Red Wings' goalie prospect Jesper Eliasson drops opener at world showcase
Red Wings draft choice Jesper Eliasson was in goal for Sweden's 4-2 loss against USA Blue on the first day of the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.
Eliasson, a 6-3, 191-pound native of Eksjo, Sweden, and a third-round pick by Detroit in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, stopped 20 of 23 shots on Saturday afternoon and allowed first-period goals by Alex Turcotte (Los Angeles Kings), Blake McLaughlin (Anaheim Ducks) and John Beecher (Boston Bruins). Cole Caufield (Montreal Canadiens) added an empty-net goal.
Samuel Fagemo (Kings) and David Gustafsson (Winnipeg Jets) replied for Sweden. Jonatan Berggren, a second-round pick by the Wings in 2018, was scoreless.
Also Saturday, Red Wings draft choice Otto Kivenmaki had an assist in Finland's 3-2 win over USA White. Kivenmaki is a 5-8, 140-pound center who was taken in the seventh round in 2018.
Eemil Erholtz (2020 draft eligible) scored two goals and Sampo Ranta (Colorado Avalanche) added a single for Finland. Northville's Nick Robertson (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Oliver Wahlstrom (N.Y. Islanders) scored for USA White and Fenton's Drew DeRidder (2020 draft eligible) took the loss in goal.
"I'd say today was a productive day for us, no question," Team USA head coach Scott Sandelin said. "We learned more about these players and this staff and as a result, we're better today. Tomorrow, we'll look to build off that."
Both teams return to action today. USA Blue will face Finland at 1 p.m., and USA White will meet Sweden at 4 p.m. Both games will be streamed live by HockeyTV.
World Junior Summer Showcase
Saturday: Finland 3, USA White 2
Saturday: USA Blue 4, Sweden 2
Today: USA Blue vs. Finland (1 p.m.)
Today: USA White vs. Sweden (4 p.m.)
July 30: Canada vs. USA (4 p.m.)
x-July 31: Canada vs. Finland (1 p.m.)
x-July 31: USA vs. Sweden (4 p.m.)
x-Aug. 2: Canada vs. Sweden (1 p.m.)
x-Aug. 2: USA vs. Finland (4 p.m.)
x-Aug. 3: Sweden vs. Finland (1 p.m.)
x-Aug. 3: Canada vs. USA (4 p.m.)
x-Game on NHL Network