Photo: Forward Vladimir Tkachev has been the scoring star so far for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The preliminary round has come and gone at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and Groups A and B each featured one fairly dominant team.
Photo: Swedish forward William Nylander is one of a few 2014 NHL Draft prospects taking part in the 2013 U18 World Juniors (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Just as Finland's U18 roster features a last name that is familiar to fans of NHL hockey, so to does Sweden's roster. Forward William Nylander is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Michael Nylander, and early returns suggest that he just might be up to the task.
Photo: Swedish forward Leon Bristedt has been a productive forward for his country in international play (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Sweden continued their roll through the preliminary round of the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship as they registered a 5-2 win over Slovakia on Day 4 of this tournament. Five players registered two points each in the win, continuing Sweden's approach of winning by committee.
Photo: Swedish defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Robert Hagg captained Sweden’s Four Nations squad, and will be counted as a leader for his country’s U18 team (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Team Sweden can proudly look back upon three straight silver medals. What has certainly left a very bitter taste in the program’s mouth is the fact that all three have been pushed upon them in the gold medal game by Team USA, who has accordingly won three straight gold medals. It isn’t enough that several of the current team’s players not only experienced last spring’s 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Team USA, but several others also found themselves subjected to the 3-1 gold medal game loss to the US at the WJC this past winter.
Photo: Swedish forward Viktor Arvidsson has been a productive player for his country in international play (courtesy of Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Surpassed by opponents and passed over by scouts, Viktor Arvidsson is a frequent silver medalist without an NHL affiliation. The latter figures to be changing this summer, though, after his impressive performance for Sweden at the recently-concluded World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.