2013 WJC Review: Switzerland takes difficult path to playoff round berth

by Rafik Soliman
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Sven Andrighetto - Switzerland

Photo: While Switzerland's success at the 2013 World Juniors was based mostly on effective team play, forward Sven Andrighetto provided offense when the team needed it (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After last year’s trip to the relegation round, Team Switzerland managed to sneak back into the top-6 at the 2013 World Junior Championship, although this year they took a pretty unusual route to claim one of the four berths in the quarter-finals.

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Notes and quotes from the preliminary round of the 2013 World Juniors

by Chapin Landvogt
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Aleksander Barkov - Finland

Photo: Highly-rated 2013 prospect Aleksander Barkov of Finland has roots in the country that is hosting the 2013 World Junior Championship, Russia (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Notes

Team Sweden is sporting the best power-play, coming in at 35.71%, while the USA tops penalty killing units at 88.24%. Interestingly enough, no team has been on the power-play more than Sweden and only Russia has been shorthanded less than the USA.

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Plenty of intrigue heading into medal, relegation rounds at 2013 World Juniors

by Chapin Landvogt
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Nail Yakupov - Russia

Photo: Although Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov has generated a bit of offense for Russia at the 2013 WJC, he has not been the offensive force he will need to be if Russia is to take the gold medal (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For hockey fans across the globe, the preliminary round of the 2013 IIHF WJC has been just about everything anyone had ever hoped for. There’s been no lack of tension, rivalries, intrigue and background stories that have come together to make this tournament the type that fans everywhere crave.

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2013 WJC Preview: Switzerland has intensity but lacks star power

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Tanner Richard - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph Storm forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Tanner Richard will be Switzerland's key faceoff specialist at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For the past two years, the under-20 national team of Switzerland has been desperately trying to reach the quarter-finals of the World Junior Championship. But, after two WJC's with heartbreaking losses in the decisive preliminary round game, and despite Swiss Ice Hockey’s success in avoiding relegation, the team saw a major coaching staff overhaul during the summer.

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Scout’s Perch: Four Nations lacks star power but not talent

by Josh Deitell
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Steve Santini - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman Steve Santini is considered a top defensive prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sitting in a sea of peacoats, it’s difficult to feel unique.

The idea of scouting as an exercise in finding diamonds in the rough is long dead. This is particularly evident at talent gatherings like the Four Nations Tournament, which took place from November 6th thru the 10th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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