Czech Republic World Junior Team: Goaltenders and Defensemen

The Czech Republic U-20 World Junior team are considered big underdogs behind the big favourites in Pool B, Russia and Sweden. Barring any meltdowns (think Finland in 2017), they should finish ahead of Switzerland and Belarus for 3rd place. Even then, they’ll be playing either Canada or the United States in the Quarter-finals.

The road to the medal round will be tough for the Czech team, led by the 2018 draft eligible goaltender Jakub Skarek, who at age 17 was in goal for their quarter-final loss to Canada that ended their medal hopes.

They don’t have many returning players on the backend, but the team will be led by a trio of defenders who call the Western Hockey League home, perhaps giving them a slight edge on the North American ice surface.

Let’s take a look at the goaltenders and defensemen who will be on the Czech Republic U-20 World Junior team.

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The Top WHL Players Eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft

The 2018 NHL Draft is nearly 7 months away but it is never too early to take a look at who may be the top players taken when the 31 teams converge in Dallas, Texas next June. Today, we take a look at the top players available from the Western Hockey League.

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Using the CHL Canada-Russia Series as a Measure of Future Professional Success

The WHL portion of the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series is over and after a dominating 7-0 win in Moose Jaw, the Western Hockey League All-Stars lost 4-3 to the Russian team after leading 3-0 in Swift Current. Victoria Royals star Matthew Phillips had one goal in these two games, and although that is nothing to sneeze at, fans of the Royals and those who follow the Calgary Flames prospect were likely hoping for a more Dillon Dube-like domination.

But does how a player do in these two games guarantee any future professional success? Do not fear, here is a list of players with only 1 goal in a single 2-game series, as well as players who had great games and saw little to zero future in the NHL.

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The CSSHL and the Victoria Royals

The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (the CSSHL) has developed into quite the development league for Western Hockey League teams and the Victoria Royals especially. Eleven of their draft picks from the 2016 and 2017 WHL Bantam Drafts are currently playing in either the Midget Prep or Elite 15s Division, with some varying success. Let’s run down who’s doing what, and if success at this level could translate to success with the Royals down the line.

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2017 NHL Draft Rankings

Now look, I know what you are thinking. Who are you and why do you think you can just make your own draft rankings? Now that’s a great question and one I’m going to ignore and just get to my exclusive 2017 NHL DRAFT RANKINGS!

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The 2011-2014 WHL Bantam Drafts: Recapping the Royals and Their Choices

The Four Part Series below:

Part 1: The 2011 WHL Draft

Part 2: The 2012 WHL Draft

Part 3: The 2013 WHL Draft

Part 4: The 2014 WHL Draft

Part 5, the final part, will be a little bit of a recap, going over these four drafts and how important they were to the Victoria Royals franchise.

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The Victoria Royals Draft History: The 2014 Edition

We have chronicled 2011 through 2013 in previous editions of the series, and now for the last one. 2014 is the final draft year that we can really judge since the players in the 2015 and 2016 drafts haven’t played enough at this point in their careers.

So, without further ado, the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft:

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