Final Look At New Jersey Devils Prospects At World Junior Championships

EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 05: The United States team celebrates its victory over Canada during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game at Rogers Place on January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 05: The United States team celebrates its victory over Canada during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game at Rogers Place on January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /
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Patrick Moynihan #19 of the United States. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Team USA – Patrick Moynihan

It probably feels weird starting with a fourth liner when there were so many stars in this tournament, but Patrick Moynihan is the only Devils prospect that leaves the tournament with a gold medal. He’s also one that has a higher profile than he had coming in. Moynihan is a tweener prospect at this point in his development. He currently plays for Providence College, where he’s only played two games this season.

However, he played a pivotal role for Team USA. As a fourth liner changing the pace, his role would change as the team needed him. If the goal was to keep the other team off the board, Moynihan might have more time. The Americans needed to keep Canada off the board in the gold medal game, and Moynihan ended up playing close to 12 minutes of ice time.

Moynihan did deal with an injury that led to him missing a game. That’s unfortunate, but his presence on the roster was always as an extra body who can do the little things. He only scored two points in the tournament. He comes in to lay out another player, keep the other team off the board, add in offense when he can, and try to impact the game in ways that aren’t seen in a box score.

Moynihan gutted it out after taking a hit in a game against Austria, and he would not be denied his chance to win a gold medal. His stock is higher than it’s been since he joined the Devils organization, and it all stems from his performance in this tournament.