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Here's a quick primer for this year's World Junior Championship.

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The World Junior Championships are upon us! The world's best hockey youth are set to represent their countries, and NHL teams in an action-packed tournament.

Detroit will be sending a handful of their prospects to Helsinki to compete. Here's the list:

Red Wings Prospects participating in the year's tournament:

Canada: Joe Hicketts (undrafted)

Sweden: Christoffer Ehn (2014, 106th overall), Axel Holmstrom (2014, 196th overall)

Finland: Vili Saarijarvi (2015, 73rd overall)

Russia: Evgeny Svechnikov (2015, 19th overall)

Switzerland: Joren van Pottelberghe (2015, 110th overall)

I am personally picking Team Sweden to take the entire tournament by storm, so keep an eye on both Ehn and Holmstrom. Ehn will serve as a bottom-six forward, while Holmstrom should slate right in the top-six. Joe Hicketts will be the bonafide top defenseman for Canada, as he's one of the best in the tournament, and a seasoned WJC veteran. Additionally, Red Wings new-comers Evgeny Svechnikov and Vili Saarijarvi are locks to get some big minutes for their teams as well. Svechnikov is a player that not many Red Wings faithful know of, so if you have the chance to watch Russia play, keep an eye out for him. He's a lot of fun to watch.

How to watch: TSN, NHL Network

Tournament Website

Statistics Page

Full Schedule:

Game ID

Round

Group

Date

Visitor

Home

Status

1

Preliminary

B

Sat Dec 26

Russia

Czech Republic

7:00 AM EST

2

Preliminary

A

Sat Dec 26

Sweden

Switzerland

9:00 AM EST

3

Preliminary

B

Sat Dec 26

Belarus

Finland

11:00 AM EST

4

Preliminary

A

Sat Dec 26

Canada

United States

1:00 PM EST

5

Preliminary

B

Sun Dec 27

Slovakia

Belarus

11:00 AM EST

6

Preliminary

A

Sun Dec 27

Switzerland

Denmark

1:00 PM EST

7

Preliminary

B

Mon Dec 28

Czech Republic

Slovakia

7:00 AM EST

8

Preliminary

A

Mon Dec 28

United States

Sweden

9:00 AM EST

9

Preliminary

B

Mon Dec 28

Finland

Russia

11:00 AM EST

10

Preliminary

A

Mon Dec 28

Denmark

Canada

1:00 PM EST

11

Preliminary

B

Tue Dec 29

Russia

Belarus

11:00 AM EST

12

Preliminary

A

Tue Dec 29

Canada

Switzerland

1:00 PM EST

13

Preliminary

B

Wed Dec 30

Belarus

Czech Republic

7:00 AM EST

14

Preliminary

A

Wed Dec 30

Denmark

Sweden

9:00 AM EST

15

Preliminary

B

Wed Dec 30

Finland

Slovakia

11:00 AM EST

16

Preliminary

A

Wed Dec 30

Switzerland

United States

1:00 PM EST

17

Preliminary

B

Thu Dec 31

Slovakia

Russia

7:00 AM EST

18

Preliminary

A

Thu Dec 31

United States

Denmark

9:00 AM EST

19

Preliminary

B

Thu Dec 31

Czech Republic

Finland

11:00 AM EST

20

Preliminary

A

Thu Dec 31

Sweden

Canada

1:00 PM EST

21

Relegation

Sat Jan 2

5B

5A

5:00 AM EST

22

Quarter-final

Sat Jan 2

TBD

TBD

7:00 AM EST

23

Quarter-final

Sat Jan 2

TBD

TBD

9:00 AM EST

24

Quarter-final

Sat Jan 2

TBD

TBD

11:00 AM EST

25

Quarter-final

Sat Jan 2

TBD

TBD

1:00 PM EST

26

Relegation

Sun Jan 3

5A

5B

5:00 AM EST

27

Semifinal

Mon Jan 4

TBD

TBD

9:00 AM EST

28

Semifinal

Mon Jan 4

TBD

TBD

1:00 PM EST

29

Relegation

Tue Jan 5

5B

5A

5:00 AM EST

30

Bronze

Tue Jan 5

L27

L28

9:00 AM EST

31

Gold

Tue Jan 5

W27

W28

1:30 PM EST