2015 WJC Preview: Draisaitl-less Germany lacks star power of top countries

by Chapin Landvogt
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Markus Eisenschmid - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers forward Markus Eisenschmid will be an important part of Germany’s offensive attack at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

They’ve made a routine of it, and it’s been just enough to stick to date. For two years running, Team Germany has decided the relegation round in their favor and managed to stave off relegation accordingly at the World Junior Championship. Read more»

Influx of new prospects making impact on New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate

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Ryan Pulock - New York Islanders

Photo: Defenseman Ryan Pulock has made an immediate impact on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, managing 11 goals and five assists in his first 25 games. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The New York Islanders have an abundance of prospects playing at the professional level. The influx of junior prospects from last season has led to an improved Sound Tiger team.

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2015 WJC Preview: Sweden looks to break string of silvers with gold medal

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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: MODO forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will lead the offense for Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

 

The drama last winter in Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship could hardly be topped. Playing at home in front of crowds sized larger than 12,500 per game, Team Sweden defeated one opponent after another with a literal dream team of U20 athletes. Then they faced the tourney’s upstart team, and their archrival, Finland and it seemed the stars were aligned for a victory parade that few Swedish junior teams had ever topped. Winning the WJC in their home country would have been a story ripe for Hollywood. Read more»

Nashville Predators’ young Admirals team provides franchise depth

by Tony Piscotta
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Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Austin Watson has struggled to regain his form from last season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Austin Watson has been an inconsistent scorer for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Milwaukee Admirals have one of the youngest lineups in the American Hockey League — with nine first-year pros and 15 players 23 years of age or younger, including both goaltenders. Three of those rookies are among the scoring leaders for the Admirals while both goalies have been impressive at times.

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2015 WJC Preview: Finland looks to repeat last year’s gold medal performance

by Tony Piscotta
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Julius Honka - Texas Stars

Photo: Texas Stars defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Julius Honka will be a key piece of Finland’s defensive unit at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

When the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament started there were few “experts” who would have picked Finland to emerge with the gold medal. With Canada a heavy favorite as the home team and many of the stars from last year’s Finland squad having moved on, that is once again the case at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship. Read more»

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