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2013 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Czech Republic looks like medal contender

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Vaclav Karabacek - Gatineau Olympiques

Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and 2014 prospect Vaclav Karabacek is comepting for the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship in Finland (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Twelve months ago in Sochi, the Czech Republic's U18 squad was at the beginning of what could be a beautiful ride that could see the Czechs finally grabbing a medal at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship. This year's U18 team from this Central European nation has grown and matured since last year's competition, and is now looking more like a medal contender.

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2014 U18 Video: Simon Kindschi, Switzerland

by Chapin Landvogt
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Simon Kindschi - Team Switzerland

Photo: HC Davos defenseman Simon Kindschi is one of a handful of sizable defenders competing for Switzerland at the 2014 U18 World Championship in Finland (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

It didn't take long for a surprise win to take place at the 2014 U18 World Championship as Switzerland knocked off the USA, 4-2, in the opening game of the tournament.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Switzerland looks to maintain or possibly move up

by Rafik Soliman
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Kevin Fiala - Team Switzerland

Photo: HV71 forward and 2014 prospect Kevin Fiala (#23) is expected to lead the offense for Switzerland at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of BJORN LINDGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

After meeting expectations at last year's IIHF U18 World Championship with solid play and qualifying for the quarterfinals for the first time in two years, Switzerland is looking to have the same success this season and is hoping to finally move up among the top 4 countries.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Sweden looking to medal after disappointing showing in 2013

by Chapin Landvogt
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Anton Karlsson - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and 2014 prospect Anton Karlsson competed for Sweden at the 2014 U20 WJC, but will play a bigger role for his country at the 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Last spring, Team Sweden went to Sochi, Russia feeling like a gold medal candidate. After two silver medals in a row and with a line-up chock full of kids who eventually heard their names called at the 2013 NHL Draft, Sweden sent a team into play that didn’t have to hide from anyone.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Canada looking for first gold repeat at U18

by Jason Menard
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Brayden Point - Team Orr

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2014 prospect Brayden Point, shown here playing in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, could be an important offensive contributor for Canada at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The defending IIHF Under-18 World Championship, gold-medal-winning Team Canada has arrived in Finland ready to defend its title with a squad that’s laden with international experience and elite talent.

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Top Prospects: Leagues

CJHL

  1. 1. Alex Coulombe
  1. 2. Jack Ramsey

NCAA

  1. 1. Zach Nagelvoort
  1. 2. Alex Sakellaropoulos
  2. 3. Thatcher Demko

OHL

  1. 1. Sam Bennett
  2. 2. Aaron Ekblad
  3. 3. Michael Dal Colle
  4. 4. Nick Ritchie
  5. 5. Brendan Perlini
  6. 6. Anthony DeAngelo
  7. 7. Jared McCann
  8. 8. Nikolay Goldobin
  9. 9. Roland McKeown
  10. 10. Josh Ho-Sang
  11. 11. Eric Cornel
  12. 12. Robby Fabbri
  13. 13. Aaron Haydon
  14. 14. Connor Chatham
  15. 15. Ryan MacInnis
  16. 16. Alex Peters
  17. 17. Michael Bunting
  18. 18. Brendan Lemieux
  19. 19. Spencer Watson
  1. 20. Blake Siebenaler
  2. 21. Alex Nedeljkovic
  3. 22. Matt Mistele
  4. 23. Jacob Middleton
  5. 24. Blake Clarke
  6. 25. Dakota Mermis
  7. 26. Max Iafrate
  8. 27. Brent Moran
  9. 28. Brandon Halverson
  10. 29. Zach Bratina
  11. 30. Nick Magyar
  12. 31. Michael Amadio
  13. 32. Christian Dvorak
  14. 33. Kyle Jenkins
  15. 34. Josh Wesley
  16. 35. Dylan Sadowy
  17. 36. Jaden Lindo
  18. 37. Darby Llewellyn
  19. 38. Alexander Protapovich

QMJHL

  1. 1. Ivan Barbashev
  2. 2. Nikolaj Ehlers
  3. 3. Vaclav Karabacek
  4. 4. Nicolas Aube-Kubel
  5. 5. Emil Aronsson
  6. 6. Clark Bishop
  7. 7. Julien Nantel
  8. 8. Daniel Audette
  9. 9. Mason McDonald
  10. 10. Julio Billia
  11. 11. Alexis Vanier
  12. 12. Kurt Etchegary
  1. 13. Scott Oke
  2. 14. Eric Brassard
  3. 15. Sebastien Auger
  4. 16. Nikita Jevpalovs
  5. 17. Anthony DeLuca
  6. 18. Denis Gorbunov
  7. 19. Philippe Gadoury
  8. 20. Cameron Darcy
  9. 21. Daniel Walcott
  10. 22. Matt Murphy
  11. 23. Jacob Sweeney
  12. 24. Vladimir Tkachyov

USA Juniors

  1. 1. Dylan Larkin
  2. 2. Alex Tuch
  3. 3. Jack Glover
  4. 4. Jack Dougherty
  5. 5. Ryan Collins
  6. 6. Johnathan MacLeod
  7. 7. Joe Wegwerth
  1. 8. Shane Gersich
  2. 9. Ryan Hitchcock
  3. 10. Anders Bjork
  4. 11. Ryan Donato
  5. 12. Sonny Milano
  6. 13. Edwin Minney
  7. 14. Chase Perry

USHL

  1. 1. Nick Schmaltz
  2. 2. Shane Eiserman
  3. 3. Joshua Jacobs
  1. 4. Austin Poganski
  2. 5. Ryan Mantha
  3. 6. Seamus Malone

WHL

  1. 1. Leon Draisaitl
  2. 2. Sam Reinhart
  3. 3. Haydn Fleury
  4. 4. Jake Virtanen
  5. 5. Julius Honka
  6. 6. Brycen Martin
  7. 7. Nikita Scherbak
  8. 8. Chase De Leo
  9. 9. Conner Bleackley
  10. 10. John Quenneville
  11. 11. Reid Gardiner
  1. 12. Jayce Hawryluk
  2. 13. Ben Thomas
  3. 14. Nelson Nogier
  4. 15. Ty Edmonds
  5. 16. Aaron Irving
  6. 17. Spenser Jensen
  7. 18. Ty Stanton
  8. 19. Austin Lotz
  9. 20. Ashton Sautner
  10. 21. Keegan Iverson
  11. 22. Dominic Turgeon