2014 U18 Video: Jayce Hawryluk, Canada

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Jayce Hawryluk - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2014 prospect Jayce Hawryluk had his draft ranking rise in Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft, going from 42 to his current ranking of 37 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Canada didn't get what they came for at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, but they are heading home with some hardware after winning the bronze medal game against Sweden, 3-1. A strong performance in net by Mason McDonald and goals from Brendan Perlini, Lawson Crouse and Travis Konecny were the difference in the game for the Canadians.

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2014 U18 Video: Travis Sanheim, Canada

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Travis Sanheim - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman and 2014 prospect Travis Sanheim (R) is one of three Hitmen players to be ranked among the top 90 prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft by Central Scouting (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Despite the disappointing semi-final loss to the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, Canada has turned in a solid effort at this year's tournament. They still have a shot at taking home the bronze medal, but that is small comfort for a country that is used to at least competing for the gold medal at these tournaments.

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2014 U18 Video: Connor Bleackley, Canada

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Connor Bleackley - Red Deer Rebels

Photo: Red Deer Rebels forward and 2014 prospect Connor Bleackley increased his point production 50 points from last season to the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Team Canada's drive for a second consecutive gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship came to an end in their semi-final match against the Czech Republic. Although Canada overcame a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the third period, the Czechs pulled out the 4-3 win in overtime on a goal by David Kase.

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2014 U18 Video: Ivan Nikolishin, Russia

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Ivan Nikolishin - Everett Silvertips

Photo: Everett Silvertips forward and 2014 prospect Ivan Nikolishin finished the 2014 U18 World Championship fourth in scoring on Team Russia’s roster (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Russia's roster at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship included nine players that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season. One of that North American contingent was forward Ivan Nikolishin, son of former NHL forward Andrei Nikolishin.

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2014 U18 Playoff Preview: Canada, USA top groupings heading into playoff round

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Yevgeni Svechnikov - Team Russia

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.

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