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Samuelsson helps push Portland into the AHL postseason

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Samuelsson helps push Portland into the AHL postseason

Photo: Portland Pirates forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson saw the first NHL action of his career, appearing in three games for the Coyotes in 2014-15 (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

After finishing dead last in the American Hockey League last season, the Portland Pirates squeaked into the eighth and final playoff position in the AHL’s Eastern Conference this season. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Joel Eriksson Ek, Sweden

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Joel Eriksson Ek, Sweden

Photo: Farjestad forward and 2015 prospect Joel Eriksson Ek posted four goals and six points in 36 SHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Sweden is averaging four goals per game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but they are also averaging four goals against after the four preliminary round games. After winning just one game in the opening round, Sweden will face Canada in a quarter-final match that will take place Thursday in Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sebastian Ohlsson, Sweden

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sebastian Ohlsson, Sweden

Photo: Skelleftea forward and 2015 prospect Sebastian Ohlsson has produced three goals and two assists at the U18 tournament for Team Sweden (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

For Team Sweden, the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has so far been a disappointment. The country’s roster heading into the tournament had the look of a squad that would contend for a medal, but the results so far suggest otherwise. The good news for the Swedes is that they have made it to the playoff round, so it is a clean slate going forward. The bad news – they face Canada in their quarter-final match. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Oliver Kylington, Sweden

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Oliver Kylington, Sweden

Photo: AIK defenseman and 2015 prospect Oliver Kylington began the 2014-15 season with Farjestads of the SHL before being loaned to AIK (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

A country that has been an international hockey power the past few seasons has looked very ordinary so far at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Team Sweden stumbled through the preliminary round of this year’s tournament with just one win in four games, albeit in a Group A that also features Russia and the USA. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Three 2015 top 10 NHL Draft prospects produce highlights, more from domestic and international competition

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Prospect Impressions: Three 2015 top 10 NHL Draft prospects produce highlights, more from domestic and international competition

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha appeared in 37 games for the Sting in 2014-15, scoring 16 goals and 34 points on the season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have another seventh round pick setting records in the SHL while producing in critical situations. The OHL playoffs continue as the Oshawa Generals turn to their 6’6″ power forward to help eliminate a rival team, while another OHL veteran heads off to the AHL and immediately makes an impact. Staying with the OHL, the Erie Otters top tandem strikes again, eliminating the London Knights in fine fashion. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, highlight-reel goals from the USHL and U18 World Championship are worth a watch, as is a fantastic save from the QMJHL. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jeremy Bracco, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jeremy Bracco, USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Jeremy Bracco appeared in 24 games for the U18’s USHL squad, scoring 14 goals and 32 points in 2014-15 (courtesy of Tom Sorensen)

The preliminary round at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has wrapped up, and the quarter-final matchups have been set. Team USA finished second in Group A and will be facing off against the Czech Republic on Thursday in Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Casey Fitzgerald, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Casey Fitzgerald, USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman and 2015 prospect Casey Fitzgerald competed for the NTDP’s U18 squad competing in the USHL, where he scored three goals and eight points in 22 games this season (courtesy of Tom Sorensen)

Team USA won three of their four games in the preliminary round of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but it wasn’t enough to land the top spot in Group A as Russia went undefeated in preliminary round action. As a result, the U.S. will head to a quarter-final matchup against the Czech Republic. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jack Roslovic, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jack Roslovic, USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Jack Roslovic competed for the U18 squad in the USHL this season, scoring 11 goals and 38 points in 25 games (courtesy of Tom Sorensen)

Team USA had a mostly successful run through the preliminary round of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, winning three of their four contests while outscoring their opponents, 30 goals to 8. The one blemish on the USA’s record is their opening 3-1 loss to Russia, the team they are presently tied with at the top of Group A (pending the result of Russia’s game vs. Sweden). Read more »

Calgary Flames prospects a determined group in 2014-15

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Calgary Flames prospects a determined group in 2014-15

Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Brandon Hickey was on the wrong side of the National Championship game but had an outstanding freshman campaign for Boston University (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

After completing an exceptional regular season and never giving up, the Calgary Flames have found a way to win and return to the playoffs after six years without a post-season appearance. Coincidentally, Lance Bouma and TJ Brodie were drafted the last time the Flames were in the playoffs. Since then the Calgary Flames have stockpiled a group of talented prospects which includes Michael Ferland, Markus Granlund, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and most recently, Sam Bennett. Collectively, they have been an integral part of the team and the success found this season.

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Petrus Palmu, Finland

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Petrus Palmu, Finland

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and 2015 prospect Petrus Palmu competed in the Jokerit organization before moving over to the OHL to play for the Attack in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Finland has made an impressive run so far through the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, winning their first three games while outscoring their opponents, 12 goals to 3. The Finns must now defeat Canada for Group B supremacy in their final game before the U18 playoff round. Read more »

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