Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Tomas Hyka and Patrik Bartosak, Czech Republic

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Tomas Hyka - Czech Republic

Photo: Czech Republic forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Tomas Hyka (#27), shown here playing at the 2012 WJC, is playing in his second U-20 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

If one were looking for an upset from the first three days of the 2013 World Junior Championship, probably the closest example came on Day 3 of the tournament with the Czech Republic's 3-1 win over Finland.

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2013 WJC Preview: Large, talented forwards lead the way for Czech Republic

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Radek Faksa - Czech Republic

Photo: Although he wasn't a standout at the 2012 World Junior Championship, forward Radek Faksa's standing with scouts wasn't affected as he was chosen 12th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

A year ago in Alberta, the Czech Republic's U-20 national team was one of the surprises at the 2012 World Junior Championship. After stunning the United States in the preliminary round, the team took on Russia, surviving until overtime when the silver medal squad scored a controversial goal to defeat the Czechs. Besides the team success, Detroit Red Wings goalie prospect Petr Mrázek gained a lot of fans for his celebrations late in the game against the Americans.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Thomson adjusting to higher level of play in WHL

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Jordan Thomson - Kamloops Blazers

Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman Jordan Thomson is currently considered to be one of the top defenders available for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Jordan Thomson ranks among the top defensemen of the 2014 NHL Draft class. ISS lists Thomson 11th overall, and fourth among the defenseman available for the draft. So far in his rookie WHL season, Thomson has a goal and five assists in 23 games.

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Hertl progressing with Slavia, national team

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Tomas Hertl - Czech Republic

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Tomas Hertl achieved another milestone in his young career with his recent selection to the Czech Republic's top national team (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Two years ago, little was known about Tomáš Hertl, then a 16-year-old center for the junior team of Slavia Prague. That season, he played mostly in the Czech U-20 Extraliga, posting better numbers than Radek Faksa, who was, however, drafted at a higher place at the 2012 NHL Draft. The same year, Hertl had his Czech Extraliga debut, not collecting any points, but at the age of sixteen, surely letting the hockey world notice his name.

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2012-13 Czech Republic Extraliga preview

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Tomas Hertl - Czech Republic

Photo: San Jose Sharks forward prospect Tomas Hertl, shown here playing for the Czech Republic at the 2012 WJC, will ply his trade this season for HC Slavia Prague in the Czech Extraliga (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 The Czech Extraliga is now underway. As is the case each season, we can look forward to top-notch European hockey, since the league may be among the three best on the continent. Almost every team has one or more veterans who lead the franchise and are either long-time patriots or new acquisitions from abroad. However, this year will feature more youngsters than normal, just because the level of Czech junior hockey has gone back up close to where it used to be. And finally, we'll also take a look at some possibilities that come with the NHL lockout.

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