Photo: Although his contributions didn't come on the scoresheet, Team Canada defenseman Scott Harrington was a steady, reliable performer at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The expectation for Canada is always the same: nothing short of a gold medal. But in recent history, the results have fallen short.
After a pair of silver medals and a bronze over the last three World Juniors, Canada was once again tasked with bringing home the gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Photo: Quebec Remparts forward Nick Sorensen just returned to his QMJHL club after competing for silver medalist Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The plight of a junior hockey franchise is normally cyclic, with a core group of players starting out, maturing together and competing before eventually graduating from the league.
Photo: Team Canada forward and Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau had a productive 2013 WJC, but it was not enough to keep Canada's medal-winning streak alive (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Despite the high-scoring bronze medal loss to Russia at the 2013 World Junior Championship, Team Canada's forwards in general were not as productive a group as they were expected to be at this WJC.
Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko played a major role in helping Russia advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
After winning gold and silver at the last two World Junior Championships, 2013 host country Russia find themselves in a position to bring home another medal, possibly gold, in front of a home crowd.
Photo: Highly-rated 2013 prospect Aleksander Barkov of Finland has roots in the country that is hosting the 2013 World Junior Championship, Russia (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Team Sweden is sporting the best power-play, coming in at 35.71%, while the USA tops penalty killing units at 88.24%. Interestingly enough, no team has been on the power-play more than Sweden and only Russia has been shorthanded less than the USA.