Plenty of intrigue heading into medal, relegation rounds at 2013 World Juniors

by Chapin Landvogt
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Nail Yakupov - Russia

Photo: Although Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov has generated a bit of offense for Russia at the 2013 WJC, he has not been the offensive force he will need to be if Russia is to take the gold medal (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For hockey fans across the globe, the preliminary round of the 2013 IIHF WJC has been just about everything anyone had ever hoped for. There’s been no lack of tension, rivalries, intrigue and background stories that have come together to make this tournament the type that fans everywhere crave.

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Seth Jones tops WHL prospect contingent for 2013 NHL Draft

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Seth Jones - Team McClanahan

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defender Seth Jones, shown here playing at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game, looks to be the best among the WHL prospects at the midpoint of the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

At the 2012 NHL Draft in Minneapolis, it was well-known in advance that the Western Hockey League contingent consisted of five top defensemen.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Mark McNeill, Canada

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Mark McNeill - WHL

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill has switched from being an offensive catalyst to instead be more of a role player at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Bad news for Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon was good news for Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeill.

Hudon, who plays for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, was unable to participate at the 2013 World Junior Championship after injuring his back. Enter McNeill of the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, who replaced Hudon on Team Canada's roster shortly before the start of the tournament.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Tomas Hyka and Patrik Bartosak, Czech Republic

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Tomas Hyka - Czech Republic

Photo: Czech Republic forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Tomas Hyka (#27), shown here playing at the 2012 WJC, is playing in his second U-20 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

If one were looking for an upset from the first three days of the 2013 World Junior Championship, probably the closest example came on Day 3 of the tournament with the Czech Republic's 3-1 win over Finland.

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Halifax Mooseheads remain the top team in the CHL

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Scott Harrington - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Harrington will take a leave of absence from the #2 Knights to represent his country at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the fourteenth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

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