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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, December, 2015: WJC snub leads to strong month for Michigan’s Connor

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HF NHL Prospect of the Month, December, 2015: WJC snub leads to strong month for Michigan’s Connor

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor earned MVP honors at the Great Lakes Invitational over the holiday break (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Typically, the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month is selected based on play from the first to the last day of a particular month. The World Junior Championship, however, being the foremost showcase for hockey’s top prospects, allows for some leniency in those dates. And while some of the most impressive individual performances at the 2016 tournament were from undrafted players (who are ineligible for the HF honor), there was plenty of standout performances from previously drafted players. Of course, exclusion from national teams also sparked some tremendous play from top-level prospects. Read more »

Anaheim Ducks prospects in the AHL getting closer to breakthrough

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Anaheim Ducks prospects in the AHL getting closer to breakthrough

Photo: Despite his point totals not matching his pace from last season, Nic Kerdiles is one of several AHL players who should be ready to be a difference-maker for the Ducks next season (courtesy of San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)

While the NHL season has been altogether disappointing for the Anaheim Ducks, fans should take solace in the fact that the AHL team is not having a particularly bad season. They started quite hot, cooled considerably in November but started to come back around in December. With the current way the AHL is structured, with the Pacific playing fewer games, it is hard to get a handle on just how they compare with the rest of the league as of right now. Personnel moves in the organization will also affect the team as the season enters its critical second-half.

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Struggling Binghamton Senators still developing talent in the AHL

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Struggling Binghamton Senators still developing talent in the AHL

Photo: Binghamton Senators goaltender and Ottawa Senators prospect Matt O’Connor has spent most of the 2015-16 season in the AHL, but did manage one NHL appearance early in the season (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

It’s been a rough start to the season for the Binghamton Senators. After a 3-2 start to the 2015-16 campaign for the Ottawa Senators‘ top minor league affiliate, they have gone 8-16-3-0 since and now find themselves sitting in last place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference as the new year begins. Read more »

2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal

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2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal

Photo: Team USA’s second line of Sonny Milano (L), Anders Bjork (C), and Christian Dvorak (R) provided important secondary scoring for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2013, Team USA left the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) with a medal, taking home the bronze medal with a dominating 8-3 rout of Sweden on the last day of tournament. Earlier in the tournament on Dec. 28th, the U.S. had lost to Sweden 1-0 in preliminary round play. Read more »

2016 WJC Review: Undisciplined play prevents Canada from defending gold

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2016 WJC Review: Undisciplined play prevents Canada from defending gold

Photo: Team Canada players celebrate during their quarterfinal match against Finland, but there wasn’t much to celebrate after that country’s sixth place finish at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Canada made the trek to Finland last month with the same goal it always sets for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. That is, capture a gold medal. It is generally felt in Canada that achieving anything less is considered to be a failure. Read more »

Prospect Impressions: McCool’s spin-o-rama, Watson and Dal Colle lift Frontenacs, plus more top plays

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Prospect Impressions: McCool’s spin-o-rama, Watson and Dal Colle lift Frontenacs, plus more top plays

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones has scored at a point-per-game pace in his first OHL season, posting 17 goals and 33 points in 32 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two spin-o-rama’s by Hayden McCool and Max Jones kick off a great week on Prospect Impressions. The Kingston Frontenacs are in the news after a big trade, and their new acquisition immediately makes an impact. Plenty of highlights await, including a couple of unreal saves and an unfortunate but hilarious mishap. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Patrik Laine and Julius Nattinen, Finland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Patrik Laine and Julius Nattinen, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forwards Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Sebastian Aho (R) celebrate Aho’s goal in the third period of the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Finland captured their second U20 title in three years after defeating Russia in overtime by a 4-3 score. As the scorer of the overtime, “Golden Goal” at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, Kasperi Kapanen (TOR) joined countrymen Rasmus Ristolainen (2014) and Niklas Hagman (1998) as Finns that have secured the gold for their country at this event with an overtime marker. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Auston Matthews, USA

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Auston Matthews, USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews finished the 2016 IIHF World Junior Tournament with seven goals and four assists in seven games (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Coming into the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Team USA forward Auston Matthews was considered the top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft competing at this event. Matthews did nothing to dent that reputation over the course of the tournament as he finished tied for fourth in WJC scoring with teammate and fellow 2016 prospect, Matthew Tkachuk. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Jacob Larsson and Joel Eriksson Ek, Sweden

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Jacob Larsson and Joel Eriksson Ek, Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Jacob Larsson will now return to SHL club Frolunda to continue his 2015-16 campaign after the completion of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden made a nice run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, finishing atop a tough Group A while compiling the best record among the countries competing at this year’s event in Helsinki, Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Kapanen’s OT goal gives Finland the gold in win over Russia

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Kapanen’s OT goal gives Finland the gold in win over Russia

Photo: Team Finland players Kasperi Kapanen and Joni Tuulola (R) along with other Finnish players begin their gold medal celebration after Kapanen’s overtime goal gave Finland the 4-3 win over Russia in the championship game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

It may have been a nerve-wracking game for the hometown fans to watch, but Team Finland’s 4-3 overtime victory over Russia in the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will be that much more memorable for all involved after a see-saw third period and sudden-death goal. Read more »

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