2013 U18 WJC Playoffs: Canada, Russia could renew gold medal rivalry

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Vladimir Tkachev - Russia

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.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Parker Tuomie, Germany

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Parker Tuomie - Germany

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.

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2013 U18 WJC: Two minutes with German U18 coach Jim Setters

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German Ice Hockey Federation

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.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Germany hopes to build on improved U18 play

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Dominik Kahun - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: Diminutive forward Dominik Kahun of the Sudbury Wolves will be one of the players that Germany will look towards for offense at the U18 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In the past two years, Germany has managed to ice a U18 tournament entry that has competed strongly in finishing a solid sixth on both occasions. Along the way, the team was able to grab the odd unexpected point or push a favorite to the brink of defeat, for example, when it beat Russia 4-2 in 2012 or in its 5-4 and 4-3 losses to Russia and Canada respectively in 2011.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Draisaitl makes a solid first impression

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Leon Draisaitl - Prince Albert Raiders

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2014 draft prospect Leon Draisaitl is a finalist for the WHL's Rookie of the Year award (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Prince Albert Raiders have struggled to make the playoffs for the last several years, despite the best efforts of players like current team leader and first-round NHL draft pick, Mark McNeil (CHI). Enter Leon Draisaitl, a German-born WHL rookie and 2014 draft-eligible forward who scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in his rookie season. Draisaitl and McNeil combined for 125 points and led the Raiders to their first post-season appearance in almost a decade.

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