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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Finland’s Esa Lindell and Switzerland’s Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Finland’s Esa Lindell and Switzerland’s Kevin Fiala and Roman Josi

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and Nashville Predators prospect Kevin Fiala (#21) appeared in 33 games for Nashville’s AHL farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals, where he scored 11 goals and 20 points in 2014-15 (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is coming off a career year in which the 6’3”, 200 pound defenseman put up 14 goals and 35 points in 57 games. This was good enough to not only earn him a spot on Team Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, but also got him a cup of coffee with the AHL’s Texas Stars to conclude the season. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Middle round options feature dynamic defensemen, impact forwards

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NHL Draft Primer: Middle round options feature dynamic defensemen, impact forwards

Photo: Victoria Royals forward and 2015 prospect Tyler Soy doubled his point total from the 2013-14 season, posting 63 points in 69 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Among North American skaters rated in the middle rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft, there are a number of interesting defensemen available that have not yet garnered a consensus opinion over where they will be selected. The confusion is for good reason, as the mix features puck-movers, defensive defensemen, and steady, two-way players who control the game from the blueline. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes patient with 2010 draft class

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2010 NHL Draft: Arizona Coyotes patient with 2010 draft class

Photo: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Brandon Gormley has played in 32 NHL games to date, picking up two goals and four points in those games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

They had not yet formulated as the Arizona Coyotes in 2010, and their scouting staff was geared more towards drafting for immediate need, rather than best player available. Often a time of renewal and hope, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft originally presented the Coyotes with only four picks, and adding prospects to a depleted prospect pool became their focus.

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Loaded Monarchs squad dominates LA Kings Prospect Awards

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Loaded Monarchs squad dominates LA Kings Prospect Awards

Photo: LA Kings prospect Jordan Weal leads the Manchester Monarchs in playoff scoring (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Los Angeles Kings have an older group of prospects, most of whom have progressed into the AHL. For that reason, the Monarchs have been a force this season. The squad clinched the Atlantic division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. They now move into the Eastern Conference Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs in an effort to erase last year’s disappointing first round bow-out.

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Latvia’s Rodrigo Abols and Oleg Yevenko of Belarus

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Latvia’s Rodrigo Abols and Oleg Yevenko of Belarus

Photo: Team Latvia forward and 2015 prospect Rodrigo Abols (#18) didn’t register any points at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, but he did play a part in helping his country avoid relegation to a lower level (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

At 19, Latvian forward Rodrigo Abols was one of the youngest players participating at the 2015 IIHF World Championship the past three weeks in the Czech Republic. Although he didn’t get on the scoreboard, he did dress for all seven games and gained valuable playing experience. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Trio of forwards win championships, “Big Rig” goes down, Hartford’s surprising assist leader

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Prospect Impressions: Trio of forwards win championships, “Big Rig” goes down, Hartford’s surprising assist leader

Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Calgary Flames prospect Hunter Smith turned in his best offensive season of his OHL career, posting 23 goals and 49 points in 57 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of May is reserved for hockey championships, and this week’s Prospect Impressions takes a look at a trio of players who helped seal their team’s success. The NAHL, OHL, and USHL all concluded play, with a nice mix of top prospects and role players being the catalyst for those championships. In the AHL, one player potentially ready to make the jump to the NHL has been an unexpected beacon of hope for Hartford. Finally, what happens when nearly 500 pounds of mass collide in a hockey game? Prospects from the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames answer that question for you in a collision that has to be seen to be believed. Read more »

2010 NHL Draft: Brock Nelson best among New York Islanders 2010 draftees

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2010 NHL Draft: Brock Nelson best among New York Islanders 2010 draftees

Photo: Brock Nelson had his first 20-goal season for the Islanders this year, finishing with 42 points in 82 games. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

In 2010—a year after drafting their franchise player in John Tavares—the Islanders again found themselves with the opportunity to add a core player as they headed into the Staples Center with the 5th overall pick. Read more »

Vancouver Canucks prospect awards honor playoff standouts

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Vancouver Canucks prospect awards honor playoff standouts

Photo: Vancouver 2013 third rounder Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals played spoiler in the OHL playoffs thanks to solid defensive work on Erie’s Connor McDavid (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The season ended suddenly and surprisingly for the Canucks at the hands of the Calgary Flames, a team that was not expected to do much of anything this season but whose undervalued prospect depth has quickly proven to be on track and capable. The Canucks on the other hand now find themselves in a transitional phase, with Daniel and Henrik Sedin showing signs of slowing down, but with a strong group of players coming up to bolster an experienced NHL core. The good news is that the bulk of the prospect pool enjoyed post-season runs during the 2014-15 season, with deep playoff runs in the AHL and OHL playoffs for some notable names.

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Tyler Toffoli, Aaron Ekblad, and Nathan MacKinnon

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Tyler Toffoli, Aaron Ekblad, and Nathan MacKinnon

Photo: Team Canada went undefeated at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, winning all 10 of their games while placing four of the top five scorers at that tournament (courtesy of Dmitry Lebedev/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)

Tyler Toffoli is coming off his best NHL season to date, having scored 49 points for the Los Angeles Kings and putting up a +25 rating. Now he’s contributed two goals and five points in 10 games to a Canadian team that has dominated this World Championship like few teams have. Read more »

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 »

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