NHL Draft Coverage

2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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2014 U18 Video: Jakub Vrana, Czech Republic

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Jakub Vrana - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Czech Republic forward and 2014 prospect Jakub Vrana is ranked fourth among European skaters by Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The Czech Republic came to the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship believing that they had a squad capable of bringing home a medal, maybe even a golden one. So far, so good for the Czechs as they advanced to the U18 semi-finals with a 3-2 overtime win over Russia in one of four quarterfinal matches that took place on Thursday.

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2014 U18 Video: Gustav Forsling, Sweden

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Gustav Forsling - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and 2014 prospect Gustav Forsling is ranked 25th among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden headed into the playoff round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Chapionship looking like a confident, determined team. But few would have predicted the blowout win the Swedes inflicted on neighbor and rival, Finland, in the teams' quarterfinal matchup.

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2014 U18 Video: Noah Hanifin, USA

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Noah Hanifin - Team USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2015 prospect Noah Hanifin is presently committed to attend Boston College starting in 2015, but has also been drafted by the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The U.S. squad is sporting some top talent at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, not only for the 2014 draft year but also for 2015 and 2016. One of the top talents of any of the coming draft years competing for the U.S. is defenseman Noah Hanifin.

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2014 U18 Video: Ivan Nikolishin, Russia

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Ivan Nikolishin - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Everett Silvertips forward and 2014 prospect Ivan Nikolishin finished the 2014 U18 World Championship fourth in scoring on Team Russia’s roster (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Russia's roster at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship included nine players that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season. One of that North American contingent was forward Ivan Nikolishin, son of former NHL forward Andrei Nikolishin.

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2014 U18 Video: Ryan Hitchcock, USA

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Ryan Hitchcock - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Ryan Hitchcock is slated to attend Yale University starting in the fall of 2014 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While there is a fair amount of star power on Team USA's squad competing at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, the roster also sports an unheralded player or two that bring something other than offensive skills or imposing size. One such player is forward Ryan Hitchcock.

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