Frozen Fantasy: Best Time of the Year
Frozen Fantasy: Best Time of the Year

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

It's my favorite time of the year. Not Christmas or Hanukkah. Or Kwanza.

It's World Junior's time – the greatest 11 days of the year.

There have been loads of remarkable performances and some real stunners, too. Like Team USA's ouster in the quarters – that felt like Canada's from last year.

Finland. They seem to do it every time.

Here are a few guys whose performances leapt off the page for me. They might not translate into a successful fantasy future, but they've been fun to watch.


Nolan Foote, LW, Tampa Bay – He has an Ovechkin-level shot. Seriously.

Liam Foudy, C, Columbus – Fastest guy on the ice. Wow.

Alexis Lafreniere, 2020-eligible – Skilled, strong and bull-headed. He would have pushed Jack Hughes for top spot last year. He's well above that now.

Quinton Byfield, 2020-eligible – Unremarkable. Still, the guy can skate like the wind, but wasn't asked to take a leading role with Canada. He'll be a stud in the NHL.


Trevor Zegras, C, Anaheim – One part Elias Pettersson; one part Patrick Kane. His passes were some of the best I've seen.

Cole Caufield, RW, Montreal – Unremarkable, but he gets a pass. He scored 14 goals in the last U-18 international tourney.

Spencer Knight, G, Florida – Solid. One of the U.S.'s best players, despite the Canadians hanging five goals on him.

Shane Pinto, C, Ottawa – The Sens are drooling. Strong.

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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