Sweden Wins Worlds, Panarin Named Top Forward

The 2017 World Championship came to a close on Sunday with Sweden topping Canada in the title game. Marcus Kruger skated more than 14 minutes in the championship game.

Russia won the bronze and Artemi Panarin was named the tournament’s most outstanding forward. He led the tournament with 17 points.

Nick Schmaltz had three assists in seven games and Trevor van Riemsdyk had no points in eight games for the United States.

Michal Kempny had three points in eight games for the Czech team.

15 thoughts on “Sweden Wins Worlds, Panarin Named Top Forward

  1. Congratulations to Sweden and congratulations to our own chicago Blackhawks forward Panarin so proud and happy for you! !

  2. More personal accolades for Panarin. The guy is a really good player when he wants to be it seems. Two years of a disappearing act in the front round of playoffs has me not challenging talent, but his heart and will to win. Some other players on the Hawks are in that group as well. While Preds are a good team it is still clear they are highly motivated to win, and that counts for a lot in tough situations. They are willing to battle through adversity. For whatever reasons this Hawks team was not ready to play against Nashville, and to a degree last year the same was true against St Louis.

    I am still embarrassed to think about how the Hawks were swept by the Preds. That should never happen to a team with a championship pedigree. Just a few thoughts as playoffs are soon headed to finals. Now I just hope the Ducks find a way to lose.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  3. Marian Hossa in his 1st 3 playoff appearances 4 games and 2 assists next year 6 games 0 points and 3rd year 4 games 1 goal and 1 assist. Also won his 1st cup on his 9th playoff appearance so I don’t believe Panarin is a write off just yet.

  4. Phil-we have to be taking about two different guys-it wasn’t Panarin that didn’t want to do the hard work in the playoffs this year-eventually in the last game he got sucked in and gave up when others we’re done (some right from the start).
    There are some Russians I question in ‘the want’ dept. but not him–not yet anyways-

  5. NOONAN96. I threw my comment up there for discussion. I sincerely hope you are correct with your assessment of Panarin. I detected less “give a damn” from this team than I would have ever expected against Nashville. I lump Panarian in with a host of guys that didn’t get it done. Panarin comments after 1st round ended also rubbed me the wrong way. Might have been a bad translation, but both he Kane said some really disturbing things which for me reflected attitude.

    This offseason should be a time for the core players on this team to do some soul searching, especially Toews. Really, the mess that was the Hawks playoff effort can be traced to many factors. A thin group of forwards especially the 3-4 lines. Anisimov line shut down, and Toews line in bad need of a consistent performer on the left wing. Hint: bigger, stronger, faster. Toews simply has to be much, much better.

    I’m just venting here a little bit so bear with me.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  6. It seems in the same year the Spitfires have re-invented Knott twice. I’ve seen him play on TV or live several times in the last 2 years. This year he had assumed a 2nd line role, playing center and taking draws and shutting guys down. After a month break he’s back on the first line wing in more of an offensive role with Brown and Bracco-two future NHL prospects.

    Not sure who has seen the new Hockey News issue. interesting draft stats-
    Hawks have had the most draft picks in the last 17 years of any team-169 but in the middle of the pack when it comes to 1st round picks (18) and average of the first round picks-15.7th
    More interesting was the pick source stat-
    Major Junior-30.8%
    NCAA-37.3%
    Europe-32%
    Almost top in the NHL for NCAA (3rd) but 30th overall for CHL. Some teams had over 50% for Junior. It wasn’t there in the article but another interesting break down would be by position? (and round average for position). It did state that they have drafted on average a goalie per year and they are 4th in doing that.
    Would like to see more Major Junior, with emphasis on the back end near the top rounds. And a bigger Andrew Shaw type would be nice.

  7. Phil I’m with you on the heart of your opinion that they didn’t want it near enough/and or didn’t have the horses to do it.

  8. Well Ernie I agree up until a certain point. When pushed Panarin has shown he will push back physically, but in playoffs that wasn’t the case. You can put him on a rather depressing list of Hawks players that fit that category.

    No one will remember how well the Hawks did in the regular season. The sweep will be remembered, always. It still hurts.

    When the Hawks were beaten by Kings in conf final it was a long and depressing summer since the team came so very close to winning another Cup. That team went down fighting until the end. This group can’t compare. Of course 2 of the games lost to Preds this year could have had a different outcome. Game 1 and 3 were there for the taking.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  9. @ ERNIE

    I don’t think anyone is eager to ship Panarin off the team, however, he is one of the few tradeable players contracts the Hawks have these days. SB really painted himself in a corner with these no trade clauses. None worse than Seabs.

  10. Good to hear from you Phil, I am as disgusted as you are. Not having full energy last yr against STL was why I wanted to rest guys and keep everyone fresh so we had full energy. So to me what the f was that, when we were rested properly. That’s why I am disgusted especially when we have a top 5 team. I donot care how young guys we have. There going to get better each yr. We need to finetune roster/whatever it takes so we have the right personnel. Then do the things your talking about. Theres no excuse for us not to have a chance every yr until 19/88 are older. We donot have to win 4 and 5 Stanley Cups to be a dynasty, we already are one but we deserve to win a 4th and have a chance to play for a 5th.

    Its not easy but like others have said we need to adapt the roster to the league instructed officiating that seems to be diff. these last 2 yrs then the 10 yr before that.

    I think our core is far from done, maybe this is the calm before another storm. Like the middle of a hurricane. Theres another good section of really good hockey coming from our team but we need to adjust to have a chance.

  11. Phil- thanks for the honest opinions

    SSHM- gets it… Is Panarin the reason Hawks were swept- NO!
    Do changes have to be made – yes (imo- significant- at least in Salary- so they can make meaningful changes)

    So- Panarin- is one of the few Pieces/w Salary that has value… and SB- isn’t chained to with NMC

    Ernie- at the end of day= Panarin/Russia didn’t win… Sweden did… great Hawks had 72/88 in top 10… not so great- they lost in 4 games- and didn’t score much in PO’s!!!

  12. I don’t know about you guys, but I took great enjoyment to watch the Ducks bow out yet again to a very competitive and roster reduced Preds team. I believe the Ducks brass is accountable for the personnel they hired and style of play that had them knocked off before reaching finals. Is it any wonder that injuries and fatigue plague the Ducks year after year? They want to play rock em sock robots hockey every game. Once you get to playoffs the opposition is fully willing to push back physically and then it becomes a war of attrition with teams watching rosters become reduced because of injuries on account of all the heavy hitting. Dumb penalties are also a by product of this devotion to trying to physically pound the hell out of other teams on almost every shift. Ducks have some really good players, but their team style gets in the way.

    The Canucklehead factor also played a role as well. How about Bieksa getting his ass beat to position and loose pucks the games he played? Never mind the cheap stuff at the end of game 6 with the final outcome already determined. What a piece of garbage that guy always was and always will be. Kesler just a notch below with his macho poser intimidation tactics. I loved watching Johansen push back against Kesler. Pity that kid got hurt. He has some heart and so does his team.

    Hawks need to re-commit next season. Panarin is a great talent and along with Kane and Anisimov that can remain a dynamic line. As much as I like Anisimov and the way he plays, his playoff performance was surely sub par. That is another guy that really needs to step it up in playoffs. Sure he was probably not completely fit to start playoffs, but he never really got to the level we had come to expect from him. Your best players need to make an impact.

    Anyway, I’m done venting, but I felt writing down thoughts as it relates to the Ducks would be somewhat therapeutic. It worked!

    Lets Go Hawks!

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