Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar is having a good season in Edmonton, notching 21 goals and 16 assists in 27 games while sporting a +22 rating (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
After suffering a surprising loss to the Czech Republic in the second game of the preliminary round, Canada circled the wagons and gutted out a pair of wins, over Slovakia and the USA, to take the top seed in Group A at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Photo: EV Landshut defenseman is competing in his first U20 World Junior Championship for Germany (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Heading into their fourth and final match of the 2014 World Junior Championship's preliminary round, Germany needed to reverse their trend of the first three games in which they surrendered copious amounts of goals to the opposition. And reverse it they did, as the Germans notched a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic to at least give themselves a shot at avoiding the relegation round.
Photo: The host country for the 2014 World Junior Championship, Sweden, has performed well so far at this WJC, going undefeated in three games including a 5-3 win over Switzerland on opening night (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
It has been an interesting 2014 World Junior Championship so far, with one major upset plus a fair amont of offense being generated, albeit with a couple of teams proving to be far more generous than most of the field competing in Malmo, Sweden.
Photo: Kootenay Ice captain and 2014 draft prospect Sam Reinhart is one of two players on Canada’s 2014 WJC roster that is eligible for this year’s NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
While most of the Team Canada squad taking part in the 2014 World Junior Championship is made up of players drafted by NHL clubs, there is a couple of exceptions on this year's roster. One of those exceptions is forward Sam Reinhart, who plays for the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.
Photo: The goal-scoring touch of Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha could be a needed ingredient if Canada is to take gold at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
There's an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Although Canada is definitely a hockey mad country, especially when it comes to the World Junior Championship tournament, the brain trust at Hockey Canada has changed their approach to selecting their 2014 Under-20 team in hopes of once again finding a golden result.