Want to watch New York Islanders prospects at the 2021 World Junior Championship? Here’s what you need to know from rosters to TV carriers for the games.
Two New York Islanders prospects have made their respective national teams for the 2021 World Junior Championship. Isles 2019 first-round pick Simon Holmstrom was named to Team Sweden while 2020 sixth-round pick Matias Rajaniemi has been named to Team Finland’s squad.
With no hockey on TV since the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in September, and with the 2020-21 NHL regular season not getting underway until January 13, all eyes will be on this premier international tournament.
Here’s what you need to know about this year’s tournament from rosters, the schedule, and how you can watch games live.
Holmstrom made an offensively strong Team Sweden and is headed for Edmonton wearing the three crowns at the U20 level for the first time. The right-wing Holmstrom is the only player on his team to have played in North America this season. The rest of his teammates have spent their season playing in Sweden playing in the SHL, Allsvenskan, or J20 league.
Rajaniemi is one of the biggest kids in his squad. The 6’4″ 200+lbs blueliner towers over the rest of his teammates on the blue line. Only center Henri Nikkanen (2019 3rd round pick by Winnipeg) stands as tall as Rajaniemi.
Here are the full rosters for all ten teams and how they are split into the two divisions:
I’m only going to list the schedule for Team Finland and Team Sweden because that’s what’s going to matter for Islanders fans. But if you want a full schedule for every game for all ten teams (including preliminary games), here’s a link.
Dec. 20 @ 9:30 pm vs. Czech Republic (pre-tournament)
Dec. 22 @ 6:00 pm vs. USA (pre-tournament)
Dec. 25 @ 6:00 pm vs. Germany
Dec. 27 @ 2:00 pm vs. Switzerland
Dec. 30 @ 2:00 pm vs. Slovakia
Dec. 31 @ 6:00 pm vs. Canada
Dec. 21 @ 6:00 pm vs. Canada (pre-tournament)
Dec. 22 @ 9:30 pm vs. Switzerland (pre-tournament)
Dec. 26 @ 2:00 pm vs. Czech Republic
Dec. 28 @ 6:00 pm vs. Austria
Dec. 30 @ 9:30 pm vs. Russia
Dec. 31 @ 9:30 pm vs. USA
TSN carries the TV feed in Canada while the NHL Network will carry games for US viewers. The games will also be streamed on TSN’s app.