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Watch: Celebrini scores a beauty, picks up five points in world juniors win

North Vancouver's Macklin Celebrini leads the world juniors with six points through the first two days of action

It didn’t take long for North Vancouver’s Macklin Celebrini to climb to the top of the leaderboard at the world junior hockey championships.

The North Vancouver 17-year-old, regarded by most as the favourite to be chosen first overall in the 2024 NHL draft, picked up five points in a 10-0 win for Canada over Latvia Wednesday in Sweden, giving him six points through the first two games of the tournament.

Celebrini’s big day included a highlight-reel goal, his second of the tournament, that gave Canada a 5-0 lead midway through the second period. Check out the smooth skating as he receives the breakaway pass followed by a sweet dangle to finish on the backhand:

Celebrini also showed off his skill in setting up teammates on his way to four assists, including this beauty on a goal from Brayden Yager:

Canada is off to a strong start to the tournament with Wednesday’s drubbing of Latvia following a 5-2 win over Finland to open the event on Boxing Day.

Canada will end pool play by facing Sweden on Dec. 29 and Germany on New Year’s Eve. The quarterfinals are schedule for Jan. 2, with semifinals Jan. 4 and final Jan. 5. All of Canada’s games can be seen on TSN.