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11 from '11: Standouts of Buffalo's first World Juniors

Brayden Schenn, Canada/St. Louis Blues: The tourney's top scorer finished with eight goals and 18 points in the seven games. Scored to give Canada a 3-0 lead over Russia in the gold medal game on an assist from future Sabres winger Marcus Foligno but it was the last goal his team would score before losing the game, 5-3. Had three 20-goal seasons with Philadelphia before being traded over the summer and is leading the Blues in scoring this year.

Ryan Ellis, Canada/Nashville Predators: "Captain Canada" was voted the tournament's best defenseman and led all blueliners in the tourney with 10 points (three goals, seven assists). Had opening goal of gold medal game. Became mainstay of Predators' Cup final team last year, collecting career highs in goals (16) and points (38). Has not played this season due to knee surgery.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Russia/St. Louis Blues: Russian captain suffered rib injury after collision with future Sabre Marcus Foligno in second period of gold medal game and famously ignored coach Valeri Bragin's orders to stay out of third. Instead, he returned to the ice to score the tying goal and assist on Artemi Panarin's game winner. Had four goals, seven assists, 11 points in tourney to tie teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov for second in scoring. Has become one of the NHL's most dynamic and consistent players with the Blues: Goal totals last three seasons are 37, 40 and 39 while point totals are 73, 74 and 75. Scored overtime winner to beat Sabres Dec. 10 in St. Louis.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Russia/Washington Capitals: Center of top line that accounted for three of the five goals in gold medal game. Assisted on all three to finish tied for second in tournament scoring with 11 points. Scored overtime winner that beat Finland in quarterfinals. Scored 77 points for Caps in 2015-16 season.

Dmitri Orlov, Russia/Washington Capitals: Backbone of Russian defense joined Canada's Ryan Ellis on tournament all-star team after finishing second among all players with eight assists. Has moved on to be regular on No. 1 pair in Washington, playing every game for the last three seasons. Had career-high 33 points last year.

Ryan Johansen, Canada/Nashville Predators: No. 4 overall pick in draft by Columbus six months before coming to Buffalo. Skilled center finished third on team in scoring with nine points, then returned to complete 40-goal, 92-point season with Portland of WHL. Had 33-goal season for Columbus in 2013-14 and 71 points for Jackets in 2014-15. Traded to Nashville in midst of contract dispute in 2016 and had 61 points for Cup finalists last year before playoff run was cut short by serious leg injury during Western Conference final.

Artemi Panarin, Russia/Columbus Blue Jackets: Dynamic winger had just one goal in first six games of tournament before erupting for a pair in third period of gold medal game, including the tiebreaking tally with 4:38 to play. Played five years in KHL before signing with Chicago and winning Calder Trophy as a 24-year-old after huge 2015-16 season (30-47-77). Had another big year last season (31-43-74) as Patrick Kane's linemate before being traded to Columbus last summer for Brandon Saad.

Chris Kreider, USA/New York Rangers: Boston College product emerged as top player on American team that didn't defend its gold medal after drubbing by Canada in the semifinals. Scored twice in bronze-medal win over Sweden that gave Team USA medals in consecutive tournaments for the first time. Played on Rangers' 2014 Stanley Cup final team and is a three-time 20-goal scorer for Blueshirts. Set career highs last season with 28 goals and 53 points.

Marcus Foligno, Canada/Minnesota Wild: Rugged winger got plenty of attention in the tourney because he was Sabres' fourth-round pick in 2009. Had two goals and two assists, including nifty assist on Brayden Schenn goal in gold medal that gave Canada its 3-0 lead. Son of former Buffalo captain Mike Foligno played 347 games for Sabres over next six seasons, posting career highs of 13 goals and 23 assists in 2016-17. Traded to Minnesota last summer along with Tyler Ennis for Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville.

Charlie Coyle, USA/Minnesota Wild: Boston University standout tied for team lead in assists (4) and points (6). Broken leg suffered earlier this season ended franchise-record consecutive game streak at 316 after he played every game for Wild over past three seasons. Had career highs of 38 assists and 56 points last season, and a 21-goal campaign in 2015-16.

Joonas Donskoi, Finland/San Jose Sharks: Dynamic winger had six points in six games for Finland, who disappointed in '11 by failing to medal. Is in third season with Sharks and on career-high 25-goal pace. Had 11 goals and 36 points as an NHL rookie in 2015-16, and scored overtime winning goal in Game 3 of Stanley Cup final against Pittsburgh.

Best of the rest

USA: Brian Dumoulin, Pittsburgh; Justin Faulk, Carolina; Jason Zucker, Minnesota.

Canada: Tyson Barrie, Colorado; Sean Couturier, Philadelphia.

Sweden: Robin Lehner, Buffalo; John Klingberg, Dallas; Johan Larsson, Buffalo; Adam Larsson, Edmonton; Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado.

Finland: Sami Vatanen, New Jersey; Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh.

Switzerland: Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota.

Slovakia: Richard Panik, Chicago.

Czech Republic: Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay.

Germany: Tom Kuhnhackl, Pittsburgh.

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