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IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship 2021: Rosters, NHL draft status, jersey numbers for all 10 teams

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IIHF U18 Men's World Championship 2021: Rosters, NHL draft status, jersey numbers for all 10 teams

The 2021 IHF U18 Men’s World Championship is here and the best under-18 players in the world will be aiming for gold when they hit the ice in Texas beginning April 26.

Each team will sport a 25-man roster (minus one or two due to last-minute COVID-19 protocols) in a tournament that will see some of the top NHL prospects for 2021 — and a few who could top the draft board in 2022 and 2023.

U18s 2021: Time, TV channel, live stream, where, when, schedule

Here’s a breakdown of every team’s roster for the tournament.

JUMP TO: Belarus | Canada | Czech Republic | Finland | Germany | Latvia | Russia | Sweden | Switzerland | United States

2021 IHF U18 Men’s World Championship rosters

Belarus

Head coach: Dmitri Shulga
Leadership group: TBA

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
7 Ivan Anoshko 2023
8 Miroslav Mikhalyov 2021
11 Danil Sotishvili 2021
12 German Yavash 2021
14 Yegor Ignatenko 2021
15 Vladislav Shilo 2021
16 Ilya Morozov 2021
17 Fyodor Nikolayenya 2021
18 Yegor Sidorov 2022
19 Yegor Klavdiev 2021
20 Danila Klimovich 2021
21 Zakhar Polshakov 2022
22 Yegor Golubov 2022
25 Andrei Loshko 2023
  Defense
2 Nikita Parfenyuk 2021
3 Maxim Sushinski 2021
4 Danil Rogach 2021
5 Dmitri Kuzmin 2021
6 Arseni Sazanovich 2022
13 Nikita Stasenko 2021
23 Pavel Kamko 2022
27 Ilya Gavrilov 2021
  Goaltenders
1 Tikhon Chaika 2021
29 Yan Shostak 2023
30 Ivan Zhigalov 2021

Canada

Head coach: Dave Barr
Leadership group: Shane Wright (C), Mason McTavish (A), Logan Stankoven (A)

No. Name Club team NHL draft
  Forwards
6 Chase Stillman Sudbury (OHL) 2021
7 Brennan Othmann Flint (OHL) 2021
8 Brett Harrison Oshawa (OHL) 2021
9 Francesco Pinelli Kitchener (OHL) 2021
10 Danny Zhilkin Mississauga (OHL) 2022
11 Logan Stankoven Kamloops (WHL) 2021
12 Conner Roulette Seattle (WHL) 2021
15 Shane Wright Kingston (OHL) 2022
17 Connor Bedard Regina (WHL) 2023
19 Wyatt Johnston Windsor (OHL) 2021
21 Ryan Winterton Hamilton (OHL) 2021
22 Dylan Guenther Edmonton (WHL) 2021
23 Mason McTavish Peterborough (OHL) 2021
  Defense
2 Nolan Allen Prince Albert (WHL) 2021
3 Olen Zellweger Everett (WHL) 2021
4 Corson Ceulemans Brooks (AJHL) 2021
5 Brandt Clarke Barrie (OHL) 2021
14 Ethan del Mastro Mississauga (OHL) 2021
25 Guillaume Richard Tri-City (USHL) 2021
26 Denton Mateychuk Moose Jaw (WHL) 2022
27 Jack Matier Ottawa (OHL) 2021
  Goaltenders
1 Thomas Milic Seattle (WHL) 2021
29 Benjamin Gaudreau Sarnia (OHL) 2021
30 Tyler Brennan Prince George (WHL) 2022

MORE: Clarke, Guenther among draft-eligibles to watch at 2021 U18s

Czech Republic

Head coach: Jakub Petr
Leadership group: TBA

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
9 Martin Rysavy 2021
10 Simon Slavicek 2022
11 Jakub Brabenec 2021
13 Lukas Pajer 2021
15 Jakub Kos 2021
17 David Skuhrovec 2021
18 Jakub Altrichter 2021
20 Matyas Sapovaliv 2022
21 Marcel Marcel 2022
23 Petr Moravec 2021
24 Simon Marha 2021
26 Jaroslav Chmelar 2021
27 Gabriel Szturc 2022
28 Jiri Kulich 2022
  Defense
4 Jiri Tichacek 2021
5 David Jiricek 2022
6 Matej Pinkas 2022
7 David Spacek 2021
14 Stanislav Svozil 2021
16 David Moravec 2022
22 Jakub Sedivy 2021
29 Tomas Hamara 2022
  Goaltenders
1 Tomas Suchanek 2021
2 Patrik Hamrla 2021
30 Oliver Satny 2021

Finland

Head coach: Petri Karjalainen
Leadership group: TBA

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
13 Sami Päivärinta 2021
15 Juho Järvelä 2021
18 Samu Salminen* 2021
19 Verner Miettinen 2021
20 Sisu Yliniemi 2021
22 Oliver Kapanen 2021
24 Ville Koivunen 2021
25 Joakim Kemell 2022
27 Samu Tuomaala 2021
28 Rasmus Ruusunen 2021
29 Niko Huuhtanen 2021
32 Miko Matikka* 2021
33 Brad Lambert 2022
25 Kalle Väisänen 2021
  Defense
2 Jimi Suomi 2021
3 Kasper Kulonummi 2022
4 Viljami Juusola 2021
6 Kalle Ervasti 2021
7 Aleksi Malinen 2021
10 Topias Vilén 2021
12 Tomi Leppänen 2021
21 Aleksi Heimosalmi 2021
  Goaltenders
1 Jani Lampinen 2021
30 Aku Koskenvuo* 2021
31 Juuso Helomaa 2021

* Aku Koskenvuo is committed to Harvard (2022); Samu Salminen and Miko Matikka are committed to the University of Denver (2022).

Germany

Head coach: Steffen Ziesche
Leadership group: TBA

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
9 Luca Hauf 2022
10 Connor Korte 2021
13 Philip Feist 2021
14 Kevin Niedenz 2021
15 Bennet Rossmy 2021
16 Julian Lutz 2022
18 Yannick Proske 2021
21 Yuma Grimm 2021
22 Nikolaus Heigl 2021
23 Thomas Heigl 2021
24 Sebastian Cimmerman 2021
25 Robin van Calster 2021
26 Pascal Steck 2021
28 Roman Zap 2021
  Defense
3 Sten Fischer 2021
4 Sandro Mayr 2021
5 Maxim Rausch 2021
6 Malte Krenzlin 2021
11 Michael Gottwald 2021
17 Adrian Klein 2022
20 Rayan Bettahar 2022
27 Marius Winkelmann 2021
  Goaltenders
1 Nikita Quapp 2021
29 Simon Wolf 2022
30 Luca Ganz 2021

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Latvia

Head coach:  Olegs Sorokins
Leadership group: TBA

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
6 Martins Lavins 2021
8 Kristaps Kristins 2021
9 Ricards Brinecs 2021
12 Roberts Cjunskis 2021
14 Rainers Darzins 2022
16 Girts Silkalns 2021
17 Dans Locmelis 2022
18 Peteris Purmalis 2021
19 Darels Dukurs 2021
21 Anri Ravinskis 2021
22 Sandis Vilmanis 2022
24 Martins Sulcs 2021
27 Klavs Veinbergs 2021
28 Kristians Samitis 2021
  Defense
3 Rihards Simanovics 2022
4 Niks Fenenko 2022
5 Silvers Lazarenoks 2021
7 Bogdans Hodass 2021
10 Artjoms Kadnikovs 2021
13 Gustavs Ozolins 2021
23 Roberts Andersons 2021
26 Vladimirs Zaicevs 2021
Goaltenders
1 Linards Lipskis 2021
20 Marks Slavinskis 2022
25 Karlis Mezsargs 2022

Russia

Head coach: Albert Leshyov
Leadership group: Nikita Chibrikov (C), Alexander Figurin (A), Ilya Ivantsov (A)

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
6 Ilya Ivantsov 2021
8 Daniil Lazutin 2021
9 Fyodor Svechkov 2021
10 Ivan Miroshnichenko 2022
12 Dmitri Katelevski 2021
13 Prokhor Poltapov 2021
16 Ivan Mekhovov 2021
17 Matvei Michkov 2023
19 Nikita Chibrikov 2021
22 Matvei Petrov 2021
23 Ilya Kvochko 2022
25 Danila Yurov 2022
27 Dmitri Buchelnikov 2021
28 Vsevolod Gaidamak 2021
  Defense
3 Alexander Figurin 2021
4 Nikita Novikov 2021
5 Artyom Duda 2022
7 Arseni Koromyslov 2022
11 Gleb Ivanov 2021
15 Vladislav Sapunov 2022
18 Nikolai Makarov 2021
20 Vladimir Grudinin 2022
  Goaltenders
1 Kirill Gerasimyuk 2021
29 Sergei Ivanov 2022
30 Valeri Brinkman 2021

Sweden

Head coach: Anders Eriksen
Leadership group: TBA  

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
11 Fabian Lysell 2021
12 Noah Ostlund 2022
14 Liam Dower-Nilsson 2021
15 Noah Hasa 2021
16 Gabriel Kangas 2022
19 Isak Rosen 2021
21 Oliver Moberg 2021
22 Ludwig Persson 2022
23 William Stromgren 2021
24 Arvid Eljas 2021
25 Albert Sjoberg 2021
27 Joel Holmli 2021
28 Simon Robertsson 2021
29 Arvid Sundin 2021
  Defense
2 Simon Aho 2021
3 Elias Salomonsson 2022
4 Anton Olsson 2021
5 Mattias Havelid 2022
6 Victor Sjoholm 2021
7 Simon Forsmark 2022
8 Simon Edvinsson 2021
18 Oskar Asplund  
  Goaltenders
1 Viggo Andrén 2021
30 Carl Lindbom 2021
31 Hugo Havelid 2022

Switzerland

Head coach: Marcel Jenni
Leadership group: TBA

No. Name NHL draft
  Forwards
7 Joel Henry 2021
8 Mats Alge 2021
10 Jonas Taibel 2022
11 Jeremy Jabola 2021
13 Kevin Nicolet 2021
16 Livio Truog 2022
17 Attilio Biasca 2021
18 Nicolas Perrenoud 2022
19 Noah Greuter 2022
20 Benjamin Bougro 2021
22 Lilian Garessus 2021
23 Liekit Reichle 2021
25 Jan Spring 2021
27 Louis Robin 2021
  Defense
2 Tiziano Pauchard 2021
4 Rodwin Dionicio 2022
6 Brian Zanetti 2021
9 Lian Bichsel 2022
15 Nathan Cantin 2021
21 Dario Sidler 2021
26 Vincent Despont 2021
28 Maximilian Streule 2022
  Goaltenders
1 Niels Riesen 2021
29 Mathieu Croce 2021
30 Kevin Pasche 2021

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United States

Head coach: Dan Muse
Leadership group: Red Savage (C), Sean Behrens (A), Aidan Hreschuk (A)

No. Name College commitment NHL draft
  Forwards
4 Jack Hughes Northeastern (HE) 2022
7 Jack Devine Denver (NCHC) 2022
8 Justin Janicke Notre Dame (Big Ten) 2021
9 Liam Gilmartin Providence (HE) 2021
11 Chaz Lucius Minnesota (Big Ten) 2021
12 Sasha Pastujov Notre Dame (Big Ten) 2021
14 Rutger McGroarty Notre Dame (Big Ten) 2022
15 Ryan St. Louis Northeastern (HE) 2021
19 Red Savage Miami (NCHC) 2021
22 Isaac Howard Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC) 2022
23 Logan Cooley Notre Dame (Big Ten) 2022
25 Dylan Duke Michigan (Big Ten) 2021
28 Charlie Stramel Uncommitted 2023
  Defense
2 Sean Behrens Denver (NCHC) 2021
3 Ryan Chesley Minnesota (Big Ten) 2022
5 Ty Murchison Arizona State (IND) 2021
10 Ethan Straky Notre Dame (Big Ten) 2021
17 Aidan Hreschuk Boston College (HE) 2021
20 Lane Hutson Boston University (HE) 2022
24 Ty Gallagher Notre Dame (Big Ten) 2021
27 Roman Schmidt Boston University (HE) 2021
  Goaltenders
1 Braden Holt Uncommitted 2021
29 Gibson Homer Uncommitted 2021
30 Kaidan Mbereko Uncommitted 2021

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NFL schedule 2021: When is Tom Brady returning to New England to face the Patriots?

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For the first time in his 21-year NFL career, Tom Brady is going to get a chance to play against the Patriots. Because of the way the NFL’s rotating schedule works, the teams from the NFC South will be playing all four of the teams from the AFC East this year.

That, of course, means that Brady’s Buccaneers will be taking on Bill Belichick and the Patriots during the 2021 campaign. Needless to say, the stakes will be high in that game as both members of the long-time coach/quarterback duo will look to out-duel one another on the field.

By virtue of the 2021 NFL schedule release, we now know when Tampa Bay is traveling to New England for the contest. And luckily, fans won’t have to wait long to see a game that many never thought we’d see.

MORE: Full Buccaneers schedule for the 2021 season

Here’s everything to know about Tom Brady’s return to New England, including the date, time and TV channel for the contest.

When is Tom Brady playing against the Patriots?

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 3
  • Kickoff Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBC

Tom Brady will be returning to New England to play the Patriots in Week 4 of the NFL season. The Oct. 3 game will be shown on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and will be one of the marquee matchups of the season.

It won’t just be Brady’s return to New England either. Tight end Rob Gronkowski also will be in action against his former club for the first time in ’21. That will mark two likely Hall of Famers who are set to suit up against New England for the first time. Belichick will certainly cook up some plays in an effort to slow them down.

It’s unclear who the Patriots will be starting at quarterback by that point in the season, but it seems likely that it will either be Cam Newton or Mac Jones. If it’s Jones, then the first-round rookie will have a chance to endear himself to Patriots fans early if he can beat the team’s former star and earn Belichick and the Patriots some bragging rights.

The Buccaneers will be on the second game of a two-week road trip and will have just taken on the Rams in Los Angeles before this contest. It may not be easy for them to go coast-to-coast for this matchup, especially given how tough an opponent the Rams may be. Meanwhile, the Patriots will be coming off a home game against the Saints, which should be easier for them to bounce back from in the post-Drew Brees era.

No matter what happens in this game, it’s sure to be great. Brady and Belichick are two of the NFL’s ultimate competitors, and this could be the only time they face off as they enter the twilights of their careers. They’ll each be sure to bring their A-games to this matchup of all-time greats.

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Broncos schedule 2021: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

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The Broncos, despite finishing 5-11 and falling into last place in the AFC West last season, are giving coach Vic Fangio a chance to redeem himself in 2021. Denver hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015 — the season which ended with the team winning Super Bowl 50.

John Elway hired a GM, George Paton. But the Broncos, much to everyone’s surprise, didn’t go all in trying to replace third-year second-rounder Drew Lock at quarterback, settling to bring Teddy Bridgewater in the mix (for now). While the offense is hoping to perform better with the many talented pieces it already has around the QB, the defense continues its rebuild for Fangio.

Here is a complete breakdown of the Broncos’ 2021 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis.

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Denver Broncos schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time  TV
1 Sept. 12 at Giants 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
2 Sept. 19 at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET CBS
3 Sept. 26 vs. Jets 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
4 Oct. 3 vs. Ravens 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
5 Oct. 10 at Steelers 1 p.m. ET Fox
6 Oct. 17 vs. Raiders 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
7 Oct. 21 at Browns 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN/Amazon
8 Oct. 31 vs. Washington 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
9 Nov. 7 at Cowboys 1 p.m. ET Fox
10 Nov. 14 vs. Eagles 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
11 BYE
12 Nov. 28 vs. Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
13 Dec. 5 at Chiefs 1 p.m. ET CBS
14 Dec. 12 vs. Lions 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
15 Dec. 19 vs. Bengals 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
16 Dec. 26 at Raiders 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
17 Jan. 2 at Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
18 Jan. 9 vs. Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET CBS

The Broncos looked up to everyone in the division last season. The Chiefs are still daunting and the Chargers have some worthy buzz. Las Vegas provides the slight opening for Denver to get out of the cellar.

Outside of the AFC West six games, the Broncos join those rivals in also playing all of the AFC North and NFC East. The Jaguars and Jets are the extra last-place games in the AFC. The depleted Lions are a helpful simliar reprieve as the 17th opponent, from the NFC North.

MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2021

Broncos strength of schedule

The Broncos, on paper, have the sixth easiest schedule in the NFL, tied with the Dolphins. Denver’s opponents combined to go 127-143-2 last season, or a .471 winning percentage. A lot of that comes from Jacksonville, the two New York teams and Detroit.

Despite that, the Broncos still face returning playoff teams in six of their 17 games.

Toughest tests: The Broncos’ road schedule is brutal with trips to Cleveland and Pittsburgh offsetting a date in Jacksonville. They also have to play in Dallas and go to the Giants.

It’s a little different at home, where the Chiefs, Ravens and Washington represent the Broncos’ three toughest games out of nine total.

Biggest breaks: The Broncos get the “earned” breaks of the Jaguars, Jets and Lions, three teams in simliar situations. There also are the Bengals, Eagles and Raiders coming to Denver.

Bottom line: The Broncos are a mixed bag with offensive limitations and defensive overhauling. Fangio needs to win now after being saved despite his team’s dismal performance in 2020. 

If the QB situation changes dramatically, then it would be OK to consider the Broncos doing a complete 180 into contention. But in the current state, there’s little from Lock’s or Bridgewater’s recent play that inspires.

Record prediction: 6-11

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Giants schedule 2021: Dates & times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

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The Giants are hoping for a breakout third season with quarterback Daniel Jones in 2021. New York finished second in the NFC East at 6-10 under new coach Joe Judge last season, an improvement from 4-12 the previous season.

With better health, led by running back Saquon Barkley, and upgrades in personnel all around, the Giants are more confident that they can jump into first place in Year 2 with Judge. Here is a complete breakdown of the Giants’ 2021 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 17 games.

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New York Giants schedule 2021

Here is the New York Giants’ complete schedule for 2021.

 

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. Broncos 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
2 Sept. 16 at Washington (Thursday) 8:20 p.m. ET NFLN
3 Sept. 26 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
4 Oct. 3 at Saints 1 p.m. ET Fox
5 Oct. 10 at Cowboys 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
6 Oct. 17 vs. Rams 1 p.m. ET Fox
7 Oct. 24 vs. Panthers 1 p.m. ET Fox
8 Nov. 1 at Chiefs (Monday) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
9 Nov. 7 vs. Raiders 1 p.m. ET CBS
10 Nov. 14 Bye
11 Nov. 22 at Buccaneers (Monday) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
12 Nov. 28 vs. Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox
13 Dec. 5 at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Fox
14 Dec. 12 at Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET Fox
15 Dec. 19 vs. Cowboys 1 p.m. ET Fox
16 Dec. 26 at Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox
17 Jan. 2 at Bears 1 p.m. ET CBS
18 Jan. 9 vs. Washington 1 p.m. ET Fox

The Giants have an interesting slate beyond their six division games against the Cowboys, Eagles and Washington. The other complete NFC division is the South, while the interconference rotation brings up the AFC West.

As a second-place team, the Giants also get the NFC wild-card Rams and Bears on top of the Super Bowl 55 champion Buccaneers. From the AFC, the Dolphins are the 17th opponent.

MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2021

Giants strength of schedule

The Giants, thanks to their weak division, are tied for the eighth-easiest schedule in the NFL with the Bills and Colts. New York’s 2021 opponents had a combined 2020 record of 128-142-2, a winning percentage of .474.

The two games against Washington lead the contests against returning playoff teams. The Rams, Bears, Chiefs, Saints and Buccaneers make it seven out of 17 games.

Toughest tests: The Giants get the Chiefs, Buccaneers and Saints on the road. The Bears, Chargers and Dolphins round out the nasty non-division away slate. Of the home games, the Rams are easily the toughest foe.

Biggest breaks: The NFC East should be better, but the division still provides their most favorable games. The Falcons, Panthers, Raiders and Broncos are a welcome quartet of contests to soften the blows at home.

Bottom line: Jones has everything around him to be more successful winning games. The Giants’ defense is in the next stage of its rebuild. Should Jones raise his passing and running, New York will have a real chance at an NFC playoff berth, either as East champs or fringe wild card.

Record prediction: 8-9

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