Photo: USA defenseman Steve Santini has been ranked among the first round talent for the 2013 NHL Draft since taking part in the 2012 All-American Prospects Game in September (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Although Team USA's defense lacks some of the star power that was on hand at the U18 World Junior Championship last year in the Czech Republic, this year's group has played very well during the team's march to their semi-final meeting with Russia.
Photo: Team USA defenseman Keaton Thompson has seen his 2013 draft ranking remain relatively steady over the course of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Both the USA and Sweden entered the playoff round at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship having lost their final game of the preliminary round. As fate would have it, the two teams faced off against one another in the U18 quarter-finals, with Sweden hoping to end a losing streak to the USA that includes three consecutive goal medal game losses at this event.
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.
Photo: St. John’s Prep center Brian Pinho, a likely selection at the 2013 NHL Draft, will attend Providence College beginning in the fall of 2013 (courtesy of Mr. David Malaro/St. John’s Prep)
Despite a tough exit in the Massachusetts high school Super Eight tournament, Brian Pinho has had a lot of support at St. John’s Prep to help him get ready for this season's NHL Draft.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and Florida Panthers prospect Vince Trocheck, shown here playing for the Saginaw Spirit, is looking to secure his second title in 2012-13 after winning gold with the USA at the 2013 U20 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Plymouth Whalers are looking to storm the castle and prevent a second-consecutive OHL coronation of the London Knights — and they’ll be relying on their own scoring king to lead the charge.