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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

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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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2014 U18 Video: Vaclav Karabacek and Lukas Vopelka, Czech Republic

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Vaclav Karabacek - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and 2014 prospect Vaclav Karabacek turned in a solid rookie season in the QMJHL, scoring 21 goals and adding 26 assists for 47 points in 65 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The Czech Republic has so far had a bit of a mixed bag at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, but they are very much in the mix to battle for a medal. After three games, the Czechs have five points off a regulation win, an shootout win, and a loss that places them fourth in Group B.

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2014 U18 Video: Andreas Eder, Germany

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Andreas Eder - Team Germany

Photo: EC Bad Tolz forward and 2014 prospect Andreas Eder is ranked 105th among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship for Germany has so far been a disappointment. While there was little expectation that the Germans would take home a medal, that country was nevertheless hoping to make a good showing and at least take part in the playoff round.

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Top prospects’ graduations cause shakeup of Winnipeg Jets Top 20

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Nicolas Petan - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks’ center Nicolas Petan is the top forward prospect in the Jets spring Top 20 list, trailing only defenseman Josh Morrissey for the top spot (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The two names that have dominated this list for the past few seasons, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba, have moved on to become key figures in the present setup for the Winnipeg Jets, causing somewhat of a shakeup to the rest of the list.

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2014 U18 Video: Marcus Pettersson, Sweden

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Marcus Pettersson - Team Sweden

Photo: Skelleftea defenseman and 2014 prospect Marcus Pettersson is ranked 10th among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden has produced some talented defensemen for the NHL Draft in recent years. And, though the 2014 crop of defenders may not be as talented as more recent groups, there is still some good talent that will be available for the 2014 NHL Draft in June.

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2014 U18 Video: Adrian Kempe, Sweden

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Adrian Kempe - Team Sweden

Photo: MODO Hockey forward and 2014 prospect Adrian Kempe has been a productive player in international play over the past three seasons, totaling 54 points in 41 games for Sweden during that period (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden is looking to improve upon their performance at last year's IIHF U18 World Championship after failing to medal at that event. Sweden has arrived as one of the top hockey countries, so missing out on a medal in Sochi had to be a major disappointment.

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