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Can Team Sweden win Group B? World Juniors Prop Odds

The IIHF’s World Junior Championship is set to get underway tomorrow. On August 9, the puck will drop between Czechia and Slovakia at 2 PM ET from Edmonton, Alberta to open the 2022 World Juniors. This time, we all hope COVID won’t be an issue and the tournament can go on till its conclusion on August 20.

Remember, this tournament was supposed to take place in December/January but thanks to a bungled COVID policy, the tournament had to be postponed to the summer. And here we are with the 2022 WJC ready to go.

This page is dedicated to World Juniors prop bets like, who will win Group A or B, who will be the tournament’s top goal and point scorers and who will be the tournament’s top goalie?

We’ve already set the field for the World Junior Championship favorites. You can see the odds for the 2022 WJC outright winner here as well as our picks and insights. 

2022 World Juniors Props: Group A Winner

Odds to Win 2022 World Juniors: Group A
Team Odds
Canada -250
Finland +240
Czech Republic +900
Slovakia +1800
Latvia +20000

Odds as of August 7 at Bovada

Group A Favorites: Canada (-240)

There’s no doubt this is Canada’s group to lose. At -240 they’re the clear favorites to win. In fact, they’re the clear favorites to win the entire tournament. Playing on home ice and having some of the better players in the entire field certainly helps that.

Center Connor Bedard is already a lock to go number one at the 2023 NHL draft. The 18-year-old put up wildly impressive numbers in the WHL this season with 51 goals and 100 points in 62 games. As you’ll see a bit later he’s also expected to be one of the top goal-scorers for the tournament as well.

But Canada also boasts a lot of quality deeper in the squad. Playing on the third line is New York Islanders prospect, William Dufour. The big winger put up an incredible 56 goals and 116 points in 66 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs this year. He also helped the Sea Dogs capture the Memorial Cup with seven goals and eight points in four games. Again, he’s playing on their third line. He’d be a top-line player for just about any other country at this tournament.

Group A Pick: Finland (+250)

It makes sense to see Finland behind Canada in terms of early odds simply because of Canada’s quality on paper. But don’t sleep on Finland winning this group, they have a ton of quality of their own to win this group outright.

The Finns top line of Hirvonen-Raty-Kemell has already done exceedingly well during pre-tournament play. Specifically, the duo of Raty and Hirvonen have combined for 27 points over the last 22 national team tournaments and friendly games.

Not to mention most of these Finnish kids spent the season playing in a professional men's league against 20-40 year-olds. The Canadians, for example, spent the season playing against teens and 21-year-olds.

Sure, Canada is perhaps more skilled on paper, but, again, I wouldn’t sleep on Finland. They have a ton of talent and they can already play a men's game.

2022 World Juniors Props: Group B Winner

Odds to Win 2022 World Juniors: Group B
Team Odds
USA -140
Sweden +105
Switzerland +2000
Germany +2500
Austria +20000

Odds as of August 7 at Bovada

Group B Favorites: USA (-140)

The Americans have made some interesting decisions with their squad. The fifth overall pick at that 2022 draft Cutter Gauthier wasn’t even invited and the 13th overall pick at the 2022 draft Frank Nazar didn’t make the final cut. Both Gauthier and Nazar played for the US National Development Program last year and put 49 points in 54 games and 71 points in 55 games, respectively.

While obviously, both are still young and technically would have been underage at this tournament, it’s still a bizarre decision not to bring two big names recently drafted by NHL teams.

Regardless the Americans are still the favorite to win Group B. Sash Pastujov, the third overall pick at the 2021 draft by the Anaheim Ducks, will lead the US offensively. But at -140, there’s some real concern that the States might not be able to take this group.

Group B Pick: Sweden (+105)

The Swedes have the second-best odds to win Group B at +105. They’ve got quality in all three positions. And it starts from the net with Jesper Wallstedt. The Minnesota Wild prospect had strong numbers playing the SHL last year with a 1.98GAA and .918SV% in 22 games.

Defensively, Simon Edvinsson, a Detroit Red Wings 6th overall pick in 2021, will use his big 6’6” frame to shut down the opposition. A skill he used remarkably well in Sweden last year where he helped Frolunda finish 4th in the SHL and make it to the Semi-Finals of the playoffs.

There’s a really good chance that the Swede’s quality shines in this rather weaker group to finish first in the group.

According to our odds calculator the Swedes have an implied 48.88% chance of winning Group B. A $100 winning bet on the Swede to capture Group B would return a $105 profit.

2022 World Juniors Props: Top Goal Scorer

Odds to Win 2022 World Juniors: Top Goal Scorer
Team Odds
Mason McTavish (CAN) +600
Aatu Raty (FIN) +800
Connor Bedard (CAN) +800
Kent Johnson (CAN) +1200
Logan Stankoven (CAN) +1200
Oskar Olausson (SWE) +1200
Roni Hirvonen (FIN) +1200
Brett Berard (USA) +1400
Joakim Kemell (FIN) +1400
Alexander Holtz (SWE) +1600

Odds as of August 7 at Bovada

2022 World Juniors Top Goal Scorer Pick: Joakim Kemell (+1400)

Joakim Kemell is the name that stands out to me here. This is a kid who just scored 15 goals at the Finnish professional level for a really bad JYP team. He’s also playing on Finland’s top line with center Aatu Raty and left-wing Roni Hirvonen. That line will put up points at this tournament and Kemell will be the primary goal scorer.

At least that’s what center Aatu Raty recently stated. In an interview in Finland, Raty stated that he and Hirvonen are pass-first players while Kemell is the shoot-fist guy on the line.

Kemell has a hell of a release, can find open space and is going to play with two elite players at this level. He’s going to score a number of goals for Finland. His odds to be the tournament’s top scorer are at +1400. That’s a $1,400 profit on a $100 bet. That’s really good value.

2022 World Juniors Props: Top Point Scorer

Odds to Win 2022 World Juniors: Top Point Scorer
Team Odds
Mason McTavish (CAN) +550
Aatu Raty (FIN) +700
Connor Bedard (CAN) +700
Kent Johnson (CAN) +850
Brett Berard (USA) +1300
Joakim Kemell (FIN) +1500
Roni Hirvonen (FIN) +1800
Oskar Olausson (SWE) +1800
Thomas Bordeleau (USA) +2000
Matthew Knies (USA) +2000

Odds as of August 7 at Bovada

2022 World Juniors Top Point Scorer Pick: Connor Bedard (+700)

It’s hard to ignore Connor Bedard at +700. Sure Bedard is at a similar stage of his carer as McDavid was in 2014. That year McDavid put up four points in seven games for Canada even though he’d torche the OHL for 99 points in 56 games in 13-14. But how the fact that this tournament is being played in August instead of December/January is a huge advantage for Bedard.

That’s some seven to eight months of development for Bedard that McDavid didn’t get. This tournament also isn’t being played right in the middle of the regular season. Bedard has had the offseason to rest, recharge and bulk up. So when the puck drops on the WJC this month, we’re getting the best version of Bedard.

This tournament could be a huge statement for Bedard. He’ll be playing on Canada’s top line with center Mason MacTavish and winger Jonathan Roy where he’ll get a chance to put up a bucket load of points.

At +700, a winning bet on Bedard to be the tournament’s top scorer returns a $700 profit.

2022 World Juniors Props: Top Goalie

Odds to Win 2022 World Juniors: Top Goalie
Team Odds
Dylan Garand (CAN) +250
Jesper Wallstedt (SWE) +275
Joel Blomqvist (FIN) +350
Drew Commesso (USA) +400
Jan Bednar (CZE) +700
Simon Latkoczy (SVK) +1200
Florian Bugl (GER) +4000

Odds as of August 7 at Bovada

2022 World Juniors Goalie Pick: Jesper Wallstedt (+275)

The Swedish blueline is perhaps their greatest strength going into this tournament. They got a big and mobile defensive unit behind guys like 6’6” Simon Edvinsson who can shut down the opposition’s best players, 6’4” Willam Wallinder carrying the puck out of the D-zone and into the offensive zone and then 6’3” Helge Grans who’s mobility and solid gap-control make him an excellent defender across the entire 200 feet of ice.

The defensive core is going to make it tough for their opposition to just get quality shots towards the net, making Jesper Wallstedt’s job much easier. Again, Wellstedt’s numbers in Sweden were absolutely glowing with a 1.98GAA and .918SV% in 22 games for Lulea.

His +275 odds to be the top goalie might be the second-best on the oddsboard, but it still gives plenty of value for bettors with a $275 profit on a $100 winning bet.