Someone pinch Colton Point right now, because he must still be feeling like he’s dreaming.
The 19-year-old goaltender is having a breakout season that he’ll likely never forget. The 2016 5th round draft pick started the season on fire for Colgate in the NCAA and hasn’t slowed down since, establishing himself as one of the top goalies in college hockey. His stupendous play caught the eye of Hockey Canada, who scouted him heavily and invited him to their World Juniors camp, where he won the team’s backup job behind returnee Carter Hart.
And on Wednesday Point had a night that he’ll probably tell his grandkids about one day, starting for Canada and stopping all 20 shots that he faced in a 6-0 shutout victory over Slovakia in his World Juniors debut.
“During warmups I took a look around the stands and saw my family, and it was kind of surreal,” Point said, as reported by Habs Eyes On The Prize. “It’s nice knowing that I’m a part of this.
“I’ve been a long shot my whole career, and this has been pretty cool. I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy it, this is something you tell your kids about, that I played for Canada in this tournament.”
There is a chance that this is Point’s only action of the tournament, with Hart being the established starter for Canada. Even if that turns out to be the case, getting to be a part of the tournament at all is a huge opportunity for the up-and-coming Stars prospect.
Let’s take a look at the other five Dallas prospects in action and how they’ve fared so far in the tournament.
Miro Heiskanen - Finland
The top prospect in the Stars’ system had a tough start to his second World Juniors on Tuesday, as Finland drew an opening-day matchup against Canada and dropped a 4-2 decision. The 3rd overall pick in the 2017 draft had no points and finished at a -1, but he did log a team-high 22:39 for the Finns
Riley Tufte - United States
Speaking of World Junior debuts, Tufte had a strong one for the United States, picking up an assist and logging 18:17 of ice time — second-most among the team’s forwards — as the U.S. rolled over Denmark by a score of 9-0 on Tuesday. He played on a line with 2017 8th overall pick Casey Mittelstadt and Boston University forward Patrick Harper.
Jake Oettinger - United States
Oettinger did not play in Team USA’s tournament-opening game against Denmark, dressing as the backup behind Joseph Woll.
Fredrik Karlstrom- Sweden
Karlstrom had two secondary assists in 13:39 of ice time as Sweden cruised to a 6-1 win over Belarus.
Ondrej Vala - Czech Republic
Vala played 16:08 and finished with an even rating as the Czech Republic pulled off a surprise on Tuesday, defeating Russia by a score of 5-4. Vala saw time on his team’s penalty kill.
Denmark vs. Finland at 11:00 AM CT
Switzerland vs. Russia at 1:00 PM CT
Czech Republic vs. Sweden at 3:00 PM CT
Slovakia vs. United States at 7:00 PM CT