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United States goaltender Jack Campbell will be among the key players to watch at this year's IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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3 PLAYERS TO WATCH

MARK SCHEIFELE

The Canadian played eight games for the Winnipeg Jets before returning to junior but will have to play his way up the depth chart after up-and-down performances in the exhibition games. Ultimately he will be counted upon to provide the same sort of offensive magic that he used to light up the NHL preseason. Scheifele had six goals in seven games at the 2011 under-18 world championships.

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MIKA ZIBANEJAD

The Swede played nine games for the Ottawa Senators this season before heading home to his club team, Djurgarden, in the Swedish Elite League. A powerful skater, with soft hands, Zibanejad will lead an experienced Swedish squad that will also include fellow NHL first-round draft picks Jonas Brodin (Minnesota Wild) and Oscar Klefbom (Edmonton Oilers).

JACK CAMPBELL

Even though Canada knocked the United States out in the semi-finals in the last world juniors, the American was a goaltending sensation again, finishing with a 5-1 record, a 1.70 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. Campbell, remember, was the heartbreaker in the 2010 tournament, coming off the bench in the second period of the gold-medal game as the United States trailed by three goals, and stopped 32 of 34 Canadian shots before the Americans won in overtime on the goal by John Carlson.

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Eric was the winner of the Hockey Hall Of Fame's Elmer Ferguson award for "distinguished contributions to hockey writing" in 2001. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario's grad school of journalism, he began covering hockey in 1978 and after spending 20 years covering the NHL and the Calgary Flames, joined The Globe in 2000. More

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