2016 WJC Review: Switzerland avoids relegation but not disappointing showing

by Chapin Landvogt
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Julien Privet, Dario Meyer and Marco Forrer - Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland players Julien Privet, Dario Meyer and Marco Forrer celebrate a goal early in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, but the team had little to celebrate overall aside from avoiding relegation (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

For Team Switzerland, much about the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship makes it a tournament to forget. After a disappointing 2015 tournament, which culminated in a quick dismantling of Team Germany in the relegation round in order to remain in the world’s top class, Switzerland headed into this tournament with a world of possibilities, throwing together a roster featuring a good handful of NHL Draft picks and several lines worth of players already playing pro in Switzerland. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Denis Malgin and Pius Suter, Switzerland

by Chapin Landvogt
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Denis Malgin - Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland forward Denis Malgin led his country in scoring at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, and was a main reason the Swiss avoided relegation (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

 

Team Switzerland didn’t turn in a particularly impressive showing in the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, but they still managed to avoid a demotion to the D1A level by defeating Belarus, two games to none, in the best-of-three relegation round. Read more»

2016 WJC Preview: Team Switzerland has a tough road to hoe in Group A

by Rafik Soliman
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Timo Meier - Team Switzerland - IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier brings a wealth of international experience to the Team Switzerland squad competing at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

 

After failing to secure a spot in the quarterfinals by losing the decisive game against Denmark at last year’s World Junior Championship, Switzerland is trying to avoid adversity this year by catching a spot in the medal round for only the third time in the last seven years. Read more»

Off the Radar: Gardiner, Baillie continue working towards NHL dream

by David Hahn
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Tyson Baillie - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward Tyson Baillie had his best WHL season to date in 2014-15, scoring 37 goals and adding 39 assists for 76 points in 68 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The road to the NHL isn’t always a straight one, often times winding down paths that have been less traveled. Two WHL veterans have taken different routes towards redemption after not hearing their name called at the NHL Draft. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Switzerland looks to move beyond quarterfinals this year

by Rafik Soliman
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Denis Malgin - Team Switzerland

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2015 prospect Denis Malgin (R) has played in 19 games in Switzerland’s top league, the National League A, this season, scoring two goals and adding five assists (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

After a seventh place finish at the 2014 U20 World Junior Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, Switzerland enters the 2015 WJC looking to break finish among a top-six group that could be very difficult to crack. Read more»

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