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2016 WJC Review: Result wasn’t bronze, but mission still accomplished for Slovakia

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2016 WJC Review: Result wasn’t bronze, but mission still accomplished for Slovakia

Photo: Green Bay Gamblers goaltender and New York Rangers prospect Adam Huska did his part in ensuring that Team Slovakia will be competing at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Coming into the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, it was widely felt that a lot of unlikely things would have to go right for Slovakia in order for the team to medal. For the country itself, the expectations were mild with maintaining the class being the main goal. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: Bennett, Fabbri making mark in NHL, a trio of goals from the NCAA ranks, and more prospect highlights

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Prospect Impressions: Bennett, Fabbri making mark in NHL, a trio of goals from the NCAA ranks, and more prospect highlights

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2015, and is likely to be in the mix when the 2016 nominees are announced (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of NCAA hockey’s brightest young stars create highlight-reel goals. Robby Fabbri and Sam Bennett prove the OHL is in their past, and plenty more highlights await. Read more »

Blues’ deep goaltending pool has Copley a part of Chicago Wolves goaltending rotation

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Blues’ deep goaltending pool has Copley a part of Chicago Wolves goaltending rotation

Photo: Chicago Wolves goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Pheonix Copley played NCAA hockey before turning pro, guarding the net for Michigan Tech University for two seasons before turning pro in 2013-14 (courtesy of Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves)

Pheonix Copley was a key piece in one 2015’s biggest trades, and he wasn’t even aware it happened.

When the St. Louis Blues shipped T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Copley, Troy Brouwer, and a third-round pick, the goalie was embarking on a four-day fishing trip with his family in Alaska. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Brotherly advice helping Storm’s Smith stay focused

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2016 NHL Draft: Brotherly advice helping Storm’s Smith stay focused

Photo: Guelph Storm forward and 2016 prospect Givani Smith was originally drafted by the Barrie Colts but was acquired by the Storm in a trade in January of 2015 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Givani Smith received the best gift of all from his older brother Gemel Smith over the Christmas holidays – the gift of confidence and perspective. And the younger Smith is hoping to put that renewed attitude to good use for the rest of the year. Read more »

Team Rankings: Arizona Coyotes head top group that features a strong Atlantic Division influence

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Team Rankings: Arizona Coyotes head top group that features a strong Atlantic Division influence

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending prospect Andrei Vasilevsky has had a couple of stints with the NHL club, but he is currently playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL (courtesy of Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

They may have been one of the lowly clubs in the 2014-15 season, but the Arizona Coyotes appear to have a bright future as evidenced by their top showing in the Hockey’s Future ranking of the prospect depth of each NHL organization. Read more »

Detroit Red Wings still prefer the slow route for prospect development

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Detroit Red Wings still prefer the slow route for prospect development

Photo: Detroit prospect Andreas Athanasiou scored his first NHL goal this season, but his 49 goals for the Barrie Colts in 2013-14 suggest he has more to give (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The year is 2016 and the Detroit Red Wings are still contending for the playoffs for the umpteenth season in a row, right in the thick of the race for the Atlantic Division, just four points back of the division-leading Florida Panthers.

Unlike your daddy’s Red Wings, who were led by veteran stars like Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Brendan Shanahan, this Red Wings unit is led by a much younger core and has had significant contributions from more than a handful of rookies.

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Philadelphia Flyers prospects thin yet competitive at AHL level

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Philadelphia Flyers prospects thin yet competitive at AHL level

Photo: Petr Straka’s 17 goals are already three better than the 14 he had for the Lehigh Valley Flyers in 2015-16. (Courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley are in the middle of their division this year, and have seen some of its key players skate at the professional level. Meanwhile, other top Flyers prospects are competing in the CHL. That means the Phantoms don’t have the same talent they’ve had in the past. Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Premier NCAA matchup in Boston, WJC participants ramp up in CHL action

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Prospect Faceoff: Premier NCAA matchup in Boston, WJC participants ramp up in CHL action

Photo: 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads and Olli Juolevi of the London Knights go head-to-head in an OHL match this weekend after both turning in impressive performances at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Prospect Faceoff returns in 2016 with a huge home-and-home series in Boston, as two of NCAA hockey’s best programs play a pair of games this weekend. With the World Junior Championship now complete, a number of high-end players return to their regular lineups and are ready for a big second half. Among them, two high-end 2016 draft-eligible skaters go head-to-head, a blue-chip Philadelphia Flyers prospect returns to the WHL, and one of Switzerland’s finest has a new home in the QMJHL. Plenty more this week as Prospect Faceoff ramps up again! Read more »

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Added bulk has boosted offensive game of Lumberjacks’ Pitlick

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2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Added bulk has boosted offensive game of Lumberjacks’ Pitlick

Photo: Muskegon Lumberjacks forward and 2016 prospect Rem Pitlick, currently tied for the USHL scoring lead, was acquired by the Lumberjacks from the Waterloo Black Hawks in an offseason deal (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/USHL)

Rem Pitlick knew he had put on weight before he stepped on the scale during the preseason for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Pitlick just wasn’t sure how much. He had weighed 169 pounds at the end of the 2014-15 season. His focus in the offseason was adding muscle to his 5-foot-7 frame, but he never bothered to weigh himself. Read more »

2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Musketeers’ Keane honing game in USHL before move to North Dakota

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2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Musketeers’ Keane honing game in USHL before move to North Dakota

Photo: Sioux City Musketeers forward and 2016 prospect Jackson Keane is not a stranger to prospect showcases as he has participated in both the CJHL Prospects Game and this year’s USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/USHL)

Jackson Keane has put his dual citizenship in Canada and the United States to use as a hockey player.

Keane utilized his Canadian citizenship by playing at home in Winnipeg for much of his teen years. He especially shined at the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game last year and earned MVP honors as a member of Team West. Read more »

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