GROUP A: FINLAND
Last year’s finish: Fourth
Last year’s round-robin record: 3-0-0-1
Rejuvenated Team Finland travels to Ufa, Russia on a mission. The Finns aim to end their six-year medal drought and win the world junior championship title, which would be their first since 1998.
Young Lions, as Team Finland's nickname goes, came up short in last year'
s tournament in Calgary, Alta, where Finland lost a grueling semifinal thriller to Sweden in a shootout. In the bronze game, the Finns lost to host Canada.
"We have a great group of guys and the whole team is confident that we can win against any team in Russia," said Buffalo's 2011 first-rounder (16th overall) and Ässät Pori winger Joel Armia.
Finland has nine returnees from last year's encouraging
campaign. Among that group is London Knights defenceman Olli Määttä.
"I'm really looking forward the tournament. Our team seems very competitive and we have a good chance to be successful in Ufa," said Määttä, whose tournament ended last
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