Photo: German defenseman Tim Bender was the top 2013 prospect from that country early in the season, but his rankings have slipped as the season has progressed (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
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.
Photo: Germany is returning four players from last year’s U18 squad, including defenseman Tim Bender (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Regardless of how the playoff round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship turns out for Germany, the fact they have extended themselves beyond the preliminary round and, most importantly, avoided the relegation round, has to be viewed as some measure of success for this developing hockey country.
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.
Photo: German forward Parker Tuomie turned in a three-point performance in a big win for Germany at the 2013 U18 World Juniors (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
While forward Leon Draisaitl was the big story coming out of Germany's 6-3 win over Slovakia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, linemate Parker Tuomie turned in a solid offensive performance for his country, as well. Tuomie scored two goals and assisted on another for a 3-point effort in an important win for the Germans.
Article: Germany’s head coach for the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Jim Setters, talks about his team and their preparation for the WJC.
As Germany’s U18 team wrapped up its 6-0 and 9-2 thrashing of Japan in two test games before heading to Sochi, coach Jim Setters was making his final decisions on who to bring to Russia. The decisions have come easier this year as Germany will be sporting a team that is expected to do a bit more than in years past, although it has finished sixth in the two most recent U18 tournaments.