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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Sebastian Aho and Julius Nattinen, Finland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Sebastian Aho and Julius Nattinen, Finland

Photo: Team Finland players Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrik Laine, Julius Nattinen, Sebastian Aho and Olli Juolevi celebrate a goal by Puljujarvi in Finland’s 5-4 win over the Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

They gave the hometown faithful some anxious moments on the final day of the preliminary round at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, but Team Finland managed to pull out a win over the Czech Republic with two late goals to seal the 5-4 victory and a playoff round encounter with the defending WJC champs from Canada. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Filip Lestan, Slovakia

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Filip Lestan, Slovakia

Photo: Team Russia goaltender Alexander Georgiev, shown here playing for TPS Turku, has been an important part of his country’s run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the Russians have given up just seven goals in four games (courtesy of Duesseldorfer EG/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Team Slovakia put up a good battle, but Team Russia was able to hang on to defeat the Slovaks by a 2-1 score on the final day of the preliminary round at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win for the Russians sends them to a quarterfinal matchup with Denmark, while Slovakia has the uneviable task of facing off against what might be the best country at this year’s tournament, Sweden. Read more »

New Jersey Devils prospects form admirable attack in Albany

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New Jersey Devils prospects form admirable attack in Albany

Photo: Kirkland Lake, Ontario native Ryan Kujawinski has six points in 22 games during his rookie season with the Albany Devils. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

There were low expectations for the New Jersey Devils entering the 2015-16 season. With a core of returning players that struggled to generate offense last season, along with a new head coach and his system, there was likely to be some adjustment period. Now, the Devils are in the playoff hunt battling for a wild card spot. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Ryan Donato, USA

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Ryan Donato, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato has been a productive player in his freshman season at Harvard, posting four goals and nine points in 10 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

While Team USA turned in a stellar offensive effort in their 10-1 win over Switzerland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, they can’t rest on their laurels as they head into the final day of the preliminary round in Helsinki, Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Matthew Tkachuk and Christian Dvorak, USA

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Matthew Tkachuk and Christian Dvorak, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is leading the way on offense for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with six points in three games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

After running into a hot goaltender in their 1-0 loss to Sweden in the previous game, Team USA had no such troubles in their match against Switzerland as they romped to a 10-1 win over the Swiss on Day 5 of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vili Saarijarvi, Finland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vili Saarijarvi, Finland

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi is among the top 20 offensive defensemen in the OHL, where he plays for the Flint Firebirds (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Finland heads into their New Year’s Eve showdown with the Czech Republic with the wind at their backs after defeating Slovakia by an 8-3 score. The Finns, who often experience offensive woes at the IIHF World Junior Championship, have had no problems in that department on their home ice as they lead all countries in scoring with 18 goals heading into the final day of the preliminary round. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Olli Juolevi and Roope Hintz, Finland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Olli Juolevi and Roope Hintz, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho reaches between Slovakian players to score one of his two goals in Finland’s 8-3 win over Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The host country for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Team Finland, received an early scare from Slovakia before taking control of a game that ended with an 8-3 win for the Finns at Hartwall Arena, in Helsinki, Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: David Pastrnak and Simon Stransky, Czech Republic

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: David Pastrnak and Simon Stransky, Czech Republic

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2016 prospect Simon Stransky netted the opening goal for the Czech Republic in their 5-3 win over Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

With host Finland on the docket for a New Year’s Eve showdown, Team Czech Republic could ill afford to lose to a lesser team like Belarus if they wanted to stay ahead of their Group B counterpart while also maintaining a chance to win the group outright. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vadim Malinovski, Belarus

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vadim Malinovski, Belarus

Photo: Belarus goaltender Ivan Kulbakov goes into the boards with Czech Republic forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Michael Spacek during the Czech Republic’s 5-3 win over Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Perhaps there was no other outcome for Team Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, that outcome being a date with Switzerland in the relegation round of this tournament. The Belarusians haven’t played badly at this WJC, but nevertheless find themselves fighting to avoid a return to Division 1A at the U20 level. Read more »

Wild variance among Carolina Hurricanes junior prospects

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Wild variance among Carolina Hurricanes junior prospects

Photo: Callum Booth made 36 stops to lead the Remparts to a shutout win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on December 18th.(Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

It is the nature of developing prospects to go through ups and downs. Such is the case for the Carolina Hurricanes’ stable of junior hockey prospects. Some are showing the growth and improvement an organization would hope for in a future pro, while others are struggling to find footing or even showing some regression.

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