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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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2014 U18 Video: Brandon Fortunato, USA

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Brandon Fortunato - Team USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2014 prospect Brandon Fortunato totaled 17 points in 26 games along with a +23 rating for the NTDP squad competing in the USHL during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Although not as heralded as some of his defensive mates on Team USA's squad competing at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, defenseman Brandon Fortunato has been an effective player for the NTDP squad during the 2013-14 season.

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2014 U18 Video: Alex Tuch, USA

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Alex Tuch - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Alex Tuch has been an offensive force for the NTDP squad competing in the USHL, notching 32 points in 26 games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team USA likely entered the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship knowing they would face difficult opponents over the course of the tournament. But it is likely that they didn't expect a major challenge, let alone a tough loss, in their opening contenst against Switzerland.

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Nashville Predators have junior prospects spread out across four leagues

by Peter Prohaska
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Jonathan Diaby - Victoriaville Tigres

Photo: Defenseman Jonathan Diaby finished as one of Victoriaville’s top-10 scorers despite appearing in only 38 regular season games in 2013-14 due to injuries (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Nashville has branded itself a franchise that plays a hard-hitting, battle-ready style of hockey. Finding players in this preferred style seems to rely heavily on scouts' ability to read intangibles in these young men.

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