2014 WJC Preview: Canada seeks to recapture golden formula

by Kevin Forbes
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Anthony Mantha - Team Canada

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.

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Tigers’ goaltender Langhamer preparing to compete at 2014 WJC

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Marek Langhamer - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender and Phoenix Coyotes prospect Marek Langhamer is currently ranked 6th in the WHL with a goals-against average of 2.45 in 15 games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Just like all other participants at the 2014 Under-20 World Junior Championship, Team Czech Republic is amid its preparation for the annual pinnacle of the junior hockey season that is this time being held in the Swedish city of Malmö.

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Reinhart tops prospects for 2014 NHL Draft coming out of the WHL

by Glen Erickson
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Sam Reinhart and Griffin Reinhart - Team Canada

Photo: Kootenay Ice center and 2014 draft prospect Sam Reinhart (L), shown here competing against brother Griffin at Team Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp in Toronto, is considered both the top prospect coming out of the WHL for the 2014 NHL Draft along with being tabbed by some as the top prospect overall for this draft (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Back in June, the Western Hockey League saw 33 of its players selected at the NHL Draft in New Jersey. With the NHL festivities set for Philadelphia in 2014, scouting personnel are busy perusing the current WHL talent pool.

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Pulock appreciative of time spent with the Wheat Kings

by Glen Erickson
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Ryan Pulock - Team WHL

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Pulock recently played for Team WHL in the recent 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

If there is any truth to the notion that you can take a man out of a town but you can’t take the town out of the man, Ryan Pulock might soon become a poster-boy of sorts for that axiom. It seems inconceivable that the 19-year-old will ever be able to forget his Manitoba roots.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart holding steady as top prospect in December rankings

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Sam Reinhart - Team WHL

Photo: This month’s top prospect in the ISS Hockey rankings, Kootenay Ice center and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart, captained the WHL squad that took part in the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

No news is good news if you're Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, at least when it comes to the ISS Hockey December rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. Reinhart is holding steady as the top-ranked prospect for the coming year's draft, a position he has held in these rankings for the four releases that ISS Hockey has produced in the 2013 portion of this season.

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