(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vadim Malinovski, Belarus

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Ivan Kulbakov - Team Belarus; Michael Spacek - Team Czech Republic - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Belarus goaltender Ivan Kulbakov goes into the boards with Czech Republic forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Michael Spacek during the Czech Republic’s 5-3 win over Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Perhaps there was no other outcome for Team Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, that outcome being a date with Switzerland in the relegation round of this tournament. The Belarusians haven’t played badly at this WJC, but nevertheless find themselves fighting to avoid a return to Division 1A at the U20 level. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Maxim Lazarev, Russia

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Max Lazarev - Team Russia - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Russia forward and 2016 prospect Maxim Lazarev is having another productive season in the QMJHL with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, posting 18 goals and 42 points in 30 games so far in 2015-16 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Russia has been nearly perfect at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with the only “blemish” being a shootout win over the Czech Republic on the opening day of the tournament. They continued their roll through the preliminary round on Day 4 of this WJC, defeating Belarus 4-1 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Strome, Nedeljkovic shine at World Juniors, Myers uses his head

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Dylan Strome - Team Canada - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Canada forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome is once again among the scoring leaders in the OHL, with Strome having posted 16 goals and 53 points in 25 games for the Erie Otters in 2015-16 (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship is underway in Helsinki, Finland, and there are a number of developing storylines. Dylan Strome and the Canadian squad rebounded following a loss to Alex Nedeljkovic and the United States, and both players find their way in the this week’s Prospect Impressions. Joining them are Louke Oakley and Sergei Mozyakin with a pair of beauties from Europe, while Tyler Myers and Kevin Shattenkirk prevent goals in unique fashion. Read more»

2016 WJC Preview: Team Belarus hoping to avoid one-and-done scenario in return to top junior level

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Stepan Falkovsky - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67’s defenseman and draft-eligible Stepan Falkovsky will be a towering presence for Team Belarus at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of CHL Images)

The Belarusians are back in the elite division at the World Junior Championship after making their last appearance at the 2007 WJC tournament, when the team’s stars were Sergei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Stefanovich. This time around, Team Belarus does not have such stars in their lineup, but instead has more depth down the roster. But the ultimate goal is the same: to avoid relegation at all costs. Read more»

2016 WJC Preview: Mix of good goaltending and forward depth could be medal recipe for Russia

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Evgeny Svechnikov - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Photo: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov is expected to be a main offensive cog for Russia at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

After returning home with a silver medal last year, Team Russia will make another strong push at a medal this year in Helsinki, Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Head Coach Valeri Bragin will have only three returnees from last year’s tournament, but the Russians are nevertheless expected to be in the group of gold medal contenders, especially due to excellent goaltending options and great offensive depth. Read more»

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