Ranking the Medal Contenders for the IIHF World Junior Championships

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Ranking the Medal Contenders for the IIHF World Junior Championships
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The world's best U-20 hockey players have arrived in Ufa, Russia for the IIHF World Junior Championships. With the games set to begin on December 26, it's time to pick the medal favorites for this winter's competition. 

The tournament will open with a two-group round-robin phase that will give way to a single-elimination medal round featuring three teams from each group.

The groups are as follows:

Group A Group B
Sweden Russia 
Finland Canada
Czech Republic Slovakia
Switzerland USA
Latvia Germany

Sweden, Russia and Canada claimed the medals in Calgary and Edmonton last winter and will face a stiff challenge from this year's field. 

Here is a look at the medal contenders.

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