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Once a source of strength, questions abound for Detroit Red Wings prospects in Europe

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Once a source of strength, questions abound for Detroit Red Wings prospects in Europe

Photo: Detroit’s seventh-round pick of 2014, Axel Holmstrom, has been the team’s top-performing prospect in Europe for two seasons (courtesy of Skelleftea AIK/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Though many of the best prospects in the Detroit Red Wings system to start the 2015-16 season have graduated into the NHL, the franchise still has some quality prospects across the system. In particular, the team seems to have invested heavily in the European hockey scene. They have a half-dozen prospects playing abroad right now, led by names like Joren van Pottelberghe and Axel Holmstrom. Though the majority of their top prospects are CHL products, there are a few potential gems hidden across the pond. In addition to those prospects, the Red Wings have taken a chance on a few prospects who will develop at the collegiate level. No one on the list possesses the quality of one-time Michigan Wolverine Dylan Larkin, but there are a few late-round picks that have the talent to develop.

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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Inexperienced Latvia squad hard-pressed to avoid relegation

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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Inexperienced Latvia squad hard-pressed to avoid relegation

Image: Team Latvia will send a mostly internationally inexperienced team to the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where they hope to avoid relegation to D-1.

After making their way up from Division I in 2014, the Latvians played a wonderful tournament in Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship. Things started off with a wild 11-6 loss to Canada, but the team showed that it would not back down and would find ways to be dangerous. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Glimpse of a better future for Slovakia team that remain underdogs

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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Glimpse of a better future for Slovakia team that remain underdogs

Photo: Team Slovakia forward and 2017 prospect Sam Bucek began the 2015-16 with Nitra MHC but elected to move to North America to play for the Chicago Steel of the USHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Slovakia’s entry at last spring’s IIHF U18 World Championship started its tournament off with a bang by defeating Sweden, 3-1, but the tournament went downhill from there. Although a victory over eventually relegated Germany allowed Slovakia to finish the preliminary round with two victories, their playoff performance looked like that of a team that didn’t belong there. Read more »

NHL opportunities few and far between for Washington Capitals prospects

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NHL opportunities few and far between for Washington Capitals prospects

Photo: Washington Capitals rookie goaltender Philipp Grubauer finished the season with a 2.32 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. (courtesy of Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Presidents’ Trophy is already in hand and the Washington Capitals have switched focus toward the playoffs. The success this season has also given prospects extra time to cook in the minors or in junior. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada looks to improve on bronze showing in 2015

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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada looks to improve on bronze showing in 2015

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun had a productive 2015-16 season, posting 11 goals and 49 points in 62 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While disappointment at the club level is a reality for many of those named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team pre-competition camp in Winnipeg, the opportunity to wear a Team Canada jersey at the 2016 IIHF U18 Championship should soothe some of the ache. Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Early test could determine Denmark’s fate

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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Early test could determine Denmark’s fate

Photo: Rungsted forward and 2017 prospect Jonas Rondbjerg (#16) competed for Denmark’s squad at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he contributed one assist in limited ice time (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Denmark’s U18 program earned its way back up to the show last spring and will be hoping to do at the U18 level what its U20 team has done at the past two World Junior Championships – namely survive! Read more »

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Nylander leads Sweden squad heavy with 2017 prospects

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2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Nylander leads Sweden squad heavy with 2017 prospects

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander finished 19th in scoring in the OHL in 2015-16, posting 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In April of 2015, the Swedish national team traveled to Switzerland fully believing it was sending a medal contender to the IIHF U18 World Championship. But aside from a tight victory over future dropout Germany in the preliminary round, which at least got Sweden to the playoff round, there was very little to write home about. The team was dismissed in the first round of the playoffs after losing to Russia, the USA and even Slovakia in the preliminary round. Heads rolled and the program will be featuring a new coach, Torgny Bendelin, on the bench for this year’s tournament. Read more »

Arizona Coyotes Prospect Awards for 2015-16 point to promising trends

by Peter Prohaska
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Arizona Coyotes Prospect Awards for 2015-16 point to promising trends

Photo: Arizona prospect Dylan Strome is one of the most highly-regarded players in the OHL, but will a new Coyotes GM feel the same way? (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney being fired is one of the strangest stories of the post-season so far. The former Winnipeg franchise better known in recent years for city council controversies than on-ice success drifted back toward soap opera just when it seemed the hockey part was improving. Whoever replaces the veteran manager this summer owes him a phone call of thanks for helping to establish one of the league’s best prospect groups. Holding their own first round pick in the 2016 Draft, plus the New York Rangers’, means the team can bolster a good group even further.

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Frequently shuffled Montreal Canadiens prospects can’t help IceCaps into playoffs

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Frequently shuffled Montreal Canadiens prospects can’t help IceCaps into playoffs

Photo: With 53 points, Charles Hudon finished second in St. John’s IceCaps team scoring. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

It has been one of the more tumultuous seasons in Montreal Canadiens history, and, as a result, players have shuttled up and down from its AHL affiliate in St. John’s at a higher volume than anticipated. Before the season began, it was unlikely that young players like Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron or Joel Hanley would wear the bleu, blanc et rouge this season, but instead those and several more have filled gaps in Montreal. As a result, 45 players have dressed for the IceCaps in St. John’s. But that hasn’t been the biggest story in Newfoundland, especially since the arrival of NHL all-star John Scott, who has now suited up in 26 games for the IceCaps. Read more »

Last-minute recall a successful one for Stars’ Dickinson

by Sean Shapiro
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Last-minute recall a successful one for Stars’ Dickinson

Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson holds the puck that he fired into the net for his first NHL goal in last Thursday’s game vs. the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jason Dickinson had one of the more memorable “three-in-threes” of his life last week.

Three-in-threes are typically synonymous with a grinding stretch of three games, often with travel included, in the minor leagues. They are physically taxing on the body, and in the NHL, three games in three nights are against the collective bargaining agreement. Read more »

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