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Prospect Impressions returns as Eichel, McDavid shine and Matthews, Veleno tab firsts

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Prospect Impressions returns as Eichel, McDavid shine and Matthews, Veleno tab firsts

Photo: Edmonton Oilers forward prospect Connor McDavid made his semi-official debut in an Oilers uniform in Edmonton’s first preseason game on Sept. 21, 2015 (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

In performances you would expect from the first and second overall picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel led their respective teams to prospect tournament victories. There were also a pair of firsts, as 2016 hopeful Auston Matthews tallied his first goal in Zurich, Switzerland and Joseph Veleno, the first exceptional player from Quebec, scored his first QMJHL goal. Meanwhile, Calgary’s crease is loaded, but Jon Gillies is making sure he’s not forgotten, and another former prospect goaltender has a little fun with what’s left of his offseason in a remake of a cult-classic film. Read more »

2018 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia forward Milos Roman

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2018 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia forward Milos Roman

Photo: Trinec forward and 2018 prospect Milos Roman posted 23 goals and 42 points in 36 games for Trinec’s U18 squad in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

At the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the international ice hockey community got to see a number of young men available for the 2016 and even 2017 drafts. In Milos Roman of Slovakia, it witnessed a player first eligible for the 2018 draft, but you’d never have known it with the way he played, taking a regular shift on the team’s third line. Read more »

2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia forward Adam Ruzicka

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2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia forward Adam Ruzicka

Photo: HC Pardubice forward and 2017 prospect Adam Ruzicka scored 10 goals and 22 points in 22 games for Pardubice’s U18 team in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Although only 16 years of age, 6’3” and 187-pound forward Adam Ruzicka was very noticeable in a top-nine role for Slovakia at the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Banging his body into opponents whenever necessary, Ruzicka seemed to improve from game to game, quickly adjusting to the demands of international hockey. Read more »

2018 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Switzerland forward Nando Eggenberger

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2018 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Switzerland forward Nando Eggenberger

Photo: Davos forward and 2018 prospect Nando Eggenberger posted 15 goals and 31 points in 29 games for the Davos U17 squad last season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Already checking in at 6’1” and 180 pounds, 15 year old Nando Eggenberger didn’t look out of place a bit at the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, even if Switzerland was only able to garner two points on the strength of an overtime penalty shot victory over Slovakia in the team’s final game. Read more »

2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland forward Kristian Vesalainen

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2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland forward Kristian Vesalainen

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and 2017 prospect Kristian Vesalainen scored 10 goals and 15 points in 18 games HIFK’s U18 squad in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For the 1999-born Kristian Vesalainen, the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was an opportunity to show the international scouting community just how far he has come in his development. Already measuring in at a huge 6’3” and 203 pounds as a 16 year old, Vesalainen took a regular shift on the strong Finnish side’s second line. Read more »

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