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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Finland linemates Aleksander Barkov and Joonas Donskoi

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with Finland linemates Aleksander Barkov and Joonas Donskoi

Photo: Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (#16) notched four goals and three assists for Team Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Finland took on host Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Championship, a game won by the Czechs, 5-3.

A trio of Team Finland players spent time before the game vs. the Czech Republic talking about a few of the things in their hockey lives. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Reinhart, Vasilevskiy lead Top 10 section of Spring ranking

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Reinhart, Vasilevskiy lead Top 10 section of Spring ranking

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart tied for the scoring lead at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, posting 11 points in seven games for Team Canada (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the top 10 prospects.

The top 10 consists of six forwards, two defensemen, and two goaltenders. Five of the players in this top 10 were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft while nine are former first round picks. Read more »

Skjei and Buchnevich among New York Rangers prospects deserving of praise

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Skjei and Buchnevich among New York Rangers prospects deserving of praise

Photo: Upon completion of his junior year with the University of Minnesota, Brady Skjei joined the AHL’s Hartford  Wolf Pack, where he is competing in the Calder Cup Playoffs. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers system took a hit due to graduations and trades, but a select few prospects stood out in respective categories. Some players surprised, like Adam Tambellini and Mackenzie Skapski, while others like Dylan McIlrath and Cristoval Nieves disappointed. Read more »

Off the Radar: Family atmosphere in Erie propels Otters’ Betz towards redemption at the NHL Draft

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Off the Radar: Family atmosphere in Erie propels Otters’ Betz towards redemption at the NHL Draft

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Nick Betz tripled his output from the 2013-14 season, posting 54 points in 60 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For the average, North American sports fan, the first Saturday in May is typically reserved for the Kentucky Derby. But this year in Erie, Pennsylvania, 6,500 citizens witnessed Erie Otters forward Nick Betz score just three minutes into Game Six of the OHL Western Conference Finals. Read more »

NHL Draft Primer: Samsonov tops among European goalies, fan favorites not far behind

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NHL Draft Primer: Samsonov tops among European goalies, fan favorites not far behind

Photo: HK Orange 20 goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla led his country to a bronze medal at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, where he was named that tournament’s Best Goaltender (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

As the focus shifts to European goaltending, there are a bevy of top talents available, but a few lingering fan favorites may have an opportunity to hear their name called at the 2015 NHL Draft. Among them, Ilya Samsonov leads the pack, with a pair of talented Czechs not far behind him. Those who attended or watched the 2015 World Junior Championship should recognize fan favorites George Sorensen and Denis Godla, two of a strong list of European options in net in this week’s NHL Draft Primer. Read more »

Carolina Hurricanes prospects show promise despite frustrating season

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Carolina Hurricanes prospects show promise despite frustrating season

Photo: Trevor Carrick had a productive rookie season with the Charlotte Checkers, scoring 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 75 games. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

For several Carolina Hurricanes prospects, the 2014-15 season was rife with losing records, injuries, and disappointment. But despite the many setbacks, there was still excitement to be had—and hope for the future. Read more »

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Islanders, Ducks each land two prospects in 11-20 group

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Top 50 NHL Prospects: Islanders, Ducks each land two prospects in 11-20 group

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander produced 32 points in 37 games for the Marlies during the 2014-15 regular season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Spring edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the 11 thru 20 section. All of the players in this section of the ranking are projected to have bright NHL careers ahead of them, and several – with hard work and a little luck – could develop into stars. Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks prospects prove future is bright in 2014-15

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Chicago Blackhawks prospects prove future is bright in 2014-15

Photo: Chicago signed Trevor van Riemsdyk out of the University of New Hampshire back in 2014; he looks like a good option to bolster the defense next season (courtesy of Paul Bergstrom/Icon Sportswire)

The Blackhawks are stockpiled with young talent, especially down the middle and on defense. Six of those prospects got a look at some point during the 2014-15 season, the most notable being Finnish phenom Teuvo Teravainen.

However, with Chicago having eliminated the Minnesota Wild in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s quite evident head coach Joel Quenneville feels more comfortable playing his seasoned veterans in the postseason as supposed to the rookies. Teravainen and Joakim Nordstrom only dressed for two games in the first round series against the Nashville Predators, while defenseman Michael Paliotta has been a healthy scratch.

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with rivals Matthias Plachta, Michael Raffl

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2015 World Championship: Interviews with rivals Matthias Plachta, Michael Raffl

Photo: Mannheim Adler forward Matthias Plachta (L) was one of the more effective forwards for Team Germany at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, helping that country avoid relegation for next year’s tournament (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Winger Matthias Plachta, 22, is coming off a championship season with Mannheim Adler of the German DEL in which he had a total of 19 goals, 44 points and a +20 rating over 62 games. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, the national team winger has been gaining international attention while contributing two goals to the very low-scoring German effort at this tournament. Read more »

Prokhorkin, Kamenev the best among small group of NHL-drafted centers in Russia

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Prokhorkin, Kamenev the best among small group of NHL-drafted centers in Russia

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev (L) posted a goal and three assists for Russia’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

As might be noticed in international competition, the center position is often an area that Russia has some trouble filling with younger prospects, as that country instead fills with veterans like Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeny Malkin because of the apparent lack of production from younger, less established players. But recently, there have been some signs of trend inversion as there have been some centers drafted by NHL teams out of the KHL. Read more »

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