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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Skelleftea defenseman and 2014 prospect Marcus Pettersson is ranked 10th among European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Sweden has produced some talented defensemen for the NHL Draft in recent years. And, though the 2014 crop of defenders may not be as talented as more recent groups, there is still some good talent that will be available for the 2014 NHL Draft in June.