A few seconds separated Ryan Poehling from winning World Juniors gold after a great tournament. The Team USA forward was voted Most Valuable Player by the media, made the All-Star Team and was also voted Best Forward by the tournament directorate.
Poehling was USA’s scoring leader with five goals and eight points in seven games. He was third in scoring only behind Russia’s Grigori Denisenko (Russia, 4+5) and Aleksi Heponiemi (Finland, 3+6).
IIHF Directorate Awards
Best Goaltender: Pyotr Kochetkov (Russia)
Best Defenceman: Alexander Romanov (Russia)
Best Forward: Ryan Poehling (USA)
Media All-Star Team & MVP
Goaltender: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Finland
Defenceman: Alexander Romanov, Russia
Defenceman: Erik Brannstrom, Sweden
Forward: Grigori Denisenko, Russia
Forward: Philipp Kurashev, Switzerland
Forward: Ryan Poehling, USA
Most Valuable Player: Ryan Poehling, USA