Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Ryan Murphy, Jordan Binnington, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Canada

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Ryan Murphy - Canada

Photo: Team Canada defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Murphy generated a number of shots on goal, but was not able to generate much offense at the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After a run of 14 years of winning medals at the World Junior Championship, which included a string of five straight gold medals, Team Canada leaves Ufa, Russia empty-handed after losing to Russia 6-5 in overtime in a thrilling bronze medal match.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Leon Draisaitl, Germany

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Leon Draisaitl - Germany

Photo: German forward Leon Draisaitl, who plays for the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, came through for his country in a game they needed to win to stay in the WJC's top grouping (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For the German squad competing at the 2013 World Junior Championship, the main goal wasn't winning gold but instead simply avoiding relegation to next year's Division 1 WJC. Germany accomplished this goal, barely, defeating Lativa 5-2, marking the first time in 15 years that the Germans stayed in the top group in consecutive tournaments.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Morgan Rielly, Canada

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Morgan Rielly - Canada

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly and his Team Canada teammates will battle for the bronze medal against familiar protagonist, Russia (courtesy of Imago/Icon SMI)

For Team Canada, anything less than winning the gold medal at the U-20 World Junior Championship is considered a major disappointment. But, for the third consecutive year, Canada is in just that position as they dropped their WJC semi-final game to the USA, 5-1.

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Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Seth Jones, USA

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Seth Jones - USA

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones has been a productive part of a USA defensive unit that has produced a number of points at the 2013 World Juniors (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There is a handful of top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft taking part at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. While no player from this group has been dominating at this tournament, one player who has most likely solidified his status as a top prospect, and maybe THE top prospect, for this draft is USA defenseman, Seth Jones.

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Notes and quotes from the preliminary round of the 2013 World Juniors

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Aleksander Barkov - Finland

Photo: Highly-rated 2013 prospect Aleksander Barkov of Finland has roots in the country that is hosting the 2013 World Junior Championship, Russia (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Notes

Team Sweden is sporting the best power-play, coming in at 35.71%, while the USA tops penalty killing units at 88.24%. Interestingly enough, no team has been on the power-play more than Sweden and only Russia has been shorthanded less than the USA.

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