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Minnesota Wild prospects found success through struggles

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Minnesota Wild prospects found success through struggles

Photo: Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba graduated as a prospect this season and has played a big role in his team’s success thus far (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

This has not been a great year of the prospect for the Minnesota Wild. The team arrived at a point in its process where it became ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. This has been somewhat to the detriment of its prospect pool, although any fan will take the tradeoff. Nonetheless, Hockey’s Future makes an annual tradition of handing out some imaginary hardware to players who stood out during the course of their seasons.

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(Podcast) 2015 U18 World Championship: Preview of Canada vs. USA, Finland vs. Switzerland

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(Podcast) 2015 U18 World Championship: Preview of Canada vs. USA, Finland vs. Switzerland

Photo: Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland is the site of the two semifinal games for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The first game features Canada vs. the USA, and the second has Finland facing off against Switzerland (courtesy of Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

The field has been whittled down to four countries at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The teams still standing – Canada, the United States, Finland and host Switzerland – will take the ice on Saturday in the two semifinal games taking place at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sami Tavernier, Finland

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sami Tavernier, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Sami Tavernier competed for HIFK’s U20 squad this season, scoring seven goals and 27 points in 45 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Finland has moved on to a semifinal showdown with host Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The Finns advanced after shutting out Slovakia, 3-0, while the Swiss blanked the Russians, 5-0, to earn a shot at a medal. The two countries will faceoff on Saturday in Zug, Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Christian Fischer, Forward, and Troy Terry, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Christian Fischer, Forward, and Troy Terry, Forward, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2015 prospect Christian Fischer played for the NTDP squad that competed in the USHL, where he score 15 goals and 30 points in 25 games this season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

In what could be a game that decides which country takes home gold at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, Team USA will faceoff against Team Canada in a semifinal match on Saturday. The U.S. advanced on the strength of a 7-2 win over the Czech Republic, while Canada dispatched Sweden, 5-3, to earn the chance to face the U.S. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Nick Boka, Defenseman, and Brendan Warren, Forward, USA

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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Nick Boka, Defenseman, and Brendan Warren, Forward, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2015 prospect Brendan Warren played for the U.S. NTDP’s U18 squad that competed in the USHL, where he scored seven goals and 13 points in 20 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team USA has moved on to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after taking a quarterfinal match from the Czech Republic, 7-2. Fourteen players chipped in on offense for the U.S. in that game, including six players registering two points apiece. Read more »

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 »

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