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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Sweden looking to medal after disappointing showing in 2013

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Anton Karlsson - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and 2014 prospect Anton Karlsson competed for Sweden at the 2014 U20 WJC, but will play a bigger role for his country at the 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Last spring, Team Sweden went to Sochi, Russia feeling like a gold medal candidate. After two silver medals in a row and with a line-up chock full of kids who eventually heard their names called at the 2013 NHL Draft, Sweden sent a team into play that didn’t have to hide from anyone.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Canada looking for first gold repeat at U18

by Jason Menard
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Brayden Point - Team Orr

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2014 prospect Brayden Point, shown here playing in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, could be an important offensive contributor for Canada at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The defending IIHF Under-18 World Championship, gold-medal-winning Team Canada has arrived in Finland ready to defend its title with a squad that’s laden with international experience and elite talent.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Host Finland looking to improve on 2013 bronze finish

by Tony Piscotta
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Kasperi Kapanen - Team Finland

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen, shown here playing at the 2013 U18 World Championship, will play for host Finland at the 2014 edition of this tournament (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Finland, the host team for the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, finished fifth in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last summer despite winning three of the four games it played. With a number of key additions — particularly on defense — the U18 team competing in Imatra and Laapenranta should be stronger than the team that skated in Piestany, Slovakia.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Russia roster features several players with North American experience

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Aleksandar Mikulovich - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2014 prospect Aleksandar Mikulovich is one of several players on Russia’s U18 roster that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

After last year's disappointing results, a fourth place finish on home soil, Team Russia will present itself at the U18 World Championship with a good roster that includes many players competing in Canada's major junior leagues. The roster also features a good selection of players playing in Russia, some of them with KHL experience.

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Boston Bruins have several prominent prospects playing in NCAA and Europe

by Richard Murray
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Zane Gothberg - Boston Bruins

Photo: Goaltender Zane Gothberg had a breakout year with North Dakota, posting a 20-10-3 record en route to an appearance in the 2014 Frozen Four. Gothberg was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins have most of their prime prospects playing at the professional level in North America, but there are still a few prominent names that are currently playing in Europe or at the collegiate level.

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Panthers leap over Sabres to land top pick in NHL Draft Lottery

by Ken McKenna
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Bill Daly - 2014 NHL Draft Lottery

Photo: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly holds up the card showing the Florida Panthers as the winner of the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Maybe second is the new first, at least when it comes to the NHL Draft Lottery, the latest of which took place on Tuesday evening. In the prior two lotteries, the 29th-ranked club ended up with the first selection, and that trend held in the 2014 edition as this season's 29th club, the Florida Panthers, ended up walking away with the first selection overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Florida Panthers have diverse, talented group of prospects at college level

by Brian Fogarty
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Evan Cowley - Florida Panthers

Photo: Freshman goaltender Evan Cowley was strong in his limited starts with the University of Denver. Cowley was a backup to starting goaltender Sam Brittain, who is also a Florida Panthers prospect. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has a penchant for college hockey prospects, especially with the flexibility that the current NCAA eligibility rules allow. In fact, the Panthers currently have nearly double the amount of college players in their system than they have in major junior hockey, an anomaly in a league that relies heavily on the CHL for player development.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Strong playoff showing helps Reinhart regain top spot

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Michael Dal Colle - Oshawa Generals

Photo: Oshawa Generals center and 2014 prospect Michael Dal Colle turned in a strong 2013-14 regular season, but is playing at an even higher level in the 2014 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

On the eve of the NHL Draft Lottery, ISS Hockey has released their April ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft. And, as a result of some strong playoff performances by a pair of players, there has been some re-shuffling at the top of the order since the March edition of this list.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Spencer a top defenseman from his OHL draft class but still has work to do

by Chau Vo
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Matt Spencer - Peterborough Petes

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and 2015 prospect Matt Spencer finished the 2014 OHL playoffs with four assists in 11 games for the Petes (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

As the oldest continually operating franchise in the Ontario Hockey League, the Peterborough Petes knew they had to do right by their fans and not miss the playoffs for a fourth year in a row. The Petes and general manager Mike Oke had the third overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection and the opportunity to select a franchise defenseman they could build their team around for the next few years.

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