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Tuesday, 01.05.2010 / 11:38 PM / News
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The Predators will have five prospects representing the organization in this year's World Junior Championships, including 2009 First Round pick Ryan Ellis of Canada. Fellow '09 draftee Gabriel Bourque joins Ellis on the Canadian roster, while '09 Fourth Round pick Mattias Ekholm will skate for Sweden. A pair of 2008 draftees round out the Preds representatives: defenseman Roman Josi for Switzerland and forward Jani Lajunen for Finland.

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Ellis and Lajunen are making their second appearances in the World Juniors, while Josi is playing in his third WJC tournament. Bourque and Ekholm are playing in the tournament for the first time.

Check below for updates on the Preds prospects throughout the tournament, including NHL Network's TV broadcast schedule.

** Note: Ryan Ellis set a Team Canada record for points in World Junior career by defenseman. Ellis has 14 career points in two trips to the World Junior tournament, passing the mark of 13 points set by defensemen Greg Hawgood and Carlo Colaiacovo.

**Note: Gabriel Bourque tied a Team Canada record for points in a World Junior Championship Game. Bourque recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists), including the game's opening goal (the game-winner) and the game's third goal in Canada's opener vs. Latvia. The Team Canada record was initially set by Dave Andreychuk in the 1983 tournament and was matched by Mike Cammalleri in the 2002 tourney.

Gabriel Bourque - Forward - Canada (Silver Medal)
6 GP; 3-6-9, 4 PIM, +5, 1 GWG; T-11th in tournament in points; T-7th in tournament in assists
Preliminary Round 1st Place in Group A
Dec. 26 Latvia, 16-0 W 3-4-7, +5, GWG; tied Canada WJC record for pts in a game; Named Canada's No. 1 star for game
Dec. 28 Switzerland, 6-0 W 0-0-0, E
Dec. 29 Slovakia, 8-2 W 0-1-1, +1; assist on game's second goal
Dec. 31 USA, 5-4 SOW 0-0-0, E
Medal Round (Jan 2-5)
Jan. 3 Semifinals vs. Switzerland, 6-1 W 0-1-1, +1, assisted on game-winning shorthanded goal
Jan. 5 Gold Medal Game vs USA, 5-6 OTL 0-0-0, -2

Mattias Ekholm - Defense - Sweden (Bronze Medal)
6 GP; 1-0-1, 4 PIM, +10; T-1st in tournament in plus/minus rating
Preliminary Round 1st Place in Group B
Dec. 26 Czech Republic, 11-1 W 0-0-0, +2
Dec. 27 Austria, 7-3 W 1-0-1, +1, goal to give SWE 5-3 lead early P3
Dec. 29 Russia, 4-1 W 0-0-0, +2
Dec. 31 Finland, 7-1 W 0-0-0, +2
Medal Round (Jan 2-5)
Jan. 3 Semifinals vs. USA, 2-5 L 0-0-0, +1
Jan. 5 Bronze Medal Game vs. Switzerland, 11-4 W 0-0-0, +2

Ryan Ellis - Defense - Canada (Silver Medal)
6 GP; 1-7-8, 2 PIM, +2; T-4th in tournament in assists; 2nd in tournament in defenseman points
Preliminary Round 1st Place in Group A
Dec. 26 Latvia, 16-0 W 0-1-1, +4, assisted on GWG
Dec. 28 Switzerland, 6-0 W 0-2-2, assisted on goals 20-seconds apart in early P2
Dec. 29 Slovakia, 8-2 W 1-2-3, assisted on game's opening goal
Dec. 31 USA, 5-4 SOW 0-0-0, -2
Medal Round (Jan 2-5)
Jan. 3 Semifinals vs. Switzerland, 6-1 W 0-1-1, E, assisted on game's opening goal
Jan. 5 Gold Medal Game vs. USA, 5-6 OTL 0-1-1, -1, on overtime-forcing goal with 1:35 remaining in regulation

Roman Josi - Defense - Switzerland
4 GP; 1-2-3, 0 PIM, -1
Preliminary Round 3rd Place in Group A
Dec. 27 USA, 0-3 L 0-0-0, -1
Dec. 28 Canada, 0-6 L 0-0-0, -1
Dec. 30 Latvia, 7-5 W 1-2-3, +1; Wore "C" for Swiss; scored goal to tie game 3-3; Named Switzerland's No. 1 star for game
Dec. 31 Slovakia, 4-1 W 0-0-0, E
Medal Round (Jan 2-5)
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals vs. Russia, 3-2 OTW Injured - Did Not Play
Jan. 3 Semifinals vs. Canada, 1-6 L Injured - Did Not Play
Jan. 5 Bronze Medal Game vs. Sweden, 4-11 L Injured - Did Not Play

Jani Lajunen - Forward - Finland
6 GP; 1-4-5, 6 PIM, -1; T-2nd on team in points; Honored as one of Finland's top-3 players of the tournament as selected by Finland's Coaching Staff
Preliminary Round 3rd Place in Group B
Dec. 27 Czech Republic, 4-3 W 0-1-1, +1; assisted on game-tying goal with 5:14 left in P3
Dec. 28 Russia, 0-2 L 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Dec. 30 Austria, 10-1 W 1-1-2, +1; GWG
Dec. 31 Sweden, 1-7 L 0-0-0, -3
Medal Round (Jan 2-5)
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals vs. USA, 2-6 L 0-1-1, E
Jan. 4 5th Place Game vs. Russia, 4-3 W 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM; assisted on goal to tie game 2-2

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