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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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2014 U18 Video: Travis Konecny, Canada

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Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67′s forward and 2015 prospect Travis Konecny was named OHL Rookie of the Month four times in 2013-14 on his way to being named the OHL’s Rookie of the Year (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Forward Travis Konecny is one of a handful of Team Canada youngsters getting a taste of IIHF U18 World Championship action at an earlier age than might normally be the case. While many of the players taking part in this tournament are in their draft year, Konecny won't be eligible for the draft until the 2014-15 season.

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2014 U18 Video: Brendan Perlini, Canada

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Brendan Perlini - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and 2014 prospect Brandan Perlini is ranked 8th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s finla rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

So far, so good for Canada at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship as they've started the tournament with a couple of wins. Their opening win came against Sweden, a solid 3-1 triumph that got the Canadiens off on the right foot in defense of their 2013 gold medal.

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2014 U18 Video: Jake Virtanen and Matt Barzal, Canada

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Matt Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Matt Barzal is one of a handful of players on Team Canada’s U18 squad that are still more than a year away from potentially having their named called at the NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Team Canada opened the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship with a well earned 3-1 win over Sweden. The Canadians are looking to successfully defend the gold medal that they won in Sochi last year at this tournament.

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Defensemen lead New Jersey Devils 2013-14 prospect awards

by John Iadevaia
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Ryan Kujawinski - New Jersey Devils

Photo: When healthy, Ryan Kujawinski was very productive for the Kingston Frontenacs. Kujawinski was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

With the 2013-14 NHL regular season drawing to a close, it is time to hand out some hardware. For the New Jersey Devils, it was another good season for many prospects. From Albany's rookie class spearheading the team's postseason run, to the success of many collegiate players, as well as Graham Black's stellar year, and the emergence of Miles Wood.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: USA should challenge for a medal

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Jack Glover - Team USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Glover has been a participant in the NTDP program the past couple of seasons, and is committed to attend the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

For USA Hockey, the IIHF U18 World Championship has become the ultimate opportunity to show its teeth and what the program has achieved. The team has been medaling for years and is coming off a disappointing loss to Canada in last spring’s gold medal game, one in which it outshot its northern neighbors, 35-12. This year’s squad is once again heading to the tournament with gold ambitions in mind, but will be looking a bit different than in years past.

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