Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl appeared to be a Calder Trophy candidate early in the 2013-14 season, but an injury that caused him to miss 45 games took him out of contention for that award (courtesy of Nick Lust/NHLI via Getty Images)
San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl experienced as much success and frustration in his rookie season as some players do in their entire careers, and he took it all in with a huge grin.
Photo: Kootenay Ice captain and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart will likely enter the 2014 NHL Draft as the top-ranked prospect according to ISS Hockey (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The calendar has flipped over to May, but the top 10 in the ISS Hockey ranking of the 2014 NHL Draft prospects looks an awful lot like the top of the order in April's rankings.
Photo: Czech Republic forward and 2014 prospect David Pastrnak is ranked fifth among European skaters by Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The Czech Republic survived a Russia penalty shot in overtime, then scored the winning goal to take their quarterfinal match, 3-2, at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. Forward Jakub Vrana provided the heroics, scoring the overtime goal, his second goal of the game, a little over five minutes after Russian forward Yevgeni Svevhnikov missed on his penalty shot opportunity.
Photo: Czech Republic forward and 2014 prospect Jakub Vrana is ranked fourth among European skaters by Central Scouting for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The Czech Republic came to the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship believing that they had a squad capable of bringing home a medal, maybe even a golden one. So far, so good for the Czechs as they advanced to the U18 semi-finals with a 3-2 overtime win over Russia in one of four quarterfinal matches that took place on Thursday.
Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), shown here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round.