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2015 World Championship: Interviews with the USA’s Brock Nelson, Connor Murphy, and Steve Moses

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with the USA’s Brock Nelson, Connor Murphy, and Steve Moses

Photo: New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson (L) was the leading scorer for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, while linemate and Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (R) chipped in a goal and an assist (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

Brock Nelson became a full time NHL player this season with the New York Islanders, putting up 20 goals and 42 points in the process. He then followed that with six goals and nine points in nine games at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. Clearly elated with Team USA’s 3-0 bronze medal victory, Nelson shared his thoughts on the tournament after the game. Read more »

2015 World Championship: Interviews with the USA’s Anders Lee and Jack Eichel

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with the USA’s Anders Lee and Jack Eichel

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel finished the 2015 IIHF World Championship as Team USA’s third-leading scorer with seven points in 10 games (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

Despite the late arrival of All-Star Alexander Ovechkin to the 2015 IIHF World Championship, Team USA was able to skate with Russia for almost 50 minutes in their semifinal showdown, often controlling the play over long stretches. But a Sergei Mozyakin wrist shot broke the 0-0 deadlock and opened the floodgates to a 4-0 win for Russia. With that, one of the tournament’s oldest teams beat the tournament’s youngest. Read more »

2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Taylor Hall and Czechs Michal Jordan and Dominik Simon

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Taylor Hall and Czechs Michal Jordan and Dominik Simon

Photo: Team Canada’s line of Sidney Crosby (L), Taylor Hall (C), and Jordan Eberle (R) has been an effective combo at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After a big, 2-0 semifinal win for Canada over the Czech Republic, the Canadians will be duking it out for gold, as most have expected. Taylor Hall scored the first goal, which ended up being the game winner. In total, he’s second in scoring at the 2015 IIHF World Championship with seven goals and 12 points. The Edmonton Oilers forward shared a few thoughts with the media after the win. Read more »

2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Matt Duchene, Sean Couturier, and Tyson Barrie

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Matt Duchene, Sean Couturier, and Tyson Barrie

Photo: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been effective for Team Canada in his first World Championship, notching a goal and four assists in nine games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

For Canada, the final weekend at the 2015 IIHF World Championship has finally come as the preliminary round and even the first playoff game were to a great degree a cake walk. Domination of this sort at this tournament hasn’t been seen in recent years. Read more »

2015 World Championship: Interview with Czech forward Tomas Hertl

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2015 World Championship: Interview with Czech forward Tomas Hertl

Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has scored a goal and added two assists playing with the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Young Tomas Hertl has already started making a name for himself in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, having just wrapped up his second season of play. There, he increased his scoring totals from 25 points in his rookie season to 31 this past season. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Breaking down the top re-entry candidates on defense and in goal

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NHL Draft Primer: Breaking down the top re-entry candidates on defense and in goal

Photo: Ottawa 67’s goaltender and 2015 prospect Liam Herbst posted a 24-8-3-1 record in 39 regular season games for the 67’s in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Throughout the 2014-15 season, Hockey’s Future has released a monthly article entitled “Off the Radar”, a look at players who were passed over in previous iterations of the NHL Draft. While these players are often disappointed, being shrugged off in favor of other players, there is still hope in their second, or perhaps third time through the process. Read more »

Florida Panthers sitting on stockpile of NCAA prospects

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Florida Panthers sitting on stockpile of NCAA prospects

Photo: Michael Downing had 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 36 games in his sophomore season with the University of Michigan . (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers are loaded with collegiate prospects, with ten that finished this season in a collegiate program. Florida has long been considered a patient organization, one that allows their prospects to develop at their own pace, something the NCAA offers. This season, a few special talents rose above the rest—including a dynamic Hobey Baker Award nominee. Read more »

Djurgarden’s Eriksson looks to youth, NHL prospects to improve team’s SHL fortunes

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Djurgarden’s Eriksson looks to youth, NHL prospects to improve team’s SHL fortunes

Photo: Djurgarden Strategic General Manager Joakim Eriksson played for that club in his final pro season, posting seven goals and 25 points in 53 SHL games in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Djurgarden Stockholm/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

After several seasons mired in Sweden’s Allsvenskan, the country’s second-highest pro league, the famed Djurgarden program of Stockholm, Sweden was back in SHL action and managed to finish ninth in the league in the 2014-15 season. This was not only a huge success in avoiding any chance of winding up in the relegation, but also of special note due to the fact that the team relied on many young, drafted players to achieve their success. Read more »

New era Nashville Predators loaded with award-worthy prospects

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New era Nashville Predators loaded with award-worthy prospects

Photo: Nashville Predators 2012 second-rounder Pontus Aberg showed promise in adapting to North American hockey early in the season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The 2014-15 season saw a shift in focus in the Predators’ organization from the Smashville philosophy of the early years to a more wide open skating style. Partly due to necessity, Nashville featured bigger, hard-hitting players playing tight defense and making things difficult on opposition players during its early years.  That changed this season as new coach Peter Laviolette emphasized a north-south skating game that fit the talents of scorers like rookie Filip Forsberg and veteran Mike Ribeiro, who had a resurgence in his first year with the Predators.

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Sweden forwards Jacob Josefson and Anton Lander

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Sweden forwards Jacob Josefson and Anton Lander

Photo: New Jersey Devils forward Jacob Josefson netted two goals and added two assists in eight games for Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Jacob Josefson is coming off his first full season with the New Jersey Devils, who drafted him in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft, although he had seen time in the previous four seasons. With just 11 points and a zero rating in 62 games, it’s felt that Josefson is showing himself to more likely be a lower-line player for the time being, and that was been the case at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. Still, Josefson scored a goal against France and totaled four points in eight games during this tournament. Read more »

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