World Jr. Notes: Brett Ritchie expected to be fine after exhibition game injury

Here are some notes on Dallas Stars prospects who are involved in the World Junior Championship, which is in the exhibition game and roster finalization stage.

*RW Brett Ritchie suffered a minor upper-body injury in Canada’s 3-2 loss to Finland in exhibition play on Thursday.

Ritchie, Dallas’ second round pick in 2011, went down awkwardly after some body contact in the second period. He left the game and did not return. Team Canada coach Steve Spott said Ritchie was expected to be fine.

“He’s going to be OK,” Spott told TSN. “They kept him out for precautionary reasons, but he is going to be OK.”

Ritchie played on a line with center Ryan Strome and left wing Jonathan Drouin. He had no shots and an even rating in 7:20 of playing time.

*Defenseman Esa Lindell, a third round pick in 2012, was on Finland’s third defensive pairing in the game, which was played in Finland. He had no shots, a minus-one rating, two penalty minutes and logged 12:28 of ice time in the game.

LW Emil Molin, a fourth round pick in 2011, scored a goal in Sweden’s 3-2 overtime loss to the USA in a World Junior exhibition game played in Finland. Molin tallied the first goal of the game, scoring off a blast from the left circle. Molin, who played 13:43 in the game, had four shots on goal and a plus-one rating.

C Radek Faksa, Dallas’ first round pick in 2012, did not factor in the scoring as Czech Republic lost, 4-1, to Slovakia in an exhibition game on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Czechs announced their final roster for the World Junior Championship, and – no surprise – Faksa is on the 23-man roster.

Exhibition games continue through the weekend. The tournament opens December 26 in Ufa, Russia.

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