The Philadelphia Flyers have four prospects competing at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, including German Rubtsov for Russia. The young forward helped his team get back into the game with two late assists in a tough 5-4 defeat in their opening game against the Czech Republic.
Rubtsov’s first assist came with some creativy. He got the puck along the side boards, skated around the net, and found his teammate driving to the front of the net for a beautiful goal.
Let’s take a closer look at Rubtsov’s playmaking ability to skate around and get his team within two goals.
A great display of patience and playmaking by Rubtsov.
Minutes later Rubtsov got the puck off a wide shot and began to create a lane. He dished the puck and drifted to the inside for a possible tip-in. His teammate was able to wrist a shot through traffic and get Russia within a goal.
Rubtsov was set up for the screen in front and the shot floated home.
Though it wouldn’t be enough, Rubtsov showed why he’s going to be a big impact for Russia as the tournament progresses.
Rubtsov and Russia will return to the ice on Thursday as they take on Switzerland in the preliminary round.
(Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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