CMJ: expect Macklin Celebrini to miss the start of the tournament

CMJ: expect Macklin Celebrini to miss the start of the tournament

Today, Canada played a preparatory match for the World Junior Championship. It was a duel against Switzerland, which the Canadians won without too much difficulty.

What can we learn from it?

The main thing to take away from the 6-3 win is that the Swiss got themselves into trouble. But how? By seeing the excellent Macklin Celebrini do just that:

Here’s the Macklin Celebrini hit. The IIHF is strict on these types of plays. Would guess he has to sit a game or two to start the tournament.

– Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) December 22, 2023

Basically, the NHL’s top prospect tackled a player from behind against the boards. He fell heavily and the movement of his head isn’t exactly reassuring at first glance.

You might wonder why he had his back turned, but the IIHF doesn’t ask such questions, historically.

In fact, it’s very likely that the young man will be suspended on the sidelines of the tournament. That’s the way it often works, for gestures of this kind on the international stage.

What’s more, Canada’s first match is against Finland (December 26). Without Celebrini, it will be more difficult.

Of course, if Celebrini can’t be there, it’s logical to think that this would open the door for other players to have a bigger role in the middle. And clearly, Owen Beck comes to mind.

The Canadian prospect, who is Mr. Experience with Team Canada, scored two goals today in his team’s penultimate preparatory game. In fact, he was player of the game.

What a goal from Owen Beck while down a man! #WorldJuniors

– TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 22, 2023

Since the start of the tournament, Beck has often found himself in the role of fourth center. Will he get a chance on the top-9 tomorrow, given his experience, his performances and the fact that Celebrini has been the second center since the start of camp?

Given that a suspension seems likely, it’s safe to assume that Beck could be sentenced – positively – in the next few days. Nothing is certain, however.

In brief

– Rumors of the moment.

My latest Rumblings for@TheAthletic: Latest on Lindholm, Pettersson, Kuznetsov, the Olympics and the Devils’ $9M cap room ahead of the deadline ⤵

– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 22, 2023

– Oh boy.

Pascal Vincent goes after Elvis Merzlikins 😳

– TVA Sports (@TVASports) December 22, 2023

– Les boys!

The Habs boys at the Groupe CH Christmas party at the Bell Centre🎄🎉

– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) December 21, 2023

– Still.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Luis Suárez joins his good friend Lionel Messi with Inter Miami!👏

– RDS (@RDSca) December 22, 2023

– Incredible.

Pure madness.

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