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Barbashev, Gauthier are tops among QMJHL centers

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Barbashev, Gauthier are tops among QMJHL centers

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, shown here playing for Russia at the 2015 WJC, has produced 24 points in 15 games for the Wildcats in the 2015 QMJHL playoffs (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The QMJHL might house the lowest amount of future NHL players among the three Canadian junior leagues, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of quality prospects – particularly in the middle of the ice. A total of nine NHL-drafted centers played in the ‘Q’ this season, while recent signing Danick Martel rounds out a formidable Top 10. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Auston Matthews, Forward, and Evan Sarthou, Goaltender, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Auston Matthews, Forward, and Evan Sarthou, Goaltender, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews totaled 18 points in 12 games while competing for the U.S. teams at the U20 and U18 tournaments this season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA received contributions from all over the lineup in their march to a second consecutive gold medal at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. But one U.S. player stood out a little more than the others, a player whose name will soon be bandied about in much the same way that the names McDavid and Eichel have been discussed over the past few months. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Tyler Benson, Forward, and Zach Sawchenko, Goaltender, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Tyler Benson, Forward, and Zach Sawchenko, Goaltender, Canada

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender and 2016 prospect Zach Sawchenko appeared in 49 games for the Warriors in 2014-15, where he posted a 3.32 goals-against average and .896 save percentage (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While the outcome for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship wasn’t what they hoped to accomplish, that country did get a preview of some of the players that could represent the country at next year’s tournament. Read more »

Toronto Maple Leafs show patience with NCAA and European prospects

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Toronto Maple Leafs show patience with NCAA and European prospects

Photo: Casey Bailey scored his first NHL goal after signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of his junior NCAA season. (Courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

The Toronto Maple Leafs had five drafted prospects playing in the NCAA and three playing in Europe during the 2014-15 season. At this stage, most are still questionable as potential pros, although Andreas Johnson and Dominic Toninato had impactful seasons that separated them from the pack. The Leafs also signed a pair of promising free agents in Casey Bailey (NCAA) and Nikita Soshnikov (KHL), following the completion of their respective seasons. They will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact in 2015-16. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Colin White, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Colin White, Forward, USA

Photo: Team USA forward Colin White was all smiles after scoring the gold medal-winning goal in overtime in the Americans’ 2-1 win over Finland at the 2015 U18 World Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA faced a game Finland squad in the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but the U.S. had just enough in the tank, plus an overtime hero, to come out on top, 2-1. Forward Colin White scored the gold medal-winning goal for the U.S. a day after netting a hat trick against Team Canada in the semifinals. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Anthony Beauvillier and Glenn Gawdin, Forwards, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Anthony Beauvillier and Glenn Gawdin, Forwards, Canada

Photo: Swift Current Broncos forward and 2015 prospect Glenn Gawdin was the scoring star for Canada in the U18’s bronze medal game, where he scored two goals in Canada’s 5-2 win over Switzerland (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

The semifinal showdown with Team USA didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to, but Team Canada did manage to take home a bronze medal from the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating host Switzerland, 5-2, at Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Aleksi Saarela, Forward, Finland

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Aleksi Saarela, Forward, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Aleksi Saarela played for Assat in Liiga in the 2014-15 season, scoring six goals and 12 assists in 51 games for that club (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

While the first semifinal game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship ended up being won going away by Team USA, the second game provided a thrilling, overtime victory for Team Finland, and an agonizing loss for host team Switzerland as the Finns pulled out a 5-4 OT win at Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jordan Greenway, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Jordan Greenway, Forward, USA

Photo: Team USA forward Jordan Greenway competed for the U.S. NTDP’s U18 squad that competed in the USHL this season, where he scored five goals and 20 points in 22 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA will face Finland in the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating Canada, 7-2, in their semifinal showdown at the Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Finland advanced after defeating host Switzerland, 5-4, in an overtime thriller. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Joe Masonius, Defenseman, and Mike Floodstrand, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Joe Masonius, Defenseman, and Mike Floodstrand, Forward, USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Michael Floodstrand was invited along with NTDP defenseman Joe Masonius to take part in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

North American rivals Canada and the USA squared off in a semifinal match at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in what was viewed by some as the gold medal matchup. If indeed this was the case, then Team USA should feel very good about their chances in Sunday’s true gold medal game after posting a convincing 7-2 win over Team Canada. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, and Jansen Harkins, Forward, Canada

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, and Jansen Harkins, Forward, Canada

Photo: Team Canada defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Chabot had a strong 2014-15 season for the Saint John Sea Dogs, scoring 12 goals and 41 points in 66 games for the Sea Dogs (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada entered their semifinal game against Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with an opportunity to advance to the gold medal game for the second time in three years. That opportunity has passed them by, however, as the U.S. broke open what had been a tight contest with five third period goals to defeat Canada, 7-2. Read more »

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