Germany headed into their Monday match-up with the Czech Republic with three lopsided losses to show for their 2014 World Junior Championship efforts to date. Added to that, they were entering the contest without their best player, Leon Draisaitl, who was suspended for one game.
The 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, proved to be of incredible value to Team Germany. Despite several preliminary round losses of a clear nature, namely to Canada (9-3), the USA (8-0) and Russia (7-0), the team managed to gain a critical point in a 2-1 OT loss to Slovakia and then managed to defeat Latvia (5-2) in a do-or-die relegation game. With that, Germany had maintained the class and is participating in this year’s WJC in Malmo, Sweden.
With the 2013 NHL Draft now passed, the focus can now turn to the class of 2014. Since Beyond Tomorrow looks at those players eligible for the next draft class, this is the last opportunity to discuss the 2014 draft-eligible players before shifting attention to the 2015's. With that in mind, here is a recap of the best of the late-1995 and 1996-born players.
The 2012-13 season started off well for a few German prospects with NHL ambitions. But as it has worn on and culminated in a U18 World Championship tournament where Germany only managed to win one game – albeit the decisive class retainer over Slovakia – it seems as if the competition for this NHL Draft coming out of other countries has just become a tad too much for this year's German prospects to handle.
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