Early Odds-on Favorites to win ‘08 WSI

Apr 27, 2023 | World Hockey Hub

Photo by Carmo Photography
Photo by Carmo Photography

10 Teams with the best chance of winning after two days of action

Nearly 70 games are in the books at the 15U World Selects Invitational in Nashville. The tournament nears the halfway point, as playoff matchups will begin Friday afternoon and a champion ultimately crowned on Sunday. WHH takes a look at 10 teams with the best odds of winning the ’08 Elite world championship.

Disclaimer: This is purely for entertainment purposes only. We do not encourage sports betting on youth hockey games in any form.

Western Selects2-1
CCM Selects3-1
Finland Selects3-1
ID Selects5-1
Minnesota Blades8-1
SKA Yunost8-1
Swiss Selects15-1
Minnesota Lakers16-1
DevCo Hockey20-1
National Hockey Prospects30-1

Led by a pair of Los Angeles Jr. Kings in Tyus Sparks, Logan Stuart and Noah Davidson, Western Selects comes in as the current front-runner through four games. Each Jr. King has scored at least three goals apiece, with Sparks leading the charge with seven points. They did fall 5-1 to another favorite on the list, Minnesota Blades.

CCM Selects has won, and won big in all four games so far. We talked about some of their standouts thus far, and they’ve continued to tear it up into Day 2. Through four games, their average margin of victory 7.75 goals. However, their opponent’s combined record in the tournament is 1-13-0.

Viljo Kahkonen and Oliver Torkki have shown out to be two of the most productive ’08s in the tournament. That duo has led Finland Selects to a 3-0-0 start, and has combined for 17 points; the team as a whole has scored 22 goals.

ID Selects is loaded with some of the top talent in the U.S. That includes forward Cam Nimmer whose fresh off of a national championship run. Michael Berchild leads the team with six points. That’s matched by defenseman A.J. Francisco who began the tournament with points in three straight games.

ID Selects will open up Friday morning action against SKA Yunost. That matchup could have significant playoff seeding implications as well.

As mentioned, Minnesota Blades did beat Western Selects on Thursday. Forward Riley Zupfer posted three points in the win for Minnesota. He leads the team in scoring with seven points, and factored in on half the Blades’ offense.

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