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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Imports top QMJHL 2014 draft prospects at season’s midpoint

by Kevin Forbes
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Daniel Audette - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix forward and 2014 draft prospect Daniel Audette is the son of former NHL forward Donald Audette, and a top prospect for this year’s draft out of the QMJHL (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The QMJHL was the toast of the hockey world at the 2013 NHL Draft. Not only had the league just taken home their third consecutive Memorial Cup win, this time courtesy of the Halifax Mooseheads, but two of that team's top players went first and third in the NHL Draft. Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin were joined by four other QMJHL players hearing their name called in the first round, and a total of 31 QMJHL players were chosen in last year's draft.

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2014 WJC Video: Julius Honka, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
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Julius Honka - Team Finland

Photo: Finland defenseman and 2014 prospect Julius Honka has been a top rookie in the WHL during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

To look at the stat line for Finland defender Julius Honka following the completion of the 2014 World Junior Championship, it would be easy to assume that the offensive defenseman didn't have an effective showing at this event.

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2014 WJC Video: Leon Draisaitl, Germany

by Chapin Landvogt
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Leon Draisaitl - Team Germany

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 prospect Leon Draisaitl scored at a point-per-game pace during the 2014 World Juniors despite missing time due to penalties and suspensions (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While the goal may have been modest, Germany's 2014 World Junior Championship entry managed to maintain their place among hockey's top countries at the U20 level by virtue of their winning a best-of-three, relegation round series over a tough Norway squad. By virtue of their win, Germany will take part in the 2015 WJC that will be held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC a year from now, while Norway once again drops down to the Division 1A WJC.

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2014 WJC Video: Sam Reinhart, Canada

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Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart won’t have long to shake off the disappointment of the 2014 WJC as he’ll be taking part in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 15th (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

For Team Canada, the 2014 World Junior Championship played out very much as last year's U20 WJC ended up, with Canada going home as the fourth place team and no hardware in hand. And just like the 2013 event, it was Russia that defeated Canada to take the bronze medal, this time with a 2-1 win.

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2014 WJC Video: Adam Erne and Jack Eichel, USA

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Adam Erne - Team USA

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Erne is taking part in his first U20 World Junior Championship for Team USA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team USA started their quarterfinal contest against Russia on the offensive, scoring three goals to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. But a string of USA penalties in the second period swung the momentum towards Russia as they scored the last three goals of the game to take the win, 5-3.

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