2014 WJC Preview: Switzerland hoping for a move beyond the quarterfinals

by Rafik Soliman
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Dario Simion - Team Switzerland

Photo: Swiss forward Dario Simion, who received a look at the Chicago Blackhawks development camp this past summer, is appearing in his third and final World Junior Championship (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Traditionally, Switzerland holds their World Junior Championship preliminary camp in the snowy ski resort of Lenzerheide. But before this year's camp began, the Swiss took a major blow as their first-line center and Minnesota Wild draft choice Christoph Bertschy was injured during a National League A game with SC Bern. Not only is Bertschy an experienced player of two WJC's, but he would have served as team captain if he had remained healthy.

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2013 Ivan Hlinka: Swiss forward Fiala honing his game in Sweden

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Kevin Fiala - HV71

Photo: HV71 forward and 2014 prospect Kevin Fiala is looking to continue the string of Swiss prospects chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft (courtesy of Andy Mueller/freshfocus)

 

Luca Sbisa, Nino Niederreiter, Sven Baertschi, Mirco Mueller. Since 2008, Switzerland has had more success in the first round of the NHL Draft than Slovakia or the Czech Republic, the two countries that hosted the annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and two of the hockey nations generally regarded as being stronger than Switzerland. If this trend continues, the Swiss may well surpass those two nations.

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NHL Draft may be just out of reach for 2013 Swiss prospects

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Dean Kukan - Switzerland

Photo: Siwss defenseman Dean Kukan is developing his game outside of the Swiss leagues, as he plays for Lulea in Sweden (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

It has been a strong season for Swiss hockey. Not only did they reach the quarterfinals at both the junior and senior levels, but they even managed, for the first time in almost a century, to be the runner-up for the senior World Championship title. But this recent and unexpected success does not mean that everything in the junior development system is rosy, and that Switzerland will produce NHL-caliber prospects for the next decade.

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2013 U18 WJC Playoffs: Canada, Russia could renew gold medal rivalry

by Chapin Landvogt
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Vladimir Tkachev - Russia

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.

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2013 U18 WJC Video: Xeno Busser, Switzerland

by Chapin Landvogt
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Photo: Swiss defensemen Xeno Busser (L) and Jonas Siegenthaler (R) pose together following their country's opening win over Slovakia at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Photo: Swiss defensemen Xeno Busser (L) and Jonas Siegenthaler (R) pose together following their country’s opening win over Slovakia at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Switzerland wanted to start well at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and they did exactly that after taking a 4-1 win from Slovakia on Day 2 of the tournament.

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