Photo: The host country for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden, has performed well so far at this WJC, going undefeated in three games including a 5-3 win over Switzerland on opening night (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
It has been an interesting 2014 World Junior Championship so far, with one major upset plus a fair amont of offense being generated, albeit with a couple of teams proving to be far more generous than most of the field competing in Malmo, Sweden.
Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the scoring hero for Canada on Day 1 of the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Canada opened the 2014 World Junior Championship with an offensive display, posting a 7-2 victory over Germany. 12 different Canadian players made the scoresheet in this game, the most prominent being forward Anthony Mantha, who potted a hat trick in the win.
Photo: The goal-scoring touch of Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha could be a needed ingredient if Canada is to take gold at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
There's an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Although Canada is definitely a hockey mad country, especially when it comes to the World Junior Championship tournament, the brain trust at Hockey Canada has changed their approach to selecting their 2014 Under-20 team in hopes of once again finding a golden result.
Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward and 2014 draft prospect Clark Bishop has been chosen to play for Team Orr at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Dave Connell/HF)
In the 2012-13 season, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles were the worst team in the QMJHL, if not the entire CHL. Coming on the heels of two lackluster seasons of rebuilding, the Eagles won just 14 games out of the 68-game schedule and endured lengthy injuries to their top players at every position.
Photo: This month’s top prospect in the ISS Hockey rankings, Kootenay Ice center and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart, captained the WHL squad that took part in the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
No news is good news if you're Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, at least when it comes to the ISS Hockey December rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. Reinhart is holding steady as the top-ranked prospect for the coming year's draft, a position he has held in these rankings for the four releases that ISS Hockey has produced in the 2013 portion of this season.