Canada now an U-18 underdog 

April, 6, 2012

It's unusual for any Canadian team to enter a major international tournament as an underdog, but that's exactly the position Team Canada's prospect-laden squad for the 2012 IIHF U-18 World Championship, which begins next week in the Czech Republic, finds itself heading into the competition.

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Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty ImagesA rare case where the red head is the 'dog.
Most of the top Canadian players eligible for June's draft, of course, are in the thick of the CHL playoffs and not available to coach Jesse Wallin.