Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Frederik Gauthier won gold with Team Canada at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, but will not have that opportunity at the 2014 U20 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Team Canada will again be competing for a bronze medal at the World Junior Championship, and their opponent will be a familiar one. Russia landed in the battle for bronze by virtue of their 2-1 loss to Sweden, which marks the second straight year that the Russians and Canadians have faced off in the third-place tilt.
Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson has had a productive first full season in the SHL, scoring 14 goals and adding eight assists in 32 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The hosts of the 2014 World Junior Championship went a perfect 4-0 in the preliminary round, as Sweden dispatched Russia in their final game of the round, 3-2. The win sends the Swedes to a quarterfinal match against Slovakia on Thursday in Malmo, Sweden.
Photo: Forward Carter Verhaeghe is one of several high-scoring junior prospects for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Verhaeghe was selected in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs' dynamic duo of Connor Brown and Carter Verhaeghe are taking the OHL by storm this season. The two are among the most offensively gifted prospects in the Maple Leafs system, though both still have ways to go before becoming NHL players.
Photo: Abbotsford Heat forward and Calgary Flames prospect Corban Knight’s strong play from his final NCAA season has carried over into the early portion of the 2013-14 AHL season (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)
The American Hockey League’s Western Conference is approaching the end of the first quarter, and the wild, wild west is producing some dynamic offensive hockey players.
Photo: Forward Spencer Abbott has been a standout for the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Abbott is in his second full season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs strong start can be attributed to the depth they have accumulated over previous seasons. Under general manager Dave Nonis, the Maple Leafs continue to foster the development of their youth in hopes they will one day become NHL players.