2015 WJC Podcast: A preview of the quarterfinal matches that includes a Sweden-Finland rematch

by Ken McKenna
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Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha has played well for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

 

With the preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship now completed, eight of the 10 countries participating at this WJC are moving on to the quarterfinals, while two countries will head to the relegation round. The USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and Denmark all live to fight another day in their quest for gold, with Switzerland and Germany trying to avoid demotion to next year’s D1A WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: A look back at the Czech Republic’s win over Denmark

by Ken McKenna
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David Patrnak - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Boston Bruins forward prospect David Pastrnak scored the game-winning, overtime goal for the Czech Republic in Monday’s 4-3 win over Denmark at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

While Group B at the 2015 World Junior Championship is competing at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Group A is displaying their talents at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Sweden and Russia are the two hockey powers heading that group of five countries that also includes the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Denmark. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Top goalies, generational first line could give Denmark a chance at class retention

by Chapin Landvogt
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Nikolaj Ehlers - Halifax Mooseheads

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers will be a part of one of the stronger first lines that Denmark has iced at the World Junior Championship (courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

 

It’s been a while since Team Denmark played at the U20 World Junior Championship. What most people remember the most from that 2012 WJC appearance was a particular press conference where a few of the players acted like coaches at a post-game press conference, stating how disappointing it was to come in as ‘favorites’ just to end up losing 10-2 to Canada. It wasn’t the only shellacking they got at that tournament, one that saw them get convincingly relegated. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: NHL’s Western Conference adds more forward talent

by Tony Piscotta
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2014 NHL Draft - Leon Draisaitl, Aaron Ekblad, and Sam Reinhart

Photo: The players chosen with the top three selections in the 2014 NHL Draft – Leon Draisaitl (L), Aaron Ekblad (C), and Sam Reinhart (R) – pose in front of the draft stage at Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL's Western Conference had some of the most dominant teams in the 2013-14 season — including Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles — thanks largely to forwards such as the Kings' Anze Kopitar, Anaheim's Corey Perry and the Chicago's' Jonathan Toews.

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2014 NHL Draft Preview: Thinner QMJHL pack led by Ehlers

by Kevin Forbes
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Nikolaj Ehlers - Team Orr - 2014 CHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward and 2014 prospect Nikolaj Ehlers was named the CHL Rookie of the Year for the 2013 -14 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

After a banner year in 2013 at the NHL Draft, the QMJHL appears to have settled back to more familiar levels when it comes to the draft class of 2014. While there may be no Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin to highlight the list of eligible players this year, it is another Halifax Moosehead, Nikolaj Ehlers, who appears set to be the first QMJHL player to hear his name called on Friday night in Philadelphia.

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