The Hockey Gods have blessed us with a fun 2017 World Junior Championship, and now they’ve bestowed a tantalizing matchup for us on New Year’s Eve.
The United States and Canada will square off at 3:30 p.m. ET in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre to determine the winner of Group B. The two hockey rivals sit atop the group Dylan Strome Limited Jersey standings with matching 3-0 records and nine points apiece, meaning they’re all but through to the quarterfinal rounds.
Both have succeeded in what Womens Bill Ranford Jersey has ended up as the weaker of the two groups. While Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Finland have battled against the surprising Denmark and Switzerland, it’s been smooth sailing for Canada and the United States. Latvia and Slovakia have proven no challenge, and Russia has been a disappointment so far.
The team currently has some championship pieces, but with glaring holes, ZIPS currently projects them as a 79-83 team, far back of the defending pennant-winning Cleveland Indians. The Central Division is a bit in flux with the Twins and White Sox in rebuild mode, while the Tigers seem to be in a weird holding pattern. The opportunity to at least contend would seem to be there, but if the Royals don’t have the pieces, they could find themselves far back by mid-summer. Which leads us to….
Will the Royals have a firesale this summer?
With so many players eligible for free agency next winter, and with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement making it a bit less certain what the draft pick compensation will be, the Royals will likely look to trade off many veterans in July if they find themselves out of contention. But how far out of contention do the Royals need to be?