They came in with low expectations, and with one quasi-exception, they met those expectations marvelously. Between these four nations, there are four WJC medals throughout the history of the tournament. Switzerland, led from the back [...]
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    By Ryan Wagman, January 19th, 2018
    They came in with low expectations, and with one quasi-exception, they met those expectations marvelously. Between these four nations, there are four WJC medals throughout the history of the tournament. Switzerland, led from the back [...]
  • BUFFALO, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 28: Rasmus Kupari. Finland vs Denmark preliminary round 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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  • BUFFALO, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 29: USA's Casey Mittelstadt #11 controls the puck behind Canada's net during the preliminary round of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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  • BUFFALO, NEW YORK - JANUARY 5: Canada against Sweden during the gold medal game of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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  • SPISSKA NOVA VES, SLOVAKIA - APRIL 17: Russia's Andrei Svechnikov #14 skates with the puck during preliminary round action against Belarus at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Steve Kingsman/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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  • BUFFALO, NEW YORK - JANUARY 4: Sweden's Axel Fjallby Jonsson #22 and Isac Lundestrom #20 have words during semifinal round action against the U.S. at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
    By Jimmy Hamrin, January 12th, 2018
    The 2018 WJC provided promising steps for the Swedish development program. First, for an impressive eleventh WJC in a row, they won all four preliminary games. Most importantly, in the playoffs they beat a North [...]
  • BUFFALO, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 28: The Czech Republic's Martin Kaut #16 skates with the puck while Sweden's Jacob Moverare #27 chases him down during preliminary round action at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
    By Ryan Wagman, January 11th, 2018
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  • BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 28: Los Angeles Kings center Mike Amadio (52) during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings on October 28, 2016, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Kings defeated the Bruins 2-1 (OT). (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
    By Tom Dorsa, January 10th, 2018
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  • Kevin Bahl of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
    By Brock Otten, January 10th, 2018
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  • Jonah Gadjovich of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
    By Brock Otten, January 9th, 2018
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TOP 31 / McKeen's 2018 NHL Draft Rankings

RANKPLAYERPOSTEAMHT/WTDOBGP-G-A-PTS
1Rasmus DahlinDFrolunda (Swe)6-2/1852000-04-1325-5-6-11
2Andrei SvechnikovRWBarrie (OHL)6-2/1852000-03-2610-10-4-14
3Filip ZadinaRWHalifax (QMJHL)6-0/2001999-11-2730-23-21-44
4Adam BoqvistDBrynas (Swe Jr)5-11/1702000-08-1516-10-7-17
5Quinn HughesDMichigan (B1G)5-10/1751999-10-1415-1-9-10
6Brady TkachukLWBoston University (HE)6-3/1951999-09-1617-2-10-12
7Oliver WahlstromRWNTDP (USA)6-1/2052000-06-1323-16-15-31
8Ty SmithDSpokane (WHL)5-10/1802000-03-2428-5-23-28
9Jared McIsaacDHalifax (QMJHL)6-1/1952000-03-2729-2-14-16
10Ryan MerkleyDGuelph (OHL)5-11/1702000-08-1428-7-28-35
11Akil ThomasRWNiagara (OHL)5-11/1702000-01-0228-8-22-30
12Joel FarabeeLWNTDP (USA)5-11/1652000-02-2523-12-12-24
13Joe VelenoCSaint John (QMJHL)6-1/1952000-01-1331-6-25-31
14Noah DobsonDAcadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)6-3/1802000-01-0730-3-25-28
15Isac LundestromCLulea (Swe)6-0/1851999-11-0623-3-7-10
16Rasmus KupariCKarpat Oulu (Fin)6-1/1852000-03-1519-3-1-4
17Ryan McLeodCMississauga (OHL)6-2/2001999-09-2129-7-23-30
18Barrett HaytonCSault Ste Marie (OHL)6-1/1902000-06-0928-11-14-25
19Serron NoelRWOshawa (OHL)6-5/2002000-08-0824-14-8-22
20Jett WooDMoose Jaw (WHL)6-0/2052000-07-2718-6-11-17
21Bode WildeDNTDP (USA)6-2/1952000-01-2423-4-11-15
22Jesperi KotkaniemiCAssat Pori (Fin)6-1/1902000-07-0630-6-8-14
23Jacob OlofssonCTimra (Swe 2)6-2/1902000-02-0823-5-4-9
24Benoit-Olivier GroulxCHalifax (QMJHL)6-1/1952000-02-0630-15-9-24
25Jack McBainCToronto Jr Canadiens (OJHL)6-3/1952000-01-0631-12-26-38
26Calen AddisonDLethbridge (WHL)5-10/1802000-04-1128-6-26-32
27K'Andre MillerDNTDP (USA)6-3/2052000-01-2123-2-6-8
28Evan BouchardDLondon (OHL)6-2/1951999-10-2028-9-25-34
29Jonny TychonickDPenticton (BCHL)5-11/1752000-03-0325-5-18-23
30Grigori DenisenkoLWLoko Yaroslavl (Rus Jr)5-11/1652000-06-2419-3-8-11
31Alexander AlexeyevDRed Deer (WHL)6-3/2001999-11-1521-1-13-14