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Wennberg tops a strong group of forward prospects playing in Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Alexander Wennberg - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Alexander Wennberg saw his first extended action in Sweden’s top league during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For the better part of the last 25 years, Sweden has continued to provide the world with some of the best and most exciting forward talent anywhere. That trend has continued in recent years and is testified to in the fact that no European nation has seen as many players drafted in recent years than has Sweden.

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Kanzig stands on guard for Royals

by Glen Erickson
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Keegan Kanzig - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Keegan Kanzig is getting his first taste of the pro game after joining the Abbotsford Heat for the AHL playoffs (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

At first glance, one might assume that a player who checks in at 6’6” has got to be the tallest player on his team in a league full of teenagers. In fact, at that height, the player is probably always the tallest player in the room, at a restaurant or in a gym.

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Off the Radar: Five overlooked prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft

by Chris Roberts
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Adam Helewka - Spokane Chiefs

Photo: Spokane Chiefs forward Adam Helewka nearly doubled his point total of 2012-13, picking up 50 points during the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The 2014 NHL Draft is still two months away, but it is never too early to take a look at some of the prospects eligible for this year's draft that have been passed over in previous drafts. This edition of "Off the Radar" looks at five prospects that could finally have their names called over the course of the two-day draft taking place in Philadelphia, PA in late June.

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Puempel rounding out his game in AHL rookie season

by Tony Androckitis
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Matt Puempel - Binghamton Senators

Photo: Binghamton Senators forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel shared the team goal-scoring lead with Mike Hoffman in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

There is no doubting Ottawa Senators forward prospect and Binghamton Senators' co-leading goal scorer Matt Puempel’s ability to score goals. The three-time 30-goal scorer at the OHL level was Ottawa’s first round pick (24th overall) in 2011 and, as Binghamton head coach Luke Richardson said several times, Puempel is a natural goal scorer.

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Teravainen tops otherwise thin group of Finnish center prospects

by Tony Piscotta
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Teuvo Teravainen - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Teuvo Teravainen made his regular season debut with that NHL club in a three-game stint with the Blackhawks back in March (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The prospect pool of centers skating in Finland's Liiga in the 2013-14 season wasn't very deep, but the top prospect in that group — 19-year-old Teuvo Teravainen — had a season to remember.

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Many top prospects coming of age for New York Islanders

by Christian Litscher
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Anders Lee - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Anders Lee was a standout in his first full season of professional hockey. Lee appeared in 22 games for the New York Islanders this season, where he managed nine goals and five assists. (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders got a glimpse of their future at the end of the 2013-14 NHL season. Decimated with injuries, the Islanders had many rookies in their lineup by the end of the year, including Anders Lee and Ryan Strome.

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2014 U18 Video: Mason McDonald, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Mason McDonald - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada goaltender and 2014 prospect Mason McDonald has seen his draft stock rise in the second half of the 2013-14 season, moving from a 7th ranking in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings to 2nd in their final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Although there have been complaints in recent years related to Team Canada's goaltending at some of the World Junior tournaments, there aren't likely to be many when it comes to the goaltending that Canada received from Mason McDonald at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.

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2014 U18 Video: Shane Gersich, USA

by Chapin Landvogt
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Shane Gersich - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Shane Gersich has committed to attend the University of North Dakota but may play for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After opening a 3-1 lead in the first period, Team USA cruised to their fifth gold medal in the past six years at the 2014 edition of the IIHF U18 World Championship. Forward Auston Matthews was the scoring hero for the U.S. as he scored two goals and added an assist in the win over the Czech Republic.

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2014 U18 Video: Kevin Dineen, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Kevin Dineen - Team Canada

Photo: Current Hockey Canada head coach and former NHL forward Kevin Dineen has guided Canada to medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2014 U18 tournament (courtesy of Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Team Canada head coach Kevin Dineen has had a varied 2013-14 season, having taken the Canadian women's team to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics while also guiding Canada to a bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.

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