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(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 »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Sweden heads into quarterfinal match on a high note

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Sweden heads into quarterfinal match on a high note

Photo: Team Sweden forward and 2017 prospect Lias Andersson saw his first SHL action with HV71, appearing in 22 regular season and four playoff games for that club in 2015-16 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After a somewhat wobbly start to their 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team Sweden finished the preliminary round of the tournament strongly, outscoring their final two opponents by a 13-2 count. The most recent win came against Russia, a convincing 5-1 victory that has the Swedes primed for their quarterfinal match against Slovakia. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Russia stumbles into quarterfinal match against Finland

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Russia stumbles into quarterfinal match against Finland

Photo: Team Russia defenseman Mikhail Sergachev is a top defensive prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft after a strong rookie season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Team Russia wrapped up its preliminary round schedule with a 5-1 loss to Sweden at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. The hastily assembled team has had trouble developing into a cohesive unti to this point of the tournament with a tough quarterfinal matchup against Finland on the horizon. Read more »

Columbus Blue Jackets stockpile back end with NCAA and European talent

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Columbus Blue Jackets stockpile back end with NCAA and European talent

Photo: 6’5 stay-at-homer Ryan Collins registered four assists and spent 35 minutes in the sin bin this season. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

Since Jarmo Kekäläinen took over the general manager duties for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the organization has shown a fondness for European prospects, particularly in the later rounds. The 2015 NHL Draft was a prime example of that when the Jackets went overseas for five of their nine draft picks, and given the success of some of those picks already it’s a trend that could be expected to continue. Read more »

Wide range of possibilities for Dallas Stars prospects playing European or college hockey

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Wide range of possibilities for Dallas Stars prospects playing European or college hockey

Photo: the Michigan Wolverines will have to score and defend with a team mentality next season, and Dallas Stars prospect Joseph Cecconi will be an important part of the blueline (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

With the playoffs underway, the Dallas Stars have proven adept at acquiring top-shelf NHL talent under General Manager Jim Nill, who has now been at the helm for three years. Other avenues of procurement have yet to pay such immediate dividends, but the Stars have some good players in every major league – including college hockey and the European leagues. Although some of the players are off the radar for the casual fan – and perhaps even management – others put together some encouraging work in the 2015-16 season.

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McCarron and Fucale among many Montreal Canadiens prospects recalled in 2015-16

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McCarron and Fucale among many Montreal Canadiens prospects recalled in 2015-16

Photo: Zachary Fucale sat on the bench in a backup role for three games in Montreal this season, but failed to take the ice. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens made 16 recalls from the St. John’s IceCaps in the second half. Their scoring woes, which started at the beginning of December after the loss of Carey Price, have given the team one of their worst slumps since the 2001-02 season with a record of 32–30–6. While the loss of their most valuable player has had a significant impact on their play, their goal drought has had its upsides, giving a few young prospects a chance to get a taste of the NHL experience. Read more »

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada holds off hard-working Slovakia squad

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(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada holds off hard-working Slovakia squad

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Brett Howden scored 24 goals and 64 points in 68 regular season games for the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2015-16, then added 15 points in 10 playoff games (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

Team Canada faced off against a pesky Slovakia squad that kept the game interesting until the end, with Canada coming away with a 3-1 win to maintain their unbeaten status at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, ND. Read more »

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