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2014 U18 Video: Adam Ollas Mattsson, Sweden

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Adam Ollas Mattsson - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and 2014 prospect Adam Ollas Mattsson competed at three different levels in the Djurgarden organization during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden has iced another competitive team for this year's IIHF U18 World Championship. They tied for second in their group, two points behind Canada, and have opened the playoff round with a resounding 10-0 win over host country and archrival, Finland.

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2014 U18 Video: Jack Glover, USA

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Jack Glover - Team USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Glover is ranked 38th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final list for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team USA brought their usual complement of talented defensemen to the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. One of those skilled defenders, Jack Glover, has provided the type of solid, two-way play that has been his stock in trade this season.

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2014 U18 Video: Damir Sharipzyanov, Russia

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Damir Sharipzyanov - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2014 prospect Damir Sharipzyanov played for the Reaktor Nizhnekamsk club in the MHL in 2012-13 before moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Although Russia suffered just one overtime loss in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, their eight points only tied them for second with Sweden in Group A, two points behind Canada.

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2014 U18 Video: Alex Nedeljkovic, USA

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Alex Nedeljkovic - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers goaltender and 2014 prospect Alex Nedeljkovic followed up a season where he was named the OHL First Team goaltender by winning the OHL Goaltender of the Year award in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Two of Team USA's five wins at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship have been shutouts. The first shutout, a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic, was posted by starting netminder Alex Nedeljkovic, while backup Edwin Minney got the win in a 7-0 victory over Denmark.

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2014 U18 Relegation Preview: Germany, Denmark looking to avoid relegation

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Germany vs. Denmark - World Championship

Photo: Denmark and Germany have met on the international stage on many occasions, and will renew their rivalry at the 2014 U18 World Championship in the best-of-three relegation round (courtesy of JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GettyImages)

As was done at the U20 WJC in Malmo, Sweden this past winter, the relegation round at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship will consist of a best-of-three playoff format. And much like at that WJC, the relegation round will feature Germany facing a Scandinavian country.

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2014 U18 Video: Patrick Kurz, Germany

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Patrick Kurz - Team Germany

Photo: Team Germany defenseman and 2014 prospect Patrick Kurz is serving as one of the assistant captains for the German squad at the 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Germany didn't accomplish their goal of reaching the playoff round at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, and instead will have to beat out Denmark to avoid relegation to a lower level for next year's U18 tournament.

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2014 U18 Video: Sonny Milano, USA

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Sonny Milano - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Sonny Milano is the leading scorer for the U.S. at the 2014 U18 World Championship, having scored two goals and four assists in four games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The U.S. completed the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship as the top team in Group B. Team USA accomplished this feat on the strength of three consecutive wins after an opening loss to Switzerland.

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2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

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Yevgeni Svechnikov - Team Russia

Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), shown here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round.

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2014 U18 Video: Edson Harlacher, Switzerland

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Edson Harlacher - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman and 2014 prospect Edson Harlacher spent the past three seasons in the Kloten organization before heading to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Switzerland notched an early, surprise win at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship but wasn't able to fully capitalize on their upset win over the USA. As a result, they will open the U18 playoff round against the defending gold medalists from Canada.

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2014 U18 Video: Auston Matthews, USA

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Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews competed in 20 USHL games this season, scoring 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points on the season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After dropping their opener at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team USA has strung together three straight wins to finish the preliminary round as the top team in Group B. This could have the U.S. on a collision course with Canada in the gold medal game, which would be a rematch of last year's U18 finale.

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