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Canada Leads Odds to Win the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.

After completely botching their COVID-19 protocol in December, the IIHF had to postpone the 2022 World Junior Championship until August. Only a handful of games were played during the original run of the tournament in December before the IIHF shut down the event.

In Group A, Finland had the most points with a 3-0-0 record and a +9 goal differential, with one of those wins awarded after the Czech Republic couldn’t ice a full squad due to a COVID outbreak among its players.

In Group B, Sweden was at the top of the group with six points from two games, but the USA (second place in the group) took a 1-0 forfeiture loss to Switzerland when they couldn’t ice a full team following a COVID outbreak.

We’re only a few weeks away from the puck drop on the postponed 2022 WJC, so here are the World Junior odds as the tournament’s August 9 restart in Edmonton approaches.

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2022 World Junior Odds

According to online sportsbook Bodog, Canada has the favorite label in 2022 World Junior odds at +130. Finland holds the next-best odds at +350 while the USA sits at +400 to round out the top three on the oddsboard.

Odds to Win the 2022 World Juniors
Team Odds
Canada +130
Finland +350
USA +400
Sweden +500
Czech Republic +1700
Slovakia +2300
Germany +10000
Switzerland +10000
Austria +100000
Latvia +100000

Odds as of July 25 at Bodog

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Why Is Canada Favored To Win 2022 World Juniors?

Canada has won this tournament twice in the last five years and finished as the runner-up two other times. So over the last five editions, they’ve taken part in the gold-medal game in every year but one. That’s why it’s gold or bust for Canada.

This year’s Canadian team will feature some elite-level talent. Center Connor Bedard, widely seen as a generational talent, put up 100 points in 62 games in the WHL as a 16-year-old. He’s an incredible player who had five points in two games during the original playthrough of the 2022 World Juniors in December.

Shane Wright, who was selected fourth overall by the Seattle Kraken in the 2022 NHL Draft, is going to have a chip on his shoulder this season. He was widely expected to go first overall but slipped to No. 4 for no obvious reason. The IIHF World Junior Championship will be the first stop on his revenge tour.

In the 2021 version of the tournament, Canada went 6-1 while outscoring opponents by 35 goals. Their only loss came in the gold-medal game against the USA.

2022 World Junior Championship Best Bet

Finland (+350)

Even if Finland had worse odds than +350, I’d pick them to win. This Finnish squad is deep with talent, and they should have everyone at their disposal.

When the December version of the tournament was set to go, the Finns were without their No. 1 center, Aatu Räty. The New York Islanders prospect missed the team’s departure to Canada because he was isolating after testing positive for COVID.

Räty finished the 2021-22 season with 40 points in 41 games, dominating Finland’s Liiga – a pro league – as a 19-year-old. He also dominated the last best-on-best international tournament he played in, the 2021 World Junior Summer Showcase (WJSS), putting up six goals and 14 points in six games. Räty is a hell of a player to essentially add to this squad.

Topi Niemela, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, will lead the Finnish D corps. The mobile defenseman put up 32 points in 48 Liiga games with Karpat last year. He had eight points through seven games at this tournament in 2021 when Finland finished in third place.

This is a strong Finnish side that could very well win the whole thing. At +350, a $100 bet on Finland to win would return a $350 profit.

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No Russia?

Russia won’t be taking part in this tournament. After the country’s invasion of Ukraine, the IIHF barred Russia and Belarus from participating in any IIHF event indefinitely.