2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Question marks at defense, in goal could hamper
Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and 2016 prospect Jesse Puljujarvi will be a player of interest for NHL scouts at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
</p> The 2014-15 season has been a difficult one for Finland‘s U18 team. Both at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and in the most recent Five Nations Tournament, the squad has been uncharacteristically charitable in giving up scoring opportunities and have left their goaltenders out to dry at times.
Much of the pre-tournament buzz about this year’s 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship tournament has been as much about the players who won’t be with the squad in Switzerland as it is about the players who will be in the Suomi lineup.… read more
Finland has a reputation for having small but talented skaters who play a strong game collectively to give teams with elite NHL prospects fits. This year’s U18 squad has a few of those prospects of their own in players like Puljujarvi, Julius Nattinen and Patrik Laine, but cohesion will be a challenge.
When you mention those three, do you refer to the "small but talented skaters" or "elite NHL prospects" in the first sentence? Well, when you know those guys aren't small it's pretty easy to deduce, but a less knowledgeable reader might end up making the mistake.