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Thomas Chabot wins IIHF World Junior Championship MVP award

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He becomes the first defenceman ever to win the honour

Canada v Czech Republic - Quarterfinal -  2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

It’s official: the Ottawa Senators have a stud prospect. Despite Team Canada losing to the US in a shootout in the gold medal game of the World Juniors, Thomas Chabot was named tournament MVP. He finished with an ice time of 43:53 in the final game, after playing more than 27 minutes the day before. He also finished the tournament with four goals and six assists, easily pacing defencemen. He became the first defenceman ever to win the award, since 2002 when the IIHF started awarding a tournament MVP.

Sens fans will also be excited to note than Colin White of the US finished second in the tournament for goals with seven. White and Chabot often got into battles during the games, but hugged it out after Canada got their medals, suggesting that the two are excited to play together in the NHL. Fans also saw strong showings from prospects Jonathan Dahlen (five goals), Filip Chlapik (two goals and an assist), and Filip Ahl (three assists). GM Pierre Dorion may not have been exaggerating when he said this was the best World Juniors ever for Sens prospects.

Chabot is not eligible to return to the NHL this season after being returned to the QMJHL, but White is rumoured to be coming over once his college season has finished.