2014 WJC Video: Mikhail Grigorenko, Russia

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Mikhail Grigorenko - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko has seen limited action with the NHL club in 2013-14, scoring two goals and adding one assist in 18 games this season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The outcome is no doubt not what they hoped for, as Russia fell to host Sweden, 3-2, in their final game of the preliminary round at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Russia lives to fight another day, of course, but the road to the gold medal game just became slightly more difficult with the loss on New Year's Eve.

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2014 WJC Podcast: The story so far from Malmo

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2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, Malmo, Sweden

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.

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2014 WJC Preview: Russia’s goaltending will keep them in the hunt for WJC gold

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Ivan Barbashev - Team Russia

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and 2014 prospect Ivan Barbashev has a chance to increase his stock for the 2014 NHL Draft with a good performance at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Each year, Russia is usually among the contenders for the U20 World Junior Championship gold medal, with this year being no different as head coach Mikhail Varnakov will have at his disposal a very good team. Last month's Subway Super Series showed that Russia would ice a very competitive team as, with 14 players busy in the KHL, Team Russia still skated on a par with the CHL all-star teams that they faced.

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Russia features some good, second-tier talent for 2014 draft

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Vladimir Tkachyov - Team Russia

Photo: Omskiye Yastrebi Omsk forward and 2014 prospect Vladimir Tkachyov was one of the more offensively productive players for Russia during the recent Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

After having eight players selected during the 2013 NHL Draft, a decrease from 11 during the 2012 selections (three of them in the first round: Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Andrei Vasilevsky), Russia might see a rebound in the number of recruited players as the class of ’95- and ’96-born players is very solid and most likely better than the ’94 group.

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Zadorov adapts quickly in his return to OHL

by Jason Menard
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Nikita Zadorov - Team Russia

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov returned to junior hockey in style last week, picking up three assists in Russia’s 5-2 win over the OHL in the Subway Super Series (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Buffalo, NY is just over 230 kilometres away from London, ON — but the distance between the OHL and the NHL is far greater. But when the Buffalo Sabres decided to return 6’5 blueliner Nikita Zadorov to the junior league’s Knights, London’s dreams of a Memorial Cup win just got a whole lot closer to reality.

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