Power Rankings
by IIHF.com staff|01 JAN 2023
Czechia is the only nation to get at least a point in every game so far at the 2023 World Juniors and leads our second Power Rankings.
photo: Matt Zambonin / IIHF
Who saw this coming? In our second Power Rankings of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, the Czechs vault into first place. They topped Group A as the only team in this tournament without a regulation-time loss, and this is the first time they’ve won a group since their last gold medal in 2001. Host Canada occupies second place after reeling off three big victories powered by scoring leader Connor Bedard’s exploits. The U.S., despite finishing first in Group B with a decisive win over Finland, is just a hair behind in third place. Bring on the New Year and bring on the quarter-finals!
1 CZE O Canada, we scored five goals on thee
2 CAN Like Crosby and MacKinnon, we like winnin’
3 USA Beating Finland was absolutely Hughes
4 SWE Our 54-game playoff win streak starts now!
5 FIN The medal round is in Tampere, right?
6 SVK Martinez: Golden Glove. Gajan: Green Glove.
7 SUI Takin’ care of business and workin’ overtime
8 GER Killing penalties is murder
9 LAT Wouldn’t be here if his name was Bedards
10 AUT Mozart: Symphony No. 35-2
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.