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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Canada hopes to improve on last year’s bronze finish

by Chapin Landvogt
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Team Canada’s U18 squad will feature the usual complement of offensive talent, perhaps none more talented than OHL Rookie of the Year Connor McDavid (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Canadian national team coach Don Hay is heading to Sochi as a man with a great deal of experience ranging from the NHL (Calgary and Phoenix) right on down to over 20 years of experience in Canadian juniors, having won the Memorial Cup on three separate occasions. Now it’ll be his duty to quickly turn an extremely talented group of young men into a championship caliber team.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Canada, Sweden highlight the Group B countries

by Chapin Landvogt
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2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Canada and Sweden, two countries that have squared off many times in international play, have been slotted together in Group B at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of JC Pinheiro/PressPhotoInt/Icon SMI)

For fans of tournaments where no preliminary round game is a ‘gimme’, we welcome you to Group B play at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Junior Championship. In Sweden and Canada, the group hosts two of the four favorites for gold in this tournament.

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Zadorov hitting his stride with the Knights

by Jason Menard
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Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Nikita Zadorov is preparing for his team's OHL Conference Championship series with Plymouth (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

“La Femme Nikita” is the story of a secret assassin who works in the shadows. Le “blueliner” Nikita, London Knights' Nikita Zadorov, has no such anonymity. After all, at 6’7” with a propensity for big hits and a big shot, it’s hard to miss the Russian defenseman.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Draisaitl makes a solid first impression

by Brian Fogarty
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Leon Draisaitl - Prince Albert Raiders

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 draft prospect Leon Draisaitl is a finalist for the WHL's Rookie of the Year award (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Prince Albert Raiders have struggled to make the playoffs for the last several years, despite the best efforts of players like current team leader and first-round NHL draft pick, Mark McNeil (CHI). Enter Leon Draisaitl, a German-born WHL rookie and 2014 draft-eligible forward who scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in his rookie season. Draisaitl and McNeil combined for 125 points and led the Raiders to their first post-season appearance in almost a decade.

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2013 ISS Draft Rankings: Little change in Top 30, with Jones, Nichushkin still the top prospects

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Seth Jones - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Seth Jones holds a now familiar place at the top of ISS Hockey's ranking of this year's prospects for the NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The U-18 World Junior Championship is set to begin in just a few short days, an event that could bring the last major shake-up in the rankings of the 2013 NHL Draft prospects. So it is no surprise that the pre-WJC release of ISS Hockey's ranking of the top 30 NHL Draft prospects sports few surprises, and instead reflects pretty much the status quo from the March rankings.

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