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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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2013 Ivan Hlinka: Swiss forward Fiala honing his game in Sweden

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Kevin Fiala - HV71

Photo: HV71 forward and 2014 prospect Kevin Fiala is looking to continue the string of Swiss prospects chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft (courtesy of Andy Mueller/freshfocus)

 

Luca Sbisa, Nino Niederreiter, Sven Baertschi, Mirco Mueller. Since 2008, Switzerland has had more success in the first round of the NHL Draft than Slovakia or the Czech Republic, the two countries that hosted the annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and two of the hockey nations generally regarded as being stronger than Switzerland. If this trend continues, the Swiss may well surpass those two nations.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jack Dougherty and Joseph Snively, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Jack Dougherty - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Dougherty is one of a handful of Ohio State recruits to decommit from that program after the firing of OSU head coach Mark Osiecki (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Team USA finished with the most points at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but Team Canada took home the gold medal after defeating the USA, 4-0, in the championship game.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Julio Billia, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Julio Billia - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens goaltender and 2014 prospect Julio Billia should be the starter in Chicoutimi now that last year’s starter, Christopher Gibson, has moved on (courtesy of Le guide de Montreal-Nord)

 

Canada's relative woes in recent international tournaments have largely been pegged to weaker than usual goaltending. But the tide may be turning for the Canadians, if the 2013 U18 WJC and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament are any indication.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jayce Hawryluk, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Jayce Hawryluk - Brandon Wheat Kings

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings forward and 2014 prospect Jayce Hawryluk was his team’s Rookie of the Year for 2012-13 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Team Canada forward Jayce Hawryluk may not have produced a great deal of offense at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but he picked the right game to get himself on the scoresheet.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Joe Hicketts, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Joe Hicketts - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and 2014 prospect Joe Hicketts was a draft pick of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks but elected to go the WHL route (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

If good things can come in smaller packages, then Victoria Royals defenseman Joe Hicketts is the very embodiment of this adage. The 5'8”, 174-pound defenseman turned in a solid rookie season with the Royals, and has gotten his 2013-14 season and NHL Draft year off to a good start as a member of Canada's Ivan Hlinka squad.

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