Photo: Team Canada goaltender and 2014 prospect Mason McDonald has seen his draft stock rise in the second half of the 2013-14 season, moving from a 7th ranking in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings to 2nd in their final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Although there have been complaints in recent years related to Team Canada's goaltending at some of the World Junior tournaments, there aren't likely to be many when it comes to the goaltending that Canada received from Mason McDonald at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.
Photo: Current Hockey Canada head coach and former NHL forward Kevin Dineen has guided Canada to medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Team Canada head coach Kevin Dineen has had a varied 2013-14 season, having taken the Canadian women's team to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics while also guiding Canada to a bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.
Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), shown here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round.
Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and 2014 prospect Vaclav Karabacek turned in a solid rookie season in the QMJHL, scoring 21 goals and adding 26 assists for 47 points in 65 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The Czech Republic has so far had a bit of a mixed bag at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, but they are very much in the mix to battle for a medal. After three games, the Czechs have five points off a regulation win, an shootout win, and a loss that places them fourth in Group B.
Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2014 prospect Brayden Point, shown here playing in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, could be an important offensive contributor for Canada at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The defending IIHF Under-18 World Championship, gold-medal-winning Team Canada has arrived in Finland ready to defend its title with a squad that’s laden with international experience and elite talent.