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2013 NHL Draft Results – Round 1

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Catching up with Finnish prospects Waltteri Hopponen and Joel Kiviranta

by Chapin Landvogt
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Waltteri Hopponen - Finland

Photo: Espoo Blues right wing and 2014 prospect Waltteri Hopponen was chosen 10th overall at the 2013 CHL Import Draft by the WHL’s Everett Silvertips (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

 

Hailing from the Espoo Blues organization stationed right outside of Helsinki, the 6’1”, 180-pound left winger Waltteri Hopponen most recently represented Team Finland at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament that took place in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Waltteri spoke to Hockey’s Future for a few moments after a 5-1 victory over Slovakia at the Ivan Hlinka.

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Kempe following in footsteps of family members on path to NHL career

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Adrian Kempe - MODO

Photo: MODO forward and 2014 prospect Adrian Kempe has a brother playing in Sweden’s top league as well as a father coaching at a lower level of Swedish hockey (courtesy of MODO)

 

Sweden is a hockey country that produces first-round draft prospects every year, with the 2014 draft class being no exception. Led by top-three prospect William Nylander Altelius, the son of former NHL forward Michael Nylander, there are more talented young guns coming out of Sweden and into the big league next year. Another of those rising Swedish stars is Adrian Kempe, who is currently considered first-round material and had a great showing at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

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2013 Ivan Hlinka: Swiss forward Fiala honing his game in Sweden

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Kevin Fiala - HV71

Photo: HV71 forward and 2014 prospect Kevin Fiala is looking to continue the string of Swiss prospects chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft (courtesy of Andy Mueller/freshfocus)

 

Luca Sbisa, Nino Niederreiter, Sven Baertschi, Mirco Mueller. Since 2008, Switzerland has had more success in the first round of the NHL Draft than Slovakia or the Czech Republic, the two countries that hosted the annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and two of the hockey nations generally regarded as being stronger than Switzerland. If this trend continues, the Swiss may well surpass those two nations.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jack Dougherty and Joseph Snively, USA

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Jack Dougherty - USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman and 2014 prospect Jack Dougherty is one of a handful of Ohio State recruits to decommit from that program after the firing of OSU head coach Mark Osiecki (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

Team USA finished with the most points at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, but Team Canada took home the gold medal after defeating the USA, 4-0, in the championship game.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Julio Billia, Canada

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Julio Billia - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens goaltender and 2014 prospect Julio Billia should be the starter in Chicoutimi now that last year’s starter, Christopher Gibson, has moved on (courtesy of Le guide de Montreal-Nord)

 

Canada's relative woes in recent international tournaments have largely been pegged to weaker than usual goaltending. But the tide may be turning for the Canadians, if the 2013 U18 WJC and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament are any indication.

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Top Prospects: Leagues

CJHL

  1. 1. Alex Coulombe
  1. 2. Jack Ramsey

NCAA

  1. 1. Zach Nagelvoort
  1. 2. Alex Sakellaropoulos
  2. 3. Thatcher Demko

OHL

  1. 1. Sam Bennett
  2. 2. Aaron Ekblad
  3. 3. Michael Dal Colle
  4. 4. Nick Ritchie
  5. 5. Brendan Perlini
  6. 6. Anthony DeAngelo
  7. 7. Jared McCann
  8. 8. Nikolay Goldobin
  9. 9. Roland McKeown
  10. 10. Josh Ho-Sang
  11. 11. Eric Cornel
  12. 12. Robby Fabbri
  13. 13. Aaron Haydon
  14. 14. Connor Chatham
  15. 15. Ryan MacInnis
  16. 16. Alex Peters
  17. 17. Michael Bunting
  18. 18. Brendan Lemieux
  19. 19. Spencer Watson
  1. 20. Blake Siebenaler
  2. 21. Alex Nedeljkovic
  3. 22. Matt Mistele
  4. 23. Jacob Middleton
  5. 24. Blake Clarke
  6. 25. Dakota Mermis
  7. 26. Max Iafrate
  8. 27. Brent Moran
  9. 28. Brandon Halverson
  10. 29. Zach Bratina
  11. 30. Nick Magyar
  12. 31. Michael Amadio
  13. 32. Christian Dvorak
  14. 33. Kyle Jenkins
  15. 34. Josh Wesley
  16. 35. Dylan Sadowy
  17. 36. Jaden Lindo
  18. 37. Darby Llewellyn
  19. 38. Alexander Protapovich

QMJHL

  1. 1. Ivan Barbashev
  2. 2. Nikolaj Ehlers
  3. 3. Vaclav Karabacek
  4. 4. Nicolas Aube-Kubel
  5. 5. Emil Aronsson
  6. 6. Clark Bishop
  7. 7. Julien Nantel
  8. 8. Daniel Audette
  9. 9. Mason McDonald
  10. 10. Julio Billia
  11. 11. Alexis Vanier
  12. 12. Kurt Etchegary
  1. 13. Scott Oke
  2. 14. Eric Brassard
  3. 15. Sebastien Auger
  4. 16. Nikita Jevpalovs
  5. 17. Anthony DeLuca
  6. 18. Denis Gorbunov
  7. 19. Philippe Gadoury
  8. 20. Cameron Darcy
  9. 21. Daniel Walcott
  10. 22. Matt Murphy
  11. 23. Jacob Sweeney
  12. 24. Vladimir Tkachyov

USA Juniors

  1. 1. Dylan Larkin
  2. 2. Alex Tuch
  3. 3. Jack Glover
  4. 4. Jack Dougherty
  5. 5. Ryan Collins
  6. 6. Johnathan MacLeod
  7. 7. Joe Wegwerth
  1. 8. Shane Gersich
  2. 9. Ryan Hitchcock
  3. 10. Anders Bjork
  4. 11. Ryan Donato
  5. 12. Sonny Milano
  6. 13. Edwin Minney
  7. 14. Chase Perry

USHL

  1. 1. Nick Schmaltz
  2. 2. Shane Eiserman
  3. 3. Joshua Jacobs
  1. 4. Austin Poganski
  2. 5. Ryan Mantha
  3. 6. Seamus Malone

WHL

  1. 1. Leon Draisaitl
  2. 2. Sam Reinhart
  3. 3. Haydn Fleury
  4. 4. Jake Virtanen
  5. 5. Julius Honka
  6. 6. Brycen Martin
  7. 7. Nikita Scherbak
  8. 8. Chase De Leo
  9. 9. Conner Bleackley
  10. 10. John Quenneville
  11. 11. Reid Gardiner
  1. 12. Jayce Hawryluk
  2. 13. Ben Thomas
  3. 14. Nelson Nogier
  4. 15. Ty Edmonds
  5. 16. Aaron Irving
  6. 17. Spenser Jensen
  7. 18. Ty Stanton
  8. 19. Austin Lotz
  9. 20. Ashton Sautner
  10. 21. Keegan Iverson
  11. 22. Dominic Turgeon