2014 WJC Preview: Germany hoping to stay in the hunt for 2015 WJC berth

by Chapin Landvogt
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Tim Bender - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2014 prospect Tim Bender will be one of the main defenders competing for Germany at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

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.

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Beyond Tomorrow: The Class of 2014

by Brian Fogarty
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2012 Subway Super Series - Sam Reinhart, WHL

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart is the third of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart’s three sons who will be looking to follow in the father’s footsteps to the NHL (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

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.

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Germany 2013 draft preview

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Tim Bender - Mannheim

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.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Tim Bender, Germany

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Tim Bender - Germany

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.

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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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