Photo: Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid’s first OHL season was a personal success, and he has carried over that performance to the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Hype is nothing new to Team Canada's Connor McDavid as it has followed him since he was granted exceptional player status as a 15-year-old, which allowed him to compete in the OHL one year earlier than other players in his age group.
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: Plymouth Whalers forward and Florida Panthers prospect Vince Trocheck, shown here playing for the Saginaw Spirit, is looking to secure his second title in 2012-13 after winning gold with the USA at the 2013 U20 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Plymouth Whalers are looking to storm the castle and prevent a second-consecutive OHL coronation of the London Knights — and they’ll be relying on their own scoring king to lead the charge.
Photo: Soo Greyhounds forward Sergei Tolchinsky adjusted well to the North American during his OHL rookie season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The host country for the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Russia, completed the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0 record after defeating the Czech Republic, 5-2, in their final match of the opening round.
Photo: Team Canada forward Sam Bennett, shown here playing for the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, is making his first appearance at the U18 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Team Canada won their first two contests at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, over Slovakia and Germany, but neither were in as convincing a fashion as might have been expected. But, in Canada's 10-1 win over Switzerland, the Canadians seemed to have all aspects of their game operating like a well-oiled machine as they head into their key match-up versus Sweden.