Betting on 2022 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Betting on the 2022 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship will take place in Canada. Futures on what country will take him the gold medal are the first market to open for betting. Once the games start on December 26, World Junior hockey odds are available on every game until the final on January 5.,0/-/resize/1020x/-/format/jpeg/-/format/auto/-/quality/lightest/-/stretch/off/,0/-/resize/1020x/-/format/jpeg/-/format/auto/-/quality/lightest/-/stretch/off/,0/-/resize/1020x/-/format/jpeg/-/format/auto/-/quality/lightest/-/stretch/off/,0/-/format/jpeg/-/format/auto/-/quality/lightest/-/stretch/off/-/resize/1020x/
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World Junior Hockey Betting Odds

World Junior hockey betting odds are open on what country will take home the gold in 2021. Canada won the competition last year and will likely start as the favourites to win it this year. Alongside Canada are Russia, the United States and Sweden, which make up the top-teams that oddsmakers at online sportsbooks will post as favourites to win. The odds were last updated on January 11, 2021:

2022 World Juniors winners odds
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Full Schedule For Group Stage

The World Juniors Hockey Championships 2021 schedule is set for the Group Stage. See odds and times for upcoming games below, with the playoff round populating once the group stage concludes on New Year’s Eve. Also, continue reading below for more useful information for betting on odds for the World Junior Hockey Championship, or check out our World Junior betting predictions.

Group A

December 26: GER vs CAN
December 27: FIN vs SUI, SLOV vs CAN
December 28: SLOV vs GER
December 29: CAN vs SUI
December 30: FIN vs SLOV, SUI vs GER
December 31: CAN vs FIN

Group B

December 25: RUS vs USA

December 26: SWE vs CRO, USA vs AUS
December 27: CZE vs RUS
December 28: AUS vs SWE
December 29: USA vs CZE, AUS vs RUS
December 30: RUS vs SWE
December 31: CZE vs AUS, SWE vs USA

Groups at the 2021 World Juniors

Ten countries are divided into Group A and Group the annual hockey tournament every year.

  • Group A includes Canada (2020 Winners), Finland (2019 winners), Switzerland, Slovakia, and Germany.
  • Group B includes Russia, Swede, Czech Republic, United States, and Austria. 

Canada U20 Odds and Schedule

The first game will be Canada vs Germany on Boxing Day. They follow up with a game against Slovakia on December 27, before closing out with games against Switzerland and Finland on December 29 and 31.

Canada should advance to the playoff round. Since 1996, when the tournament changed to include a playoff round following the round-robin, Canada has advanced out of the preliminaries every year.

Results / FixturesCanada U20

Best Games to Watch and Wager 

The Group Stage at the 2020 World Juniors offers some intriguing matches for betting. A few games are worth focusing on in the Group Stage, including the much-anticipated renewal of the Canada-U.S.A rivalry.  

Canada vs. United States 

The United States was knocked out by Finland back in the 2020 competition, meaning the teams didn't mean in the Playoffs. This year, the only option for these two teams to meet is during the knockout stages, as they are in separate groups. This is the rivalry we all want to see, as both nations look to prove a point to themselves and the rest of the world. 


"Italy vs. Ukraine at 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Division I (16)" by Visem is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0


Canada vs Finland – December 31

One of the more surprising results at last year’s tournament was the semi-final matchup between Canada and Finland, which saw the Finns take a 5-0 hammering and get knocked out. Things haven't changed much this year in terms of rankings, as Finland comes into the competition considered a top team, but will they have enough to stop the quality of the Canadian Junior side?

When the Group Stage Ends

The Group Stage of the tournament lasts from December 26 to December 31. Throughout the Group Stage, there are between four games per day across both groups, with games taking place at 12:00, 16:00, and 19:30.

Best U20 Players in the 2021 Tournament

Every year, hockey fans around the world get a chance to see the best U20 hockey players in the world compete for their country. The tournament is rife with future NHL stars, and this year is no exception. Below is a list of the brightest names in this year’s competition. Expect to see them amongst the favourites on hockey betting props to win the tournament’s MVP.

Alexis Lafreniere, Left Wing, Canada

After being selected to the New York Rangers, Alexis Lafreniere is hungry to retain Canada's medal going into the 2021 competition. Lafreniere was crowned MVP at last year’s tournament but is unlikely to make an appearance in the 2021 event.

Lafreniere is set up to have a monster year and it would be good to get things going with the IIHF Juniors. He is continuing to develop but would make all the difference here. We hope to see his participation either in camp or once Team Canada enters the bubble.

Marco Rossi, Austria

Recently drafted into the Minnesota Wild's roster, this exceptional player is able to find space both on and off the puck. He's the David Silva of Ice Hockey, moving seamlessly between attack and midfield. He's able to play in the most high-traffic and highly sensitive areas on the ice. 

He's rarely touched as he plays his game this way, which is of great value considering he's a younger player. Given Rossi an opportunity and he'll ruthlessly exploit it. Look out for him to light things up at the tournament this year, as he puts in a lot of work supporting the defence and offence. 

Jake Sanderson, USA

Sanderson plays for the Ottawa Senators as a winger and looks to be a very exciting young prospect. He has an excellent choice of passes and can play off of both wings, with the ability to prevent breakouts from opposing teams. 

He will be important for the USA and can cause trouble if he has time on the puck. He's smart, physical and has that creative flair we often see in the new generation of players coming into the big leagues. He's defensive sound and comprehensively covers all bases, so expect him to be at the core of this USA team.

Tim Stuetzle, Germany

Stuetzle is an offensive forward for the Senators, with a broad range of abilities and one of the top European players for his age. He has first-rate handling and isn't afraid to take players on. 

He's firstly a goalscorer and causes the opposing team's defences a nightmare. He's a natural skater and finds space well on the ice as he skips around with a quick change of pace and excellent foot-speed. He doesn't have a slight build, but he still needs to bulk up if he wants to compete properly in the NHL. He'll be an important player for Germany this tournament. 


"Italy vs. Ukraine at 2020 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships" by Visem is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0


How Many Teams Move On?

Eight of the ten teams in the Group Stage advance to the Quarterfinals of the tournament. The Quarterfinals all take place on January 2, 2020. It is a single-elimination tournament once it reaches the playoff round, with the higher two seeds from Group A playing the lower two seeds in Group B, and vice-versa on the other side of the bracket. The tournament ends with the Gold Medal game on January 5.

How does Relegation Work?

The two countries that finish at the bottom of their groups play against each other to avoid relegation. The countries play two games for relegation, with the loser sent down to the Division I World Junior tournament (replacing the 2021 winner).

Prop Betting Options on the World Juniors

Once each roster is finalized, typically only done a few days before the start of the tournament, more World Junior hockey prop betting odds open for betting. Popular options to beat include where teams will finish in their standings, how far they will go in the tournament, what players will lead the tournament in goals and who will take home tournament MVP.

NHL Draft Betting

Watching the tournament is a great way to gain some insight into the top picks at the NHL Draft. The top two picks in the 2020 NHL Draft were Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield.  If you watch the 2020 World Juniors, it will help your 2021 NHL Draft betting.