Stencel a talented defender in a smaller package

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Jan Stencel - Czech Republic

Photo: Defenseman Jan Stencel was one of the top three performers for the Czech Republic at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Lubo Lang/Czech Ice Hockey Association)

 

When searching the junior ranks for future NHL talent, good defensemen are usually harder to come by than good forwards. The upcoming NHL Draft class of players based in the Czech Republic is, however, an exception to that rule.

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2013 U18 WJC Playoffs: Canada, Russia could renew gold medal rivalry

by Chapin Landvogt
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Vladimir Tkachev - Russia

Photo: Forward Vladimir Tkachev has been the scoring star so far for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The preliminary round has come and gone at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and Groups A and B each featured one fairly dominant team.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Ludek Bukac, Czech Republic

by Chapin Landvogt
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Ludek Bukac - Czech Republic

Video: Czech Republic head coach Ludek Bukac talks to the media following his team’s 4-3 loss to the USA at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship.

The Czech Republic had a relatively easy time of things in their first game of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, but Game 2 was a different story as they dropped a hard-fought, 4-3 loss to the USA at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Patrik Zdrahal, Czech Republic

by Chapin Landvogt
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Czech Republic

Video: Czech Republic forward Patrik Zdrahal was the star in his country’s opening win over Latvia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship.

While Sudbury Wolves forward Dominik Kubalik was the top point-getter for the Czech Republic in their opening win over Latvia, forward Patrik Zdrahal was the goal-scoring star for the Czechs in that game.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Dominik Kubalik, Czech Republic

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Dominik Kubalik - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: Czech Republic forward Dominik Kubalik, shown here playing for the Sudbury Wolves, turned in a strong offensive performance in his country’s opening game at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Czech Republic got off on the right foot at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, easily dispatching Latvia, 7-0, on Day 2 of this tournament. The Czech's received a strong performance from forward Dominik Kubalik, who registered five assists in the game.

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