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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland downs Russia, earns date with the USA

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland downs Russia, earns date with the USA

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and 2017 prospect Robin Salo has chipped in a goal in five games for his country at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In what ended up being the closest of the four quarterfinal matches at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team Finland defeated Russia by a 4-3 score.

A goal by by Russian forward Yaroslav Alexeyev (MVD Balashikha – RUS) drew his team within one of Finland with 7:29 remaining in the third period, but Russia could not produce the equalizer in the remaining time. Read more »

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April 2016: Rookies could make a difference in Eastern playoffs

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AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, April 2016: Rookies could make a difference in Eastern playoffs

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect Frank Vatrano led the AHL in goals in 2015-16 with 36 in 36 games (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

The field is set for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, and eight teams in the Eastern Conference are ready to battle it out for the AHL’s ultimate prize – the beloved Calder Cup.

While teams like Toronto, Albany, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cruised into the postseason in the final months, the other half of the conference’s playoff teams had some work to do to get where they are now as the AHL’s ‘second’ season gets underway. Read more »

Share of AHL rookie award in hand, Rampage’s Rantanen sets sights on NHL

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Share of AHL rookie award in hand, Rampage’s Rantanen sets sights on NHL

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen finished second in AHL rookie scoring behind the Providence Bruins’ Austin Czarnik, scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Mikko Rantanen didn’t plan on or expect to win the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.

The 19-year-old Finland native and Colorado Avalanche prospect knew he had a strong season, but looking across the league he knew the goal-per-game rate (albeit in less games) of the Providence Bruins’ Frank Vatrano would be tough to beat. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Athanasiou, Parayko, Larkin notch playoff firsts, Mason’s gaffe, Skelleftea’s creative routine

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Prospect Impressions: Athanasiou, Parayko, Larkin notch playoff firsts, Mason’s gaffe, Skelleftea’s creative routine

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2017 prospect Nikita Popugaev (#71) finished ninth in rookie scoring in the WHL this season, posting 16 goals and 47 points in 70 games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of rookies notched their first NHL playoff goals this week, continuing to contribute right where they left off from the regular season. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is going to want a half-ice deflection back, and his teammate might want to join him in hiding for a pretty funny reason. There are a number of draft-eligible forwards who created some fantastic highlights this week, and a must-see, pregame presentation from Europe that unites the worlds of hockey and video games. Read more »

Playoff performers get recognition in the Anaheim Ducks prospect awards

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Playoff performers get recognition in the Anaheim Ducks prospect awards

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Ondrej Kase has found reason to celebrate a healthy return to the ice and could be an important part of the Calder Cup push for San Diego (courtesy of San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)

Both the Anaheim Ducks and their AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls are into their respective post-seasons, and it has been a strong year for both squads. Youth has been on display throughout the organization, as the Ducks also have a ton of tremendous talents further down in the CHL and NCAA, and overseas in Europe. As a whole it has been a pretty productive year for the Ducks pipeline, with almost too many players and not enough awards to highlight achievements! You could find multiple winners for each award, and unfortunately we could only pick one for each category.

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Impressive offensive attack, stingy defense carry USA through preliminary round

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Impressive offensive attack, stingy defense carry USA through preliminary round

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Trent Frederic competed for the U.S. National Team Development Program squad this season, posting four goals and 14 points in 23 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The country that has won six of the last seven IIHF U18 World Championship tournaments looks very much the favorite to win their third gold in a row and seventh in eight years as Team USA completed an unbeaten preliminary round at the 2016 edition of this event after defeating Switzerland by a 4-0 score. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland to face Canada in quarterfinals after loss to USA

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland to face Canada in quarterfinals after loss to USA

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and 2017 prospect Nico Hischier saw his first National League A action with SC Bern this season, posting a goal in 15 games in the top Swiss league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The main goal for Team Switzerland heading into the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship was to gain a berth in the quarterfinals. That mission was accomplished by virtue of points earned in an overtime win and overtime loss, so now the goal is to earn a berth in the medal round, a tall order given that their quarterfinal opponent will be Canada. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: High-scoring USA takes Group A crown

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: High-scoring USA takes Group A crown

Photo: Team USA defenseman and 2016 prospect Ryan Lindgren competed for the U.S. National Team Development Program this season, scoring four goals and 12 points in 25 USHL games (courtesy of Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Team USA turned in an impressive preliminary round performance at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, sweeping their four games while posting 30 goals in those games, 11 more than the runner-up in that category, Canada. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada faces Switzerland after topping Group B

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada faces Switzerland after topping Group B

Photo: Team Canada goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick competed for the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL in 2015-16, posting a 3.42 goals-against average and .896 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Team Canada completed the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship with an unblemished 4-0-0-0 record, which earned them the top spot in the Group B standings and a quarterfinal match with Switzerland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland comes up short in Group B showdown with Canada

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland comes up short in Group B showdown with Canada

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Otto Somppi competed for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2015-16, where he scored 13 goals and 46 points in 59 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team Finland has earned a date with Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship after dropping a 3-1 decision to Canada in the final game of the preliminary round. Read more »

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