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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

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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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Burakovsky and Bowey highlight Washington Capitals’ crop of junior prospects

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Chandler Stephenson - Washington Capitals

Photo: Chandler Stephenson is one of several offensively gifted forwards in the Washington Capitals prospect pool. Stephenson was selected in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Over the past few seasons, Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee has shown a tendency towards drafting European and college-bound prospects. As a result, the Capitals only have eight prospects competing in the junior ranks, three of which are developing in the USHL before making the jump to college hockey.

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2014 WJC Video: Jake Paterson, Canada

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Jake Paterson - Team Canada

Photo: Saginaw Spirit goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson received the starting nod for Team Canada in the opening game of the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Canada entered the 2014 World Junior Championship with a bit of a cloud hanging over the goaltending position. Recent WJC's have produced a mixed bag of goaltending performances for that country, a failing that has been pointed to as a main reason for Canada's relative lack of recent success at a tournament that they have dominated more often than not over the years.

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2014 WJC Video: Sam Reinhart, Canada

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Sam Reinhart - Kootenay Ice

Photo: Kootenay Ice captain and 2014 draft prospect Sam Reinhart is one of two players on Canada’s 2014 WJC roster that is eligible for this year’s NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While most of the Team Canada squad taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship is made up of players drafted by NHL clubs, there is a couple of exceptions on this year's roster. One of those exceptions is forward Sam Reinhart, who plays for the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.

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2014 WJC Video: Anthony Mantha, Canada

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Anthony Mantha - Team Canada

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the scoring hero for Canada on Day 1 of the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Canada opened the 2014 World Junior Championship with an offensive display, posting a 7-2 victory over Germany. 12 different Canadian players made the scoresheet in this game, the most prominent being forward Anthony Mantha, who potted a hat trick in the win.

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