Montreal Canadiens Prospect Artturi Lehkonen Scores Hat Trick At World Jr Tournament

The 2013 World Junior Evaluation Camp got underway on Sunday, and among the most impressive players on day one was Montreal Canadiens Finnish prospect, Artturi Lehkonen.

Finland played a split USA team, referred to as USA Blue, a team that Canadiens prospect Brady Vail suited up for, and Finland emerged the winner, outscoring USA Blue 6-5 in overtime.

Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Michael McCarron poses for a photo after being introduced as the number twenty-five overall pick to the Montreal Canadiens during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Lehkonen, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft, led Finland to the victory, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist, including tying the game with just eleven seconds remaining in regulation.

The camp runs through Saturday, with Team USA Blue, USA White, Canada, Finland and Sweden all taking part.

There are seven Montreal Canadiens prospects playing in the tournament, which is an early look at who will be representing their country at the 2014 World Junior Tournament in December and January.

Lehkonen is skating for Finland, while Sebastien Collberg and Jacob De La Rose are trying out for the Swedish squad. Canadiens first round pick in the 2013 Draft Michael McCarron joins Vail as a potential American member of the World Junior Team that will be defending its Gold Medal from the 2013 event, and Charles Hudon and goaltender Zach Fucale will play for the Canadian entry at the exhibition tournament.

Topics: 2013 NHL Draft, 2014 World Juniors, Artturi Lehkonen, Montreal Canadiens

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