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2014 WJC Video: Nick Sorensen, Sweden

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Nick Sorensen - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nick Sorensen is one of 11 returning players from Sweden’s 2013 World Junior roster taking part in this year’s event (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Injuries the past couple of seasons have limited Sweden forward Nick Sorensen's time on the ice. But, the Anaheim Ducks prospect has managed to stay healthy this season, and is taking part in his second consecutive U20 World Junior Championship.

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2014 WJC Video: Gustav Olofsson, Sweden

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Gustav Olofsson - Colorado College

Photo: Colorado College defenseman and Minnesota Wild prospect Gustav Olofsson (#13) has been effective for the Tigers in his freshman year in that program (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

While a majority of the players on the roster for Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship were plucked directly from that country, there is a handful of Swedes that are plying their trade in North America. One such player is defenseman Gustav Olofsson, a Minnesota Wild prospect who is currently playing NCAA hockey for Colorado College.

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Phoenix Coyotes prospects Gormley and Miele shine for Portland

by Pat Paeplow
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Chris Brown - Phoenix Coyotes

Photo: Chris Brown has been one of the top forwards for the Portland Pirates in 2013-14, which has earned him time with the NHL club (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Legal squabbles between the Board of Trustees of Portland, Maine’s Cumberland County Civic Center and the ownership group of their primary tenant, the Portland Pirates, have relegated the team to the northern reaches of Maine for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, on the ice, the Phoenix Coyotes AHL affiliate finds themselves in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings.

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2014 WJC Video: Elias Lindholm, Sweden

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Elias Lindholm - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: In 2013-14, Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm has spent time with the big club as well as the Hurricanes AHL farm team, the Charlotte Checkers (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The 2014 edition of Sweden's World Junior Championship team sports an impressive amount of talent, although perhaps not quite on a par with the team that won the WJC in Calgary two years ago. But this year's team is meeting expectations so far as they have crafted a perfect record through three tournament games.

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2014 WJC Video: Markus Eisenschmid and Fabio Wagner, Germany

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Fabio Wagner - Team Germany

Photo: EV Landshut defenseman is competing in his first U20 World Junior Championship for Germany (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Heading into their fourth and final match of the 2014 World Junior Championship's preliminary round, Germany needed to reverse their trend of the first three games in which they surrendered copious amounts of goals to the opposition. And reverse it they did, as the Germans notched a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic to at least give themselves a shot at avoiding the relegation round.

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2014 WJC Video: Marvin Cupper, Germany

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Marvin Cupper - Team Germany

Photo: Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Marvin Cupper is a veteran of Germany’s World Junior team, having played in the U18 version twice, and now appearing in his second U20 WJC with his participation at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Germany headed into their Monday match-up with the Czech Republic with three lopsided losses to show for their 2014 World Junior Championship efforts to date. Added to that, they were entering the contest without their best player, Leon Draisaitl, who was suspended for one game.

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Minnesota Wild calling upon minor league prospects in 2013-14

by Peter Prohaska
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Erik Haula - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Rookie pro Erik Haula already has 10 NHL games under his belt in 2013-14. He is currently with the AHL’s Iowa Wild, where he leads the team with 16 points in 22 games this season (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

As the Minnesota Wild goes through periods of unforeseeable injury and head-smacking offensive inability, several burgeoning talents from the Iowa squad have stepped up into NHL roles.

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Stacked minor league system paying off for Columbus Blue Jackets

by Richard Greco
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Sean Collins - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Winger Sean Collins is one of several big-bodied forwards in the Blue Jackets system. Collins was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

The Springfield Falcons, the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets, are once again fielding a strong group of players and are at the top of the AHL's Northeast Division. Springfield is loaded with NHL quality prospects, many of whom have already seen some time in Columbus.

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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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