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2014 U18 Relegation Preview: Germany, Denmark looking to avoid relegation

by Chapin Landvogt
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Germany vs. Denmark - World Championship

Photo: Denmark and Germany have met on the international stage on many occasions, and will renew their rivalry at the 2014 U18 World Championship in the best-of-three relegation round (courtesy of JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GettyImages)

As was done at the U20 WJC in Malmo, Sweden this past winter, the relegation round at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship will consist of a best-of-three playoff format. And much like at that WJC, the relegation round will feature Germany facing a Scandinavian country.

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2014 U18 Video: Patrick Kurz, Germany

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Patrick Kurz - Team Germany

Photo: Team Germany defenseman and 2014 prospect Patrick Kurz is serving as one of the assistant captains for the German squad at the 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Germany didn't accomplish their goal of reaching the playoff round at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, and instead will have to beat out Denmark to avoid relegation to a lower level for next year's U18 tournament.

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2014 U18 Video: Sonny Milano, USA

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Sonny Milano - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Sonny Milano is the leading scorer for the U.S. at the 2014 U18 World Championship, having scored two goals and four assists in four games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The U.S. completed the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship as the top team in Group B. Team USA accomplished this feat on the strength of three consecutive wins after an opening loss to Switzerland.

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2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

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Yevgeni Svechnikov - Team Russia

Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), shown here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round.

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2014 U18 Video: Edson Harlacher, Switzerland

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Edson Harlacher - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman and 2014 prospect Edson Harlacher spent the past three seasons in the Kloten organization before heading to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Switzerland notched an early, surprise win at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship but wasn't able to fully capitalize on their upset win over the USA. As a result, they will open the U18 playoff round against the defending gold medalists from Canada.

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2014 U18 Video: Auston Matthews, USA

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Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews competed in 20 USHL games this season, scoring 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points on the season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After dropping their opener at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team USA has strung together three straight wins to finish the preliminary round as the top team in Group B. This could have the U.S. on a collision course with Canada in the gold medal game, which would be a rematch of last year's U18 finale.

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Several Philadelphia Flyers prospects showed strong improvement over 2013-14 season

by Jashvina Shah
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Jason Akeson - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Forward Jason Akeson had a breakout 2013-14 season in the AHL, posting 24 goals and 40 assists in 60 games. Akeson made his NHL playoff debut on April 17th, 2014. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

Some of the Philadelphia Flyers prospects, such as Scott Laughton and Shayne Gostisbehere, used the 2013-14 season to demonstrate continued improvement. For others, including Michael Parks and Taylor Leier, the 2013-14 season served as a breakout year. Other prospects however, like Marcel Noebels, Petr Straka, and Brandon Alderson, struggled while with the Adirondack Phantoms this season.

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2014 U18 Video: Martin Eskildsen, Denmark

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Martin Eskildsen - Team Denmark

Photo: Vojens forward and 2014 prospect Martin Eskildsen has spent parts of the past three seasons playing in Denmark’s top league for the Sønderjyske squad (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Denmark is headed to a relegation round showdown with Germany at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. Both countries were winless in the preliminary round of the tournament, placing those countries at the bottom of their respective groups and on a relegation collision course.

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2014 U18 Video: Alexander True, Denmark

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Alexander True - Team Denmark

Photo: Rungsted forward and 2015 prospect Alexander True saw his first action in Denmark’s top league during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Denmark entered the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship with little hope of avoiding the relegation round, and that is how their tournament has unfolded so far. The Danes have completed their preliminary round slate, losing all four games while being outscored 25-5 in those games.

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