World Junior Championship 2021: Four Storylines to watch for ahead of Quarter-Final matchups

Russia celebrates the victory over Sweden. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
Russia celebrates the victory over Sweden. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /
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Anton Lundell (15)
Anton Lundell #15 of Finland. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

3. One for the Panthers

Finland Vs. Sweden (1:30 p.m. ET)

This matchup will be of particular interest to Florida Panthers fans, who will no doubt have been hugely impressed by Anton Lundell so far.

The No. 12 overall pick by the Panthers in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Lundell has been a standout for Finland and he will be key to their hopes of progressing beyond the Quarter-Finals.

Also wearing the “C” on his chest for his country, Lundell has three goals and three assists for six points in four games, and he has got better the longer the tournament has gone on.

Arvid Costmar (14)
Arvid Costmar #14 of Sweden. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Lundell, who looks to be an elite talent that could really flourish in the NHL for the Panthers, has forged strong chemistry with linemates Kasper Simontaival (2 G, 3 A) and Roni Hirvonen (4 A), and they could really feast on a Sweden penalty kill that has allowed four goals in 10 opportunities.

Speaking of Sweden, they have dropped two straight and look to be a fading force, despite the efforts of Carolina Hurricanes prospect Noel Gunler, who has five points (4 G, 1 A) in four games.

Sweden are talented but Finland look the most complete team and it wouldn’t be surprising if Anton Lundell leads them to the Semi-Finals.