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2014 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Steve Santini, USA

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Steve Santini - All-American Prospects Game

Photo: USA defenseman Steve Santini has been ranked among the first round talent for the 2013 NHL Draft since taking part in the 2012 All-American Prospects Game in September (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Although Team USA's defense lacks some of the star power that was on hand at the U18 World Junior Championship last year in the Czech Republic, this year's group has played very well during the team's march to their semi-final meeting with Russia.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Keaton Thompson and Thatcher Demko, USA

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Keaton Thompson - USA

Photo: Team USA defenseman Keaton Thompson has seen his 2013 draft ranking remain relatively steady over the course of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Both the USA and Sweden entered the playoff round at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship having lost their final game of the preliminary round. As fate would have it, the two teams faced off against one another in the U18 quarter-finals, with Sweden hoping to end a losing streak to the USA that includes three consecutive goal medal game losses at this event.

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2013 U18 WJC: Note and quotes from Sochi/Adler

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Bolshoy Ice Dome - Sochi Olympic Village

Photo: The Bolshoy ice Dome will be the main venue for hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and has been one of the arenas employed during the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

Some notes and quotes gathered during the preliminary round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship being held in Sochi/Adler, Russia.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Andre Burakovsky, Sweden

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Andre Burakowsky - Sweden

Photo: Sweden’s Andre Burakowsky is the son Robert Burakowsky, a long-time European pro player who spent part of one NHL season with the Ottawa Senators (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden was sailing through the preliminary round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship until they ran into a brick wall in the form of Team Canada in the final game of the opening round. Canada blanked the Swedes, 6-0, marring what had otherwise been a good showing for Sweden at this U18.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Connor McDavid, Canada

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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid’s first OHL season was a personal success, and he has carried over that performance to the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Hype is nothing new to Team Canada's Connor McDavid as it has followed him since he was granted exceptional player status as a 15-year-old, which allowed him to compete in the OHL one year earlier than other players in his age group.

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