1. Trevor Zegras, F, Team USA
Arguably the best and most impressive player at the 2021 World Junior Championship so far has been Team USA forward Trevor Zegras.
Zegras has been absolutely dominant so far with six goals and seven assists for 13 points in four games, leading the entire tournament in points.
Most impressive, though, has been the center’s ability to come up big when his country and team has needed him most.
He sparked Team USA to a must-win 4-0 shutout win over Sweden to top Group B with a goal and two assists, while he boasts an ability to change the momentum of a game with a single elite-level play.
Taken with the ninth overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Zegras has a high ceiling and incredible talent, and it is feasible to project that the left-shot could make the leap to the NHL in 2020-21.
But, for now, Zegras’ focus will be on helping Team USA to advance to the Semi-Finals and he will be crucial against Slovakia.
Playing top-six minutes and excelling on the left-wing, Zegras boasts the type of skill set that could decide a tight game, and he’ll be expected to add to his 13 points.
Able to both score and create, in addition to thriving on the power play, there is perhaps no more important player to Team USA than Trevor Zegras, who has the elite talent and the firepower to take his country all the way to the Gold Medal.