2014 WJC Podcast: The story so far from Malmo

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2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, Malmo, Sweden

Photo: The host country for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden, has performed well so far at this WJC, going undefeated in three games including a 5-3 win over Switzerland on opening night (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It has been an interesting 2014 World Junior Championship so far, with one major upset plus a fair amont of offense being generated, albeit with a couple of teams proving to be far more generous than most of the field competing in Malmo, Sweden.

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2014 WJC Video: Rasmus Ristolainen, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect and current Rochester American Rasmus Ristolainen is taking part in his third U20 World Junior Championship with Finland (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Finland began the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament with a solid win over Norway on Friday, defeating that country 5-1. But their usual nemesis, Sweden, defeated Finland on the third day of the tournament, taking a 4-2 decision from the Finns.

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2014 WJC Video: Esa Lindell, Finland

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Esa Lindell - Team Finland

Photo: Jokerit defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is competing for Finland at the 2014 U20 World Juniors after narrowly missing out on earning a berth on last year’s squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After competing with a more experienced squad at last year's World Junior Championship, a performance that featured decidedly more offense than one might expect from Finland, the Finns entered the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden with a squad that is largely getting their feet wet at the Under-20 level.

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2014 WJC Preview: Major pieces missing from Finland squad heading to Malmo

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Julius Honka  - Team Finland

Photo: If Finland is to generate offense at the 2014 World Junior Championship, then Swift Current Broncos’ defenseman and 2014 prospect Julius Honka will likely be a major contributor to that effort (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2014 U20 World Junior Championship will be a very different experience for Finland on several fronts.

In past tournaments, the strength of Finland's team has been the cohesion gained by playing several years together and then competing as a group in Finland's second league, Mestis, during the Fall.

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Productive summer for Ilves’ Kolppanen leads to improved play in 2013-14

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Ville Kolppanen - Ilves

Photo: Ilves Tampere goaltender Ville Kolppanen is currently among the top netminders in Liiga, Finland’s top league (courtesy of Ilves Tampere)

After finishing last in the SM-Liiga in three of the past four seasons, Ilves got off to a fast start this season and is challenging for a spot in the re-christened Liiga's 10-team playoffs. While the Tampere-based club has cooled off a bit recently, a big part of the team's turnaround can be attributed to the play of 21-year-old goalie, Ville Kolppanen.

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