Off the Radar: Five overlooked prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft

by Chris Roberts
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Adam Helewka - Spokane Chiefs

Photo: Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Helewka nearly doubled his point total of 2012-13, picking up 50 points during the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft is still two months away, but it is never too early to take a look at some of the prospects eligible for this year's draft that have been passed over in previous drafts. This edition of "Off the Radar" looks at five prospects that could finally have their names called over the course of the two-day draft taking place in Philadelphia, PA in late June.

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2014 U18 Video: William Nylander, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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William Nylander - Team Sweden

Photo: Sweden forward and 2014 prospect William Nylander is making his case at the U18 tournament for being the top European prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, a distinction given by Central Scouting to Finland’s Kasperi Kapanen (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Heading into the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, there was little doubt that Sweden forward William Nylander would be one of the more high profile players at this tournament. But it is doubtful that many expected the slick forward to turn the tournament into his own personal playground.

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2014 U18 Video: Gustav Forsling, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Gustav Forsling - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and 2014 prospect Gustav Forsling is ranked 25th among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden headed into the playoff round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Chapionship looking like a confident, determined team. But few would have predicted the blowout win the Swedes inflicted on neighbor and rival, Finland, in the teams' quarterfinal matchup.

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2014 U18 Video: Adam Ollas Mattsson, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Adam Ollas Mattsson - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and 2014 prospect Adam Ollas Mattsson competed at three different levels in the Djurgarden organization during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Sweden has iced another competitive team for this year's IIHF U18 World Championship. They tied for second in their group, two points behind Canada, and have opened the playoff round with a resounding 10-0 win over host country and archrival, Finland.

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

by Chapin Landvogt
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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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