2015 WJC Podcast: Preview of the four semi-final teams

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Sam Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart is the leading scorer for his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The final four countries are now set for the 2015 World Junior Championship. The semi-final pairings have been set, with Sweden and Russia squaring off in one game, while host Canada will do battle with Slovakia. Both games are rematches of preliminary round games. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: A preview of the quarterfinal matches that includes a Sweden-Finland rematch

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Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha has played well for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

With the preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship now completed, eight of the 10 countries participating at this WJC are moving on to the quarterfinals, while two countries will head to the relegation round. The USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and Denmark all live to fight another day in their quest for gold, with Switzerland and Germany trying to avoid demotion to next year’s D1A WJC. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: No clear favorite among Russian prospects at mid-season

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Alexander Dergachev - Team Russia

Photo: SKA-1946 St. Petersburg forward and 2015 prospect Alexander Dergachev is playing for Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, where he has produced one goal in four games so far (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

The 2014 NHL Draft saw 13 Russian players’ names called, an increase from the low results of the eight players selected in 2013, with this increase mostly attributed to the bigger flow of players in the Canadian Major Junior leagues. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Observations from Monday’s Sweden-Russia showdown

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Anton Blidh - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda forward and Boston Bruins prospect Anton Blidh was an impressive performer for Sweden in their showdown with Russia on Monday night (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

While Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship features arguably the top two teams in this year’s tournament, Group B also features two teams that in recent years have been among the WJC’s best. Those two countries, Sweden and Russia, squared off on Monday night with Sweden coming away with the 3-2 win in that showdown. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Goaltending, forwards should help Russia contend for a medal

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Ivan Provorov - Team Russia

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov is currently second in scoring among WHL defensemen with 37 points in 35 games (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

Team Russia will arrive at the 2015 World Junior Championship with some momentum after that country’s solid Subway Super Series win last month. The team, led by Valery Bragin, back to the national team after the two-year run by Mikhail Varnakov, features the usual powerful offensive force, very good goaltending and suspect defense. The absence of Buffalo Sabres‘ defenseman Nikita Zadorov will surely affect the team, as he was thought to be a potential first-pairing defenseman. Read more»

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