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Many positive developments for San Jose Sharks European and NCAA prospects

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Many positive developments for San Jose Sharks European and NCAA prospects

Photo: San Jose Sharks fifth-round pick Dan O’Regan scored the overtime winner versus Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The San Jose Sharks have an intriguing group of prospects at the NCAA and European levels. These prospects represent some of the highest potential this pool has to offer; it is also mired in shortcomings.

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Mathew Barzal, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Mathew Barzal, Canada

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal produced 12 goals and 57 points in 44 games in an injury-shortened 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada came into the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship looking to improve upon their bronze medal showing at last year’s tournament. They got off on the right foot – offensively, at least – posting an 11-6 win over Latvia on Day 1 of the tournament. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada hopes to peak at right time in quest for gold

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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada hopes to peak at right time in quest for gold

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Stephens will be an important offensive player for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In many ways, it’s the tournament that Canada forgets — and, as evidenced by its early returns, it appears that Team Canada may have passed over the beginning of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Question marks at defense, in goal could hamper Finland’s medal aspirations

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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Question marks at defense, in goal could hamper Finland’s medal aspirations

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and 2016 prospect Jesse Puljujarvi will be a player of interest for NHL scouts at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The 2014-15 season has been a difficult one for Finland‘s U18 team. Both at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and in the most recent Five Nations Tournament, the squad has been uncharacteristically charitable in giving up scoring opportunities and have left their goaltenders out to dry at times. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: For the USA, no goal but gold

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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: For the USA, no goal but gold

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews will lead the way for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

When it comes to USA Hockey’s U18 team, coming off gold in Belarus, gold in Germany, gold in the Czech Republic, silver in Russia and then gold again in Finland, there is little the program accepts other than excellence at the U18 level. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Germany hopes to avoid relegation playoff

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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Germany hopes to avoid relegation playoff

Photo: Team Germany’s entry at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will be looking to avoid the fate that befell that country’s U20 squad, namely relegation to Division I Group A (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Two years ago in Sochi, Russia, forward Leon Draisaitl was the reason many were very excited about seeing Team Germany play. And despite having to carry an unsuspecting cast on his back, just getting Germany to the playoffs, where they bowed out to host Russia in the first round with an 8-4 loss, was something he practically did on his own. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: CHL, USHL playoffs continue as top NHL prospects go head-to-head

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Prospect Faceoff: CHL, USHL playoffs continue as top NHL prospects go head-to-head

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Tobias Lindberg and Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang go head-to-head in OHL playoff action this weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The CHL playoffs continue this weekend, with second round action on tap. In the OHL, an import forward and one of the most dynamic players in the league go head-to-head. The QMJHL matchup features two international players with rare hockey backgrounds in an interesting look at teams putting the pieces together. Meanwhile, in the WHL, a slumping power forward is hoping to put a few past an underrated goaltender playing behind a powerful offense. Finally, the USHL playoffs continue as two rivals an interstate apart clash for the first time in four years. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship: Sweden should be in the hunt for a medal

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2015 U18 World Championship: Sweden should be in the hunt for a medal

Photo: Brynas forward and 2015 prospect Jens Looke was a part of Sweden’s 2015 U20 squad, and he’ll also compete for his country at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

In the spring of 2014, Team Sweden headed to the homeland of archrival Finland with visions of grandeur, knowing full well that their blueline of redwoods would provide lots of support for not only a cast of hardworking forwards, but all-in-one weapon William Nylander, their all-star and a go-to guy like no other available to them for that U18 World Championship. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship: Russia hoping to better U20 silver medal showing

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2015 U18 World Championship: Russia hoping to better U20 silver medal showing

Photo: Team Russia settled for a silver medal at the U20 World Junior Championship, but will be looking to earn gold at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Team Russia has recently had much more success at the U20 World Junior Championship level than at the U18, with the last U18 medal being a bronze in 2011 in Germany when the team was led by players like Nikita Kucherov (TBL), Mikhail Grigorenko (BUF), and Nail Yakupov (EDM). Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Slovakia looks to build off of U20 success

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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Slovakia looks to build off of U20 success

Photo: HC Kosice forward and 2015 prospect Radovan Bondra is hoping to bring some of the success of the U20 Slovakian team to the U18 squad competing at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Switzerland (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

A little miracle took place for Slovakia on the last night of the U20 World Junior Championship this past winter. The bronze medal obtained by Slovakia at this year’s WJC practically rejuvenated an ice hockey nation that was feeling as if its best days were eternally behind it. The tournament darlings made that bronze medal game victory over Sweden feel as if they’d won the Stanley Cup. Read more »

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