Team Canada World Juniors Odds
After taking home Gold this summer in Edmonton, Team Canada will be looking to claim its 20th World Junior Hockey Championship this winter on the East Coast of Canada. Sporting another star-studded roster that looks poised to compete for the top prize in this year’s competition, get all the latest odds and betting news on this year’s Canadian World Juniors Roster.
At Canadian Sports Betting, we have all the best bets, odds, and news on this year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships including the top online sportsbooks to bet with on the 2023 World Juniors. Learn all about this year’s Canadian team, their top competition, and their odds to win gold this Winter.
Team Canada’s 2023 World Junior Roster
|Player||Position||Current Team||Round Drafted|
|Thomas Milic||Goalie||Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)||Undrafted (’23)|
|Benjamin Gaudreau||Goalie||Sarnia Sting (OHL)||3rd Round (San Jose Sharks)|
|Nolan Allen||Defence||Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)||1st Round (Chicago Blackhawks)|
|Olen Zellweger||Defence||Everett Silvertips (WHL)||2nd Round (Anaheim Ducks)|
|Tyson Hinds||Defence||Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)||3rd Round (Anaheim Ducks)|
|Brandt Clarke||Defence||Los Angeles Kings (NHL)||1st Round (Los Angeles Kings)|
|Ethan Del Mastro||Defence||Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)||4th Round (Chicago Blackhawks)|
|Kevin Korchinski||Defence||Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)||1st Round (Chicago Blackhawks)|
|Jack Matier||Defence||Ottawa 67s (OHL)||4th Round (Nashville Predators)|
|Brennan Othmann||Forward||Peterborough Petes (OHL)||1st Round (New York Rangers)|
|Joshua Roy||Forward||Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)||5th Round (Montreal Canadiens)|
|Logan Stankoven||Forward||Kamloops Blazers (WHL)||2nd Round (Dallas Stars)|
|Dylan Guenther||Forward||Arizona Coyotes (NHL)||1st Round (Arizona Coyotes)|
|Reid Schaefer||Forward||Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)||1st Round (Edmonton Oilers)|
|Zach Dean||Forward||Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)||1st Round (Vegas Golden Knights)|
|Shane Wright||Forward||Seattle Kraken (NHL)||1st Round (Seattle Kraken)|
|Connor Bedard||Forward||Regina Pats (WHL)||Undrafted (’23)|
|Colton Dach||Forward||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)||2nd Round (Chicago Blackhawks)|
|Caedan Bankier||Forward||Kamloops Blazers (WHL)||3rd Round (Minnesota Wild)|
|Adam Fantilli||Forward||University of Michigan (Big 10)||Undrafted (’23)|
|Zack Ostapchuk||Forward||Vancouver Giants (WHL)||2nd Round (Ottawa Senators)|
|Nathan Gaucher||Forward||Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)||1st Round (Anaheim Ducks)|
Team Canada’s Top Players
Sporting an absolutely stacked roster, there’s no shortage of talent on this year’s Canadian World Junior. Featuring three current NHLers, nine first-round picks, and two of the hottest prospects in this upcoming draft, the Canadian U20 squad could be the team to beat in this year’s tournament.
Get familiar with some of the biggest names on this year’s team who are sure to tally several highlight plays and help guide Canada to a deep run in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
The unquestioned top prospect in all of junior hockey, Connor Bedard has dazzled scouts and hockey fans from across the country with his insane athleticism and spectacular skillset. The probable first-overall pick in the upcoming 2023 NHL Entry Draft, Bedard has lit up the WHL, tallying an unprecedented 64 points in 28 games played for the Regina Pats this season.
Look for the 17-year-old to become a household name by the time this years World Junior tournament comes to a close, as he continues to carve out an impressive junior career before setting his sights on the pros.
One of the most-well regarded prospects in the NHL, Shane Wright is set to showcase his elite-level skills on the National stage, captaining the Canadian team in this year’s tournament.
Drafted fourth-overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft by the Seattle Kraken, Wright has already made an impact for his team in the pros, scoring at the highest-level in his last outing. Looking to draw upon his experience garnered at the NHL level, look for Wright to standout from the crowd as one of this year’s tournaments top talents.
Another current NHLer donning the Maple Leaf in this year’s World Junior Championships, Dylan Guenther will be poised to make his presence felt for the Canadians.
Guenther has been a regular contributor for the Arizona Coyotes this season. Putting together a stellar rookie campaign, he has already totaled 11 points this season at the highest-level. Able to score consistently at the NHL level, look for Guenther to have no trouble dominating the competition in this year’s tournament.
2023 IIHF World Junior Championship Odds
Who is Canada’s Top Competition?
While Canada is favoured to win this year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, there are several tough competitors they will go up against on their path to gold. With several teams looking to best the Canadians and put an end to their recent string of success, Canada will have a target on their backs and these two teams will be at the forefront of ending their back-to-back championship aspirations.
The winners of the 2021 World Junior Championships, the United States are a close second in this years tournament rankings. With their own roster full of tremendous talent, the Americans are always an exciting group to watch.
Featuring top prospects such as Luke Hughes, Sean Behrens, and Red Savage, the United States squad will be a tough matchup for any team who takes the ice across from them. The Americans always push the Canadians to the limit and if they indeed faceoff in the knockout round of this year’s tournament, look for sparks to fly in this heated international rivalry.
Nearly the gold medal winners of last year’s World Junior Championships, the Fins pushed Canada to the brink of silver, falling to them in overtime of the tournament final.
Also with recipients of World Junior gold in recent memory, Finland captured the top-prize in international junior hockey in 2019 in Vancouver. With electric players on this years roster such as Brad Lambert, Oliver Kapanen, and 16-year-old top prospect Aron Kiviharju, the Finish roster is going to be a tough team to beat in each contest they compete in.
2023 IIHF World Junior Championship Group A Odds
Teams to Watch in Group A
Canada may be the resounding favourite to win Group A, there is still plenty of competition in this group that could have the potential to knock the Canadians out of contention. With teams like Germany and the Czech Republic trending in the right direction, one squad stands out as the biggest threat to dethrone the Canadians.
A nation that knows what it takes to claim World Junior gold, the Swedes are once again poised to make a deep run in this year’s tournament. Always an electrifying bunch equipped with sensational talent and skill, the Swedish national team could be Canada’s stiffest competition in Group A.
Showcasing top talents such as Jesper Wallstedt, Simon Edvinsson, and Emil Andrae, the Swedes could once again find themselves jockeying for the top spot in Junior Hockey, chasing after their third gold medal win in the country’s history.
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