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2014 U18 Video: Jayce Hawryluk, Canada

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Jayce Hawryluk - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2014 prospect Jayce Hawryluk had his draft ranking rise in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft, going from 42 to his current ranking of 37 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Canada didn't get what they came for at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, but they are heading home with some hardware after winning the bronze medal game against Sweden, 3-1. A strong performance in net by Mason McDonald and goals from Brendan Perlini, Lawson Crouse and Travis Konecny were the difference in the game for the Canadians.

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2014 U18 Video: Travis Sanheim, Canada

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Travis Sanheim - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman and 2014 prospect Travis Sanheim (R) is one of three Hitmen players to be ranked among the top 90 prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft by Central Scouting (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Despite the disappointing semi-final loss to the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Canada has turned in a solid effort at this year's tournament. They still have a shot at taking home the bronze medal, but that is small comfort for a country that is used to at least competing for the gold medal at these tournaments.

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2014 U18 Video: Connor Bleackley, Canada

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Connor Bleackley - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and 2014 prospect Connor Bleackley increased his point production 50 points from last season to the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Team Canada's drive for a second consecutive gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship came to an end in their semi-final match against the Czech Republic. Although Canada overcame a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the third period, the Czechs pulled out the 4-3 win in overtime on a goal by David Kase.

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Defensemen, hardworking forwards lead Pittsburgh Penguins prospect awards

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Brian Gibbons - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Forward Brian Gibbons was one of several Penguins prospects to see a substantial amount of NHL time due to injuries. Gibbons finished the 2013-14 season with five goals and 12 assists through 41 NHL games. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The 2013-14 season was a good one for many Pittsburgh Penguins prospects. Over 500 man games lost to injury at the NHL level paved the way for several players, such as Brian Gibbons, Jayson Megna, and Brian Dumoulin, to make their NHL debuts. Several other prospects, like Josh Archibald, Tristan Jarry, and Matt Murray had breakout seasons and elevated their status within the organization.

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2014 U18 Video: David Pastrnak, Czech Republic

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David Pastrnak - Team Czech Republic

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

The Czech Republic survived a Russia penalty shot in overtime, then scored the winning goal to take their quarterfinal match, 3-2, at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. Forward Jakub Vrana provided the heroics, scoring the overtime goal, his second goal of the game, a little over five minutes after Russian forward Yevgeni Svevhnikov missed on his penalty shot opportunity.

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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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