2014 U18 WJC Preview: Host Finland looking to improve on 2013 bronze finish

by Tony Piscotta
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Kasperi Kapanen - Team Finland

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and 2014 prospect Kasperi Kapanen, shown here playing at the 2013 U18 World Championship, will play for host Finland at the 2014 edition of this tournament (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Finland, the host team for the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, finished fifth in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament last summer despite winning three of the four games it played. With a number of key additions — particularly on defense — the U18 team competing in Imatra and Laapenranta should be stronger than the team that skated in Piestany, Slovakia.

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Vancouver Canucks have small group of defensemen and wingers developing in NCAA and Europe

by Larenzo Jensen
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Ben Hutton - Maine Black Bears

Photo: Maine defenseman Ben Hutton played a strong sophomore season and led the entire team with 15 goals in 2013-14 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The recent parting of ways between the Vancouver Canucks and former President and General Manager Mike Gillis will no doubt have implications for their prospects, current and future.

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2014 U18 WJC Preview: Russia roster features several players with North American experience

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Aleksandar Mikulovich - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2014 prospect Aleksandar Mikulovich is one of several players on Russia’s U18 roster that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

After last year's disappointing results, a fourth place finish on home soil, Team Russia will present itself at the U18 World Championship with a good roster that includes many players competing in Canada's major junior leagues. The roster also features a good selection of players playing in Russia, some of them with KHL experience.

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Boston Bruins have several prominent prospects playing in NCAA and Europe

by Richard Murray
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Zane Gothberg - Boston Bruins

Photo: Goaltender Zane Gothberg had a breakout year with North Dakota, posting a 20-10-3 record en route to an appearance in the 2014 Frozen Four. Gothberg was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins have most of their prime prospects playing at the professional level in North America, but there are still a few prominent names that are currently playing in Europe or at the collegiate level.

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Panthers leap over Sabres to land top pick in NHL Draft Lottery

by Ken McKenna
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Bill Daly - 2014 NHL Draft Lottery

Photo: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly holds up the card showing the Florida Panthers as the winner of the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Maybe second is the new first, at least when it comes to the NHL Draft Lottery, the latest of which took place on Tuesday evening. In the prior two lotteries, the 29th-ranked club ended up with the first selection, and that trend held in the 2014 edition as this season's 29th club, the Florida Panthers, ended up walking away with the first selection overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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