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Photo: MODO Hockey forward and 2014 prospect Adrian Kempe has been a productive player in international play over the past three seasons, totaling 54 points in 41 games for Sweden during that period (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Team Sweden is looking to improve upon their performance at last year's IIHF U18 World Championship after failing to medal at that event. Sweden has arrived as one of the top hockey countries, so missing out on a medal in Sochi had to be a major disappointment.
Photo: Ottawa 67’s forward and 2015 prospect Travis Konecny was named OHL Rookie of the Month four times in 2013-14 on his way to being named the OHL’s Rookie of the Year (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Forward Travis Konecny is one of a handful of Team Canada youngsters getting a taste of IIHF U18 World Championship action at an earlier age than might normally be the case. While many of the players taking part in this tournament are in their draft year, Konecny won't be eligible for the draft until the 2014-15 season.
Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and 2014 prospect Brandan Perlini is ranked 8th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s finla rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
So far, so good for Canada at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship as they've started the tournament with a couple of wins. Their opening win came against Sweden, a solid 3-1 triumph that got the Canadiens off on the right foot in defense of their 2013 gold medal.
Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Matt Barzal is one of a handful of players on Team Canada’s U18 squad that are still more than a year away from potentially having their named called at the NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Team Canada opened the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship with a well earned 3-1 win over Sweden. The Canadians are looking to successfully defend the gold medal that they won in Sochi last year at this tournament.
Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Glover has been a participant in the NTDP program the past couple of seasons, and is committed to attend the University of Minnesota (courtesy of Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
For USA Hockey, the IIHF U18 World Championship has become the ultimate opportunity to show its teeth and what the program has achieved. The team has been medaling for years and is coming off a disappointing loss to Canada in last spring’s gold medal game, one in which it outshot its northern neighbors, 35-12. This year’s squad is once again heading to the tournament with gold ambitions in mind, but will be looking a bit different than in years past.
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- 3. Alexandre Goulet
- 4. Daniel Moynihan
- 5. Julio Billia
- 6. Matt Murphy
- 7. Anthony DeLuca
- 8. Emil Aronsson
- 9. Nikita Lyamkin
- 10. Mark Simpson
- 11. Kurt Etchegary
- 12. Scott Oke
- 13. Eric Brassard
- 14. Sebastien Auger
- 15. Denis Gorbunov
- 16. Philippe Gadoury
- 17. Jacob Sweeney
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