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Craig Button

TSN Director of Scouting


Ten Canadians are among 18 players named to the Hot Button First, Second and Third all-star teams. There's no denying the all-star lineup is  Canada-centric, but so was the tournament. Canada never trailed, faltered but once (for four minutes vs. Russia), never lost and have earned consideration as the country's greatest non-lockout Jr. Team Canada. That dominance is reflected in our choices for tournament all-stars.


Final Awards

Honour Button's Pick Notes
 MVP  Denis Godla, SVK  Outstanding performances led Slovakia
 Top Defenceman  Gustav Forsling, SWE  Led defencemen in scoring
 Top Forward  Sam Reinhart, CDA  Straw that stirred drink


First Team All-Stars

Position Button's Pick Notes
 Goalie  Denis Godla, SVK  Stirring curtain calls in Toronto
 Defenceman  Gustav Forsling, SWE  Excellent offensively and defensively
 Defenceman  Josh Morrissey, CDA  Forceful play on blueline
 Forward  Max Domi, CDA  Tour de force from outset
 Forward  Sam Reinhart, CDA  Quiet Big Bang Theory
 Forward  Oskar Lindblom, SWE  Key offensive contributions


Second Team All-Stars

Position Button's Pick Notes
 Goalie  Zach Fucale, CDA  Key saves at key times
 Defenceman  Shea Theodore, CDA  Led defensemen at +12
 Defenceman  Vladislav Gavrikov, RUS  Undisputed leader on blueline
 Forward  Connor McDavid, CDA  Better as tourney progressed
 Forward  Dylan Larkin, USA  Speed impacted all areas
 Forward  Mikko Rantanen, FIN  Scoring leader for Finland



Third Team All-Stars

Position Button's Pick Notes
 Goalie  Georg Sorensen, DEN  Led cinderella Danes
 Defenceman  Darnell Nurse, CDA  Physically imposing
 Defenceman  Madison Bowey, CDA  Two-way excellence
 Forward  Anthony Duclair, CDA  Physical presence on top line
 Forward  Nic Petan, CDA  Tied for Scoring lead
 Forward  Martin Reway, SVK  Competitior who keyed offense