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Bordeleau Named One of USA’s Top Players at World Juniors

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Credit: NHL Network

With the surprise elimination of Team USA from the 2022 World Juniors, San Jose Sharks prospect Thomas Bordeleau’s tournament has ended. However, the event for Bordeleau at an individual level was an absolute success, as he was selected one of USA’s top players.

With one goal and seven assists in five games, the future Shark led all Team USA skaters in points. Through the quarterfinals, he finished the tournament trailing only Finland’s Joakim Kemell (8A) in assists.

The points he picked up were not the only area where he stood out as he made his presence especially noticed in the faceoff circle, as noted by Chris Peters in his review of Team USA’s play in the preliminary rounds for FloHockey: “While the points have been important, Bordeleau’s value to the U.S. has been enhanced by his success in the faceoff circle. It’s one of Bordeleau’s best-known traits, but Team USA is leaning on him extra heavily for their most important draws, regardless of which side of the ice they’re being taken on.”

Through five games at the WJC, Bordeleau’s 115 faceoff attempts are the most of any skater in the tournament. Bordeleau has won 59.13 percent, with the highlight stat coming in Team USA’s 3-2 victory over Sweden in the team’s final game of the preliminary round.

Bordeleau will make his way back to San Jose in the coming weeks for Sharks rookie and main camps.

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