Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Ryan Hitchcock is slated to attend Yale University starting in the fall of 2014 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
While there is a fair amount of star power on Team USA's squad competing at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, the roster also sports an unheralded player or two that bring something other than offensive skills or imposing size. One such player is forward Ryan Hitchcock.
Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Glover is ranked 38th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final list for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Team USA brought their usual complement of talented defensemen to the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. One of those skilled defenders, Jack Glover, has provided the type of solid, two-way play that has been his stock in trade this season.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers goaltender and 2014 prospect Alex Nedeljkovic followed up a season where he was named the OHL First Team goaltender by winning the OHL Goaltender of the Year award in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Two of Team USA's five wins at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship have been shutouts. The first shutout, a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic, was posted by starting netminder Alex Nedeljkovic, while backup Edwin Minney got the win in a 7-0 victory over Denmark.
Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Sonny Milano is the leading scorer for the U.S. at the 2014 U18 World Championship, having scored two goals and four assists in four games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The U.S. completed the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship as the top team in Group B. Team USA accomplished this feat on the strength of three consecutive wins after an opening loss to Switzerland.
Photo: Team Russia forward Yevgeni Svechnikov (L), shown here competing at last year’s U18 tournament, has been the top offensive player for Russia at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
The preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship is over and the playoff match-ups are set. Despite the odd surprise performances to start off the tournament, the teams have finished off group play in a manner conducive with most expectations coming in. Take a look at who’s up against whom in the playoffs and who you should expect to move on to the next round.