Power Rankings
by IIHF.com staff|25 DEC 2022
"Time to do things the Wright way" - defending champion Canada starts the Power Rankings from first place.
photo: Andrea Cardin / IIHF Images
Is it that time already? It sure is! Welcome to our first edition of the Power Rankings of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. Defending champion Canada starts off in first place with budding superstars like Connor Bedard and Shane Wright. The talented Americans are in second place as they look to exorcise the memory of 2022's fifth-place finish. And Finland, seeking its first gold since 2019 after last year's silver medal, is right there in third place. The good news for everybody else? This party is only getting started!
1 CAN Time to do things the Wright way
2 USA Game plan: eat their lobster, take their gold
3 FIN All gold medal mode, no goblin mode
4 SWE What is this “gold” of which you speak?
5 CZE Man, you guys look familiar!
6 GER Avatar: The Way of Treading Water
7 SVK 2023 is the year...that comes after 2022
8 SUI As dangerous as the Swiss navy
9 LAT See you in Halifax – that’s a guarantee!
10 AUT Should pack a good punch under Coach Fury
Click here to check out the previous editions of the Power Rankings.

The Power Rankings are for the enjoyment of IIHF.com readers, and reflect the progress of teams during the IIHF World Junior Championship. They are distinct from the official standings and IIHF World Ranking.