By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Black and Gold's second-round loss to the Lightning turned out to be Team USA's gain, as Charlie McAvoy helped propel the Americans to bronze at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark.
And look a lot like the real McAvoy in the process.
In six games with Team USA, the 20-year-old McAvoy put up three goals and nine points, tying him with the Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara for the most points in the tournament by a defenseman. Nutivaara, by the way, played in two more games than McAvoy.
It's in line with the results No. 73 posted in a losing effort in the second round, too, with one goal and four points in five games against the Bolts.
It was the fifth time McAvoy had represented the U.S. in international play, and the second straight time he suited up at the World Championship. McAvoy won gold at the 2017 World Junior Championship (and was named the title game's MVP). McAvoy also captured gold at the 2015 U-18 World Championship and bronze at the 2016 World Junior Championship.
The 14th overall pick in 2016, McAvoy recorded seven goals and 32 points, and proved to be a dynamic fit with Zdeno Chara on the B's top pairing in 63 games this past season, and is entering the final year of his three-year entry-level contract.
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