As odd as it may seem, Canada’s 8-0 blowout win over Denmark continued to highlight the importance of one of the team’s least productive offensive players. Defenceman Conor Timmins did have an assist in the victory, which allowed Canada to clinch first place in Group A at the world junior championship. But it was the 23:08 of effective ice time he skated while Canada’s defence corps was short-handed that once again proved his worth. “Coming into this I thought I would earn a pretty big opportunity. But when guys go down you have to be ready to step up,” Timmins said. “I’m just focused on my game and doing what I can when I’m called upon. It’s been going well so far.” Timmins played mostly the left side on a pair with fellow right-hander Cal Foote in the third period as Dante Fabbro and Victor Mete were given a reprieve. Fabbro, who’s seen limited minutes while battling a foot injury suffered before the tournament, didn’t play in either of the final two periods. Coach Dominique Ducharme said he wanted to make sure both players were healthy for the quarter-final and didn’t want to “expose” them given the lopsided score. He believes all seven defencemen will be 100 per cent for the elimination contest on Tuesday. But, on Saturday, that meant it was just another night at the office for the Timmins, who’s proven to be a capable and steady hand.
Conor Timmins prospering with increased role on Canada’s blue line
Sportsnet | Dec 31