Here is a little recap of how the five Penguins prospects fared at the World Junior Championships. 

Olen Zellweger: Nominated by the media as one of the best defenders in the tournament, Zellweger was the backbone of the Canadian defence core.  He demonstrated that he can perform at a high level at both ends of the ice.  There is a lot to be excited about with this one considering his skillset and potential upside at the next level.  Olen tallied 11 points (2+9) in 7 games and anchored the Canadian powerplay.  There's a good chance that he gets another year of seasoning and should lead Canada in a leadership role this winter if all works out. 

Ridly Greig: Despite the unfortunate injury, Greig showcased his outstanding 200 foot game and high end compete level.  While active, he was instrumental at both end of the ice.  Team captain, Mason MacTavish, acknowledged that he was irreplaceable when news broke that he could no longer play.  Good things the boys stepped up in his absence.  Given the talent added to the Senators (NHL) roster this off season, there's a good chance Greig gets another year to fill out and develop his game before making the jump.  

Brock Faber:  Logged plenty of minutes on the back end for the Americans.  Faber showcased tremendous poise and a good two-way game.  Furthermore, he displayed his exceptional leadership abilities as captain of the team.  Unfortunately for Brock and the US, they came up a little bit short this year.  Faber should head back to college where he will captain the prestigious Golden Gophers this season.  Brock gelled very well with Luke Hughes this tournament.  Could Faber + Zellweger be a good pair in the future? 

Kalle Vaisanen: The 6'4, 180lb right winger showed that he has some promise to his game.  Vaisanen managed to record a goal and an assist through seven games while playing in more of a defensive role for the Finns.  He should see more time with TPS in the Liiga this year.  Hopefully Kalle shows that he can produce when given some more playing time at the professional level.  He is still very raw. 

Jiri Tichacek:  In my initial WJC preview article, I did not even realize that Tichacek was playing.  Twice passed over in the NHL.  He managed an assist in seven games.  Hopefully he eventually finds his way. 


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