RHI WJC All-Star team

JAN.5 -- Russian Hockey Insider's All-Star team of the World Junior Championship.

Goaltender:
Robert Goepfert, United States
Replaced struggling James Howard in tournaments opening game and never looked back. 1.80 G.AA and 939 SVS%.

Runners up: Marc-Andre Fleury , Canada -- wasn't put to the test much, but was both solid and spectacular on a few shots that he had to handle.  Peter Sevela , Slovakia -- aside to quarterfinals blow to the Finns was exceptionally solid considering poor performance from his defenseman.

Defense:

Joni Pitkanen, Finland
Finnish work horse was, no doubt, the top rearguard of the tournament. Logging astonishing number of minutes Pitkanen always delivered a high quality effort at both ends of the ice.

Kirill Koltsov, Russia
Dropped the chains of Ivan Hlinka's defense first concept and was given green light by head coach Rafail  Ishmatov to join the offense whenever the opportunity presented. Put on display his outstanding skills and was very solid inside the defensive zone.

Honorable mentions: Denis Grebeshkov, Fedor Tyutin (both Russia), Ryan Whitney (USA).

Note: Canadian Carlo Colaiacovo had a lot of points due to his team's strong PP unit, but was average at best in his own end and provided little impact offensively at even strength.

Forwards:

Igor Grigorenko, Russia
Solid, productive and spectacular on Russia's second (by default) unit. Was drastically consistent.

Patrick Bartschi, Switzerland
Slick Swiss forward was tournaments scoring leader going into last day of the competition. Was true offensive dynamo and a bright star on the artistic Swiss team.

Zach Parise, United States
Intense, hard-working two-way winger played his best hockey when it mattered the most - in the medal round.

Honorable mentions: Tuomo Ruutu (Finland), Yuri Trubachev, Alexander Perezhogin (both Russia), Scotty Upshall (Canada).

-- Max Dostoevsky

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