2013 WJC Preview: Avoiding relegation tops Germany’s to-do list at World Juniors

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Dominik Kahun - Sudbury Wolves

Photo: Offense may be hard to come by for Germany at the 2013 World Junior Championship, but one player they will look to for scoring is forward Dominik Kahun of the OHL's Sudbury Wolves (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

With the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, Team Germany is returning to hockey’s belle étage after a one year sojourn to the Division 1, Group A tournament, which Germany hosted in December of 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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Hofner looks forward to Germany’s return to top WJC grouping

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Ernst Hoefner - German National Juniors

Photo: Germany's coach for the 2013 World Junior Championship, Ernst Hoefner, has played a major role in the improvement of that country's junior hockey program (courtesy of Marco Leipold/WCOH via Getty Images)

The German WJC entry for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships held in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY included one of the best assortments of young hockey players the country had put together in quite some time, including NHL draft picks Philipp Grubauer (WAS), Konrad Abeltshauser (SJS), Tom Kuhnhackl (PIT), Marcel Noebels (PHI), Tobias Rieder (EDM) and Mirko Hoefflin (CHI).

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Germany sports few 2012 NHL Draft prospects

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Photo: Goaltender Mathias Niederberger of the OHL's Barrie Colts is one of a handful of German prospects that might have their name called at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)

 

German hockey has produced very few NHL Draft prospects directly, although some players have been selected after apprenticing in the CHL leagues.  This year is likely no different for that country, with only a trio of prospects having any real chance of being chosen in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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2012 World Championship: Justin Krueger, Germany

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Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Justin Krueger is taking part in his third Men's World Championship tournament with the German squad (courtesy of Jamie Kellner/HF)

 

 

 

A 2006 draftee of the Carolina Hurricanes, restricted free agent Justin Krueger just completed his first full year in the AHL after 4 years at Cornell and a season in the Swiss NLA. The 6’3”, 205-pound defensive defenseman put up mild offensive totals, but did manage to collect a plus 16 rating in 58 games while playing for the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

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Keeping Up: A Preview of Teams Germany and Denmark at the 2012 U18 Tournament

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The IIHF 2012 U18 Tournament taking place in Brno, Znojmo and now Breclav, Czech Republic, kicked off yesterday. The tournament goals of northern neighbors Germany and Denmark are officially different, but on paper quite the same; somehow surprise in the uphill battle of the initial round or then avoid relegation at all costs in the relegation round. This will be no easy task for either team.

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