2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Finland, Slovakia and Germany work to avoid relegation

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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland

Photo: TPS forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen has played well at the 2015 World Junior Championship for a Finland squad that has struggled to match their gold medal ways at last year’s WJC (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

When you’re a country placed in the same grouping as Canada and the USA – two especially talented squads this time around – it can be a tough road to hoe. Such is the case for Finland, Slovakia and Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship as they do battle in Group A along with those two perennial powers in their quest to earn a medal at this tournament. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Slovakia could play role of spoiler while avoiding relegation

by Chapin Landvogt
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Peter Cehlarik - Lulea Hockey

Photo: Lulea forward and Boston Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik will be a key offensive performer for Slovakia at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

After a real rollercoaster ride at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, Slovakia bounced back to the fun and promise of WJC playoff hockey play at the 2014 WJC. But the fun was over when they ran into a Swedish team that looked ready for gold medal destiny. Nonetheless, it was a tournament where super prospect Marko Dano was able to reaffirm hockey minds that he’s the real deal. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Dano pockets two points in Blue Jackets’ win

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Artem Anisimov and Marko Dano - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets players Artem Anisimov (L) and Marko Dano (R) celebrate Anisimov’s goal, which included a Dano assist that was his first NHL point, in the Blue Jackets’ 5-2 win (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

 

While there may not have been an expectation prior to the start of training camp that he would be on the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ roster to start the 2014-15 season, forward Marko Dano has wasted little time in making an impact on the scoresheet. Dano netted his first NHL goal in his team’s second game of the season – the Blue Jackets’ home opener – as Dano’s team went on to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Read more»

ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart, Ekblad tighten hold on top slots

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Sam Reinhart - Kootenay Ice

Photo: Kootenay Ice captain and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart will likely enter the 2014 NHL Draft as the top-ranked prospect according to ISS Hockey (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The calendar has flipped over to May, but the top 10 in the ISS Hockey ranking of the 2014 NHL Draft prospects looks an awful lot like the top of the order in April's rankings.

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2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

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Yevgeni Svechnikov - Team Russia

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.

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