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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vili Saarijarvi, Finland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vili Saarijarvi, Finland

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi is among the top 20 offensive defensemen in the OHL, where he plays for the Flint Firebirds (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Finland heads into their New Year’s Eve showdown with the Czech Republic with the wind at their backs after defeating Slovakia by an 8-3 score. The Finns, who often experience offensive woes at the IIHF World Junior Championship, have had no problems in that department on their home ice as they lead all countries in scoring with 18 goals heading into the final day of the preliminary round. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Olli Juolevi and Roope Hintz, Finland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Olli Juolevi and Roope Hintz, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho reaches between Slovakian players to score one of his two goals in Finland’s 8-3 win over Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The host country for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Team Finland, received an early scare from Slovakia before taking control of a game that ended with an 8-3 win for the Finns at Hartwall Arena, in Helsinki, Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: David Pastrnak and Simon Stransky, Czech Republic

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: David Pastrnak and Simon Stransky, Czech Republic

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2016 prospect Simon Stransky netted the opening goal for the Czech Republic in their 5-3 win over Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

With host Finland on the docket for a New Year’s Eve showdown, Team Czech Republic could ill afford to lose to a lesser team like Belarus if they wanted to stay ahead of their Group B counterpart while also maintaining a chance to win the group outright. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vadim Malinovski, Belarus

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vadim Malinovski, Belarus

Photo: Belarus goaltender Ivan Kulbakov goes into the boards with Czech Republic forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Michael Spacek during the Czech Republic’s 5-3 win over Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Perhaps there was no other outcome for Team Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, that outcome being a date with Switzerland in the relegation round of this tournament. The Belarusians haven’t played badly at this WJC, but nevertheless find themselves fighting to avoid a return to Division 1A at the U20 level. Read more »

Wild variance among Carolina Hurricanes junior prospects

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Wild variance among Carolina Hurricanes junior prospects

Photo: Callum Booth made 36 stops to lead the Remparts to a shutout win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on December 18th.(Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

It is the nature of developing prospects to go through ups and downs. Such is the case for the Carolina Hurricanes’ stable of junior hockey prospects. Some are showing the growth and improvement an organization would hope for in a future pro, while others are struggling to find footing or even showing some regression. Read more »

Winnipeg Jets struggling farm still loaded with top-notch prospects

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Winnipeg Jets struggling farm still loaded with top-notch prospects

Photo: Winnipeg’s number one defense prospect, Josh Morrissey, has struggled to put up points in his rookie AHL season, but sits second on the team in shots on goal (courtesy of Graig Abel Collection/Getty Images)

 

Making the playoffs last season for the first time since 2006-07 — when the franchise played in Atlanta and was known as the Thrashers — the Winnipeg Jets appear to have things heading in the right direction: with several young prospects working their way into roles in the NHL lineup.

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Joe Hicketts and Travis Sanheim, Canada

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Joe Hicketts and Travis Sanheim, Canada

Photo: Team Canada defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Sanheim is having another good offensive season with the Calgary Hitmen, posting eight goals and 31 points in 24 games in the 2015-16 WHL campaign (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada earned a hard-fought win over a pesky squad from Switzerland that was desperate to earn a win after having dropped their first two games of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Tournament. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Dylan Strome, Canada

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Dylan Strome, Canada

Photo: Team Canada players Thomas Chabot (L), Dylan Strome (C), and Jake Virtanen (R) celebrate Strome’s first period goal against Switzerland in Canada’s 3-2 shootout win over the Swiss at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

After splitting their first two games of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Team Canada was given a good scare by Switzerland on Day 4 of the tournament, with the Swiss taking Canada to a shootout before captain Brayden Point (TBL) and Mathew Barzal (NYI) netted shootout markers to give Canada the win. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Maxim Lazarev, Russia

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Maxim Lazarev, Russia

Photo: Team Russia forward and 2016 prospect Maxim Lazarev is having another productive season in the QMJHL with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, posting 18 goals and 42 points in 30 games so far in 2015-16 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Russia has been nearly perfect at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with the only “blemish” being a shootout win over the Czech Republic on the opening day of the tournament. They continued their roll through the preliminary round on Day 4 of this WJC, defeating Belarus 4-1 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Strome, Nedeljkovic shine at World Juniors, Myers uses his head

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Prospect Impressions: Strome, Nedeljkovic shine at World Juniors, Myers uses his head

Photo: Team Canada forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome is once again among the scoring leaders in the OHL, with Strome having posted 16 goals and 53 points in 25 games for the Erie Otters in 2015-16 (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship is underway in Helsinki, Finland, and there are a number of developing storylines. Dylan Strome and the Canadian squad rebounded following a loss to Alex Nedeljkovic and the United States, and both players find their way in the this week’s Prospect Impressions. Joining them are Louke Oakley and Sergei Mozyakin with a pair of beauties from Europe, while Tyler Myers and Kevin Shattenkirk prevent goals in unique fashion. Read more »

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