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2015 U18 World Championship: Guryanov’s offensive exploits not enough to help Russia avoid elimination

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2015 U18 World Championship: Guryanov’s offensive exploits not enough to help Russia avoid elimination

Team Russia won all four of their preliminary round games to finish atop Group A before being eliminated in the playoff round by Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

Each U18 tournament brings an upset or two, and the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has been no different. Probably the biggest upset took place in a quarter-final game today, with host country Switzerland eliminating Russia in a shocking 5-0 win. The Swiss had not beaten the Russians at this tournament since 1999, which was the first year for the U18. Read more »

Damon Severson leads deep pool of New Jersey Devils prospects in 2014-15

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Damon Severson leads deep pool of New Jersey Devils prospects in 2014-15

Photo: Damon Severson showcased his vast skillset for the Devils this season, posting 17 points in 51 games. (Courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Spring is in the air, and the hockey season is about to wrap up across all levels. While the New Jersey Devils missed the postseason for the third consecutive season, fans can take solace in the performances of the organization’s prospects. The 2014-15 season saw Damon Severson go from NHL rookie to everyday starter, as well as some other standout seasons down in Albany. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship: Pantkowski, Eder hoping Germany can avoid relegation

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2015 U18 World Championship: Pantkowski, Eder hoping Germany can avoid relegation

Team Germany needs to win the final two games of their relegation round series at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to avoid being dropped to the next lowest division.

As was expected pre-tournament, Team Germany is locked in a relegation round battle at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with Latvia. Germany finds themselves on the brink of relegation to Division I, Group A as a result of a 5-3 loss to Latvia in the first game of a best-of-three series. Latvia can retain class with a win on Friday. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Nicolas Roy, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Nicolas Roy, Canada

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and 2015 draft prospect Nicolas Roy appeared in 68 games for the Sagueneens this season, scoring 16 goals and 50 points (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada’s squad at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has so far had a successful run through the preliminary round and quarter-final, winning all five of their games with the semifinal match coming up on Saturday. Canada will face their North American rivals, Team USA, in that game. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Mitchell Stephens, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Mitchell Stephens, Canada

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Stephens scored 22 goals and 48 points in 62 games for the Spirit in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Along with forward Mathew Barzal, the other scoring star for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has been forward Mitchell Stephens. Barzal and Stephens are ranked first and second in scoring for Canada, with both players currently sitting among the top five scorers at the U18. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Parker Wotherspoon, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Parker Wotherspoon, Canada

Photo: Tri-City Americans defenseman and 2015 prospect Parker Wotherspoon appeared in 72 games for the Americans this season, scoring nine goals and 42 points along with 93 penalty minutes (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Team Canada has moved on to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating Sweden by a 5-3 score in Thursday’s quarter-final match. The win leaves the Canadians with an unblemished record, with the team having gone 5-0 so far at this tournament. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Unselfish play boosts Marner’s stats, but Knights’ star still working on balancing his game

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2015 NHL Draft: Unselfish play boosts Marner’s stats, but Knights’ star still working on balancing his game

Photo: London Knights forward and 2015 prospect Mitch Marner produced 44 goals and 126 points along with a +36 rating in 63 games this season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

When you talk with Thornhill, ON native Mitchell Marner, he uses the word ‘special’ frequently. And while he uses it as a form of appreciation for the opportunities and experiences he has, it can also be applied to the 5’10” winger’s game. Read more »

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 »

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