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2014 WJC Podcast: The story so far from Malmo

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2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, Malmo, Sweden

Photo: The host country for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden, has performed well so far at this WJC, going undefeated in three games including a 5-3 win over Switzerland on opening night (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It has been an interesting 2014 World Junior Championship so far, with one major upset plus a fair amont of offense being generated, albeit with a couple of teams proving to be far more generous than most of the field competing in Malmo, Sweden.

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Role players keeping Monarchs atop AHL as top pro prospects shine in Los Angeles

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Derek Forbort - Manchester Monarchs

Photo: Defenseman Derek Forbort, the Kings 15th overall pick in 2010, is skating in his rookie pro season with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

With the Manchester Monarchs losing four incredibly key players to NHL call-ups, you would expect that the team would struggle this year with a lack of scoring or depth. However, with several new players and old role players stepping up, the Monarchs have remained an incredibly competitive hockey team and sit atop the AHL's Eastern Conference.

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2014 WJC Video: Rasmus Ristolainen, Finland

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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect and current Rochester American Rasmus Ristolainen is taking part in his third U20 World Junior Championship with Finland (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Finland began the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament with a solid win over Norway on Friday, defeating that country 5-1. But their usual nemesis, Sweden, defeated Finland on the third day of the tournament, taking a 4-2 decision from the Finns.

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2014 WJC Video: Esa Lindell, Finland

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Esa Lindell - Team Finland

Photo: Jokerit defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is competing for Finland at the 2014 U20 World Juniors after narrowly missing out on earning a berth on last year’s squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After competing with a more experienced squad at last year's World Junior Championship, a performance that featured decidedly more offense than one might expect from Finland, the Finns entered the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden with a squad that is largely getting their feet wet at the Under-20 level.

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2014 WJC Video: Riley Barber, USA

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Riley Barber - Miami University

Photo: Miami University forward and Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber is currently among the top scorers in NCAA hockey with 28 points in 18 games so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Miami University forward Riley Barber entered the 2014 World Junior Championship viewed not only as an offensive leader for Team USA, but also as the team's overall leader, a point that was driven home when the USA coaching staff named Barber the team captain for this tournament.

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2014 WJC Video: Connor Carrick, USA

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Connor Carrick - Team USA

Photo: Hershey Bears defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Connor Carrick scored his first NHL goal during a 3-game stint with the Capitals at the start of the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Hershey Bears defenseman Connor Carrick has had an eventful season so far in the 2013-14 campaign. He started the season as a 19-year-old NHL rookie, suiting up for the Washington Capitals for three early-season contests. He was then sent to the Bears for more seasoning, where he has appeared in 13 games so far this season.

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2014 WJC Video: Brady Skjei and Jon Gillies, USA

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Brady Skjei - Team USA

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei is playing for his college head coach, Don Lucia, at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team USA successfully began their defense of last year's gold medal at the World Junior Championship with a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic on the first day of the 2014 WJC.

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2014 WJC Video: Andre Burakovsky, Sweden

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Andre Burakovsky - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky should be an offensive catalyst for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Erie Otters have sent a trio of players to this year's World Junior Championship, the most well-known of the three being Team Canada center, Connor McDavid. But Team Sweden sports the other two Otters taking part in this tournament, with one of them being forward Andre Burakovsky.

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Small stature, big numbers for Winnipeg Jets junior prospects

by Charlie Beattie
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Josh Morrissey - Team Canada

Photo: Josh Morrissey, ranked fifth in the WHL in defensive scoring, cracked a deep and talented blue line corps for Team Canada’s WJC entry (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As the top two prospects, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba, move ever closer to graduation status, the Winnipeg Jets organization looks to a younger crop of players for the next wave of draftees to step up. At the junior level, the returns this season have been more than promising.

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2014 WJC Preview: Skilled top line expected to carry Slovakia

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Martin Reway - Gatineau Olympiques

Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Reway will no doubt be a main offensive cog for Slovakia at the 2014 WJC as he is currently scoring at a better than point-per-game pace for the Olympiques this season (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Slovakia had a bit of a rollercoaster ride at the 2013 WJC in Ufa. After a near miss, 3-2 loss to host Russia in the opener, the Slovaks managed to drive Canada crazy with 2-0 and 3-1 leads heading towards the midway mark of the game before ultimately succumbing, 6-3. The team then had more trouble with Germany than it probably should have, tying the game late and winning 2-1 in overtime. This was followed by a 9-3 trouncing at the hands of the USA. The team then won a hard-fought victory over Latvia 5-3 to avoid relegation before getting blown away 11-4 by Finland in a game that had no bearing on the standings for either team.

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