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2014 U18 Video: Kasperi Kapanen, Finland

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Kasperi Kapanen - Team Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen saw his first extensive action in the Liiga, Finland’s top league, in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland saw their dreams of winning gold on home ice come to an end at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. The Finns drew Sweden, the country they defeated in the gold medal game of the U20 torunament a few months back, in their quarterfinal match at the U18. Sweden, the host team of that U20, obviously hadn't forgotten that loss as they posted a 10-0 win over Finland to move on to the semi-finals and end the Finns' tournament.

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2014 U18 Video: Waltteri Hopponen, Finland

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Waltteri Hopponen - Team Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2014 prospect Waltteri Hopponen began the season with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, but was released once Mirco Mueller returned to the Silvertips from the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The host country for the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Finland, was no doubt hoping to repeat the gold medal performance of that country's U20 squad's win in January at the 2014 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship that was held in Malmo, Sweden.

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2014 U18 Video: Kevin Fiala, Switzerland

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Kevin Fiala - Team Switzerland

Photo: Switzerland forward and 2014 prospect Kevin Fiala is ranked third among European skaters by Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft, an upward move of eight places from his midterm ranking (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Switzerland brought a team to the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship that competed hard, but in the end didn't have quite enough talent to carry them beyond the quarterfinals. The Swiss fell to Canada in their playoff contest, 3-2, with Canada scoring the winning goal with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

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2014 U18 Video: William Nylander, Sweden

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William Nylander - Team Sweden

Photo: Sweden forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander is making his case at the U18 tournament for being the top European prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, a distinction given by Central Scouting to Finland’s Kasperi Kapanen (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Heading into the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, there was little doubt that Sweden forward William Nylander would be one of the more high profile players at this tournament. But it is doubtful that many expected the slick forward to turn the tournament into his own personal playground.

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2014 U18 Video: Jakub Vrana, Czech Republic

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Jakub Vrana - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Czech Republic forward and 2014 prospect Jakub Vrana is ranked fourth among European skaters by Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The Czech Republic came to the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship believing that they had a squad capable of bringing home a medal, maybe even a golden one. So far, so good for the Czechs as they advanced to the U18 semi-finals with a 3-2 overtime win over Russia in one of four quarterfinal matches that took place on Thursday.

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2014 U18 Video: Gustav Forsling, Sweden

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Gustav Forsling - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and 2014 prospect Gustav Forsling is ranked 25th among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden headed into the playoff round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Chapionship looking like a confident, determined team. But few would have predicted the blowout win the Swedes inflicted on neighbor and rival, Finland, in the teams' quarterfinal matchup.

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2014 U18 Video: Noah Hanifin, USA

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Noah Hanifin - Team USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2015 prospect Noah Hanifin is presently committed to attend Boston College starting in 2015, but has also been drafted by the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The U.S. squad is sporting some top talent at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, not only for the 2014 draft year but also for 2015 and 2016. One of the top talents of any of the coming draft years competing for the U.S. is defenseman Noah Hanifin.

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2014 U18 Video: Ivan Nikolishin, Russia

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Ivan Nikolishin - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Everett Silvertips forward and 2014 prospect Ivan Nikolishin finished the 2014 U18 World Championship fourth in scoring on Team Russia’s roster (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Russia's roster at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship included nine players that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season. One of that North American contingent was forward Ivan Nikolishin, son of former NHL forward Andrei Nikolishin.

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McGinn, defensemen top awards list for Carolina Hurricanes prospects

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Brock McGinn - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Forward Brock McGinn had a strong 2013-14 season in the OHL, posting 43 goals and 42 assists in 58 games. McGinn was selected 47th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Despite five straight years without a postseason bid, the Carolina Hurricanes do have some light at the end of the tunnel. The team's NHL roster boasted several players 25 or younger, plus several of Carolina's junior and collegiate prospects had good seasons.

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Transition year pushes Los Angeles King prospects in a strong 2013-14 season

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Tanner Pearson - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: The Hardest Worker award went to Kings winger Tanner Pearson, who skated in his first 25 career regular season NHL games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The Los Angeles Kings had several standout performances this year from the NCAA to the NHL. It was a pivotal transition year for many different players, and it appears that they were indeed ready to step up to the next level.

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