goals and 24 assists in 31 games played so far this season with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. Last season, Alexeyev tallied seven goals, 37 points, and a -3 rating in 45 games with Red Deer. He also represented Russia at the World Junior Championships last December, but was held off of the scoresheet in three games played. The Capitals signed Alexeyev to a three-year, entry-level contract worth an average annual value of $925,000 on September 24, 2018.
Tobias Geisser – (Team Switzerland) – Defenseman – 2017 Fourth Round Pick (#120 overall). Geisser is currently assigned to AHL Hershey where he has played in 18 games, and registered an assist so far this season. Geisser tallied two goals and six points with EV Zug in the Swiss league last season. Geisser also represented Switzerland in the 2018 World Junior Championships, playing in five games. He was also named a top-three player on Switzerland during the tournament. The Capitals signed Geisser to a three-year entry-level contract on March 22, 2018 for $867,ooo average annual value.
Martin Fehervary – (Team Slovakia) – Defenseman – 2018 Second Round Pick (#46 overall). Fehervary participated in his first Capitals development camp in June and Capitals training Camp in September. He was officially loaned to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) on September 19. Fehervary recorded a goal and seven points in 42 games for IK Oskarshamn in 2017-18. He had a plus-minus rating of +1. In the playoffs, he recorded one goal and three points in eight games. The native of Bratislava, Slovakia represented Slovakia at the World Junior Championships and played top four minutes, tallying one goal and two points in five games.The Capitals signed Fehervary to a three-year entry-level contract with an annual average value of $925,000 on July 1, 2018.
Capitals prospect action begins today (Wednesday, December 26) with Tobias Geisser and Martin Fehervary playing. Alexander Alexeyev will see his first game action tomorrow.
The Gold Medal game will follow the Bronze Medal game on January 5.
The NHL’s players guide can be found here.
Our summary of Washington Capitals prospects in last year’s tournament can be found here.
By Jon Sorensen