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Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine impressing at World Hockey Championship

The world hockey championship in Russia is giving Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello plenty to think about. Having the No. 1 pick after winning the NHL's draft lottery, Lamoriello is getting a good view of the top two prospects as they play for their respective teams at the tournament

Duo has combined for 10 points in 1st 3 games

Auston Matthews (right) and Patrik Laine (left) are the consensus top two prospects ahead of the NHL draft in June. (Getty Images)

The world hockey championship in Russia is giving Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello plenty to think about.

With the No. 1 pick after winning the NHL's draft lottery, Lamoriello is getting a good view of the top two prospects as they play for their respective teams at the tournament. American Auston Matthews has been the consensus No. 1 pick for most of the NHL season, but Finland's Patrik Laine continues to impress. 

Finland takes down USA at Worlds

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Leo Komarov's goal at 4:16 of the 3rd period was the difference on Monday as Finland defeated team USA 3-2 in round robin play at the 2016 World Hockey Championship in Russia.

The two faced off against each other Monday as Finland beat the U.S., 3-2.  Although Laine's team got the win, the American centre won the head-to-head battle, registering the lone point between the two. Matthews assisted on Frank Vatrano's first-period goal, while Laine was held pointless and was a minus-1. 

Although the two talented prospects combined for only four shots in Monday's game, the duo has shown plenty of skill through the first three games in the tournament. 

Laine has a tournament-leading four goals — including three on the power-play — and is tied for first with six points (4G, 2A). Playing mostly on a line with Florida Panthers forwards Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov, the 18-year-old Finn has scored a few highlight reel goals.

In three games, Matthews has two goals and two assists is tied for eighth in tournament scoring. In Monday's game, he created the turnover off Laine which led to Vatrano's goal.

Matthews started the tournament on a line with Jordan Schroeder and Patrick Maroon, but has played with several different players as head coach John Hynes continues to experiment with different line combinations. 

Despite the line juggling, Matthews has still impressed. 

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