Power Rankings
by IIHF.com staff|03 JAN 2023
Czechia, which boasts a tournament-best 33-7 goal difference, heads for the semi-finals atop our third Power Rankings after walloping Switzerland 9-1.
photo: Matt Zambonin / IIHF
In our third Power Rankings of the 2023 World Juniors, the Czechs hold on to top spot after pounding Switzerland 9-1 in the quarter-finals. The Americans take over second place on the strength of their 11-1 elimination of Germany. Meanwhile, host Canada slips to third place after needing sudden-death overtime to solve underdog Slovakia in a 4-3 nailbiter. How wild will the final four in Halifax be? We can’t wait to find out!
1 CZE Hockey is the Kulich game on ice
2 USA We’d Bedard come ready to play
3 CAN Who else?
4 SWE To the Victor go the spoils
5 SVK Gajan is a demi-Godla
6 FIN We told them: “Go get that silver!”
7 SUI Woulda won if we scored every 22 seconds
8 GER “Yes, Austria, 11 is the saddest number...”
9 LAT Even Vecna is afraid of Veckaktins!
10 AUT It’s a “full 60,” not a “full 40”
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.