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2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Switzerland forward Nico Hischier

by Chapin Landvogt
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2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Switzerland forward Nico Hischier

Photo: Bern forward and 2017 prospect Nico Hischier produced 28 goals and 61 points in 22 games for Bern’s U17 squad in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

 

 

As an underager who will first be talked about once the 2017 NHL Draft rolls around, young Nico Hischier was recently Switzerland’s most outstanding player at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Pivoting the first line, the 5’11”, 163-pound forward often wowed the crowd with some spectacular goals and strong overall play in a very creative capacity. Having finished the tournament with three goals and six points for the seventh place Swiss entry, Hischier clearly displayed that he will be the most closely watched Swiss prospect over the next two winters. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia goaltender Jan Koziak

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2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia goaltender Jan Koziak

Photo: HC Slovan Bratislava goaltender and 2016 prospect Jan Koziak appeared in 34 games for Bratislava’s U18 squad in 2014-15, posting a 2.26 goals-against average and .936 save percentage (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

 

 

After several Slovak goalies were taken in the most recent NHL Draft, it’s clear that Slovak goaltenders are rightfully getting a good amount of attention from the scouting community. Jan Koziak is widely considered one of the top Slovak goalies heading into next summer’s draft. He played the 2014-15 season with HC Slovan Bratislava’s U18 and U20 teams. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland defenseman Tarmo Reunanen

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2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland defenseman Tarmo Reunanen

Photo: TPS Turku defenseman and 2016 prospect Tarmo Reunanen produced eight goals and 30 points in 42 games for the U20 team in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

 

Defenseman Tarmo Reunanen was a lynchpin as a top four defenseman for a surprisingly good Finnish club at this year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Never shying away from opposition shots or physical play, Reunanen consistently battled in the corners, came away with pucks, and headily moved them up to his forward teammates. He finished the tournament with one assist along with six penalty minutes in five games. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

by Tony Piscotta
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2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

Photo: Colorado Avalanche 2015 first round pick Mikko Rantanen signed an entry-level deal with the team in July (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

 

 

Entering the 2015 NHL Draft, there was much uncertainty regarding the prospects coming out of Finland. TPS Turku center Mikko Rantanen was the top-ranked European skater according to Central Scouting, but after that it was anybody’s guess as to how things would go in Sunrise, Florida. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Tyson Jost, Canada

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Tyson Jost, Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward Tyson Jost competed for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL in 2014-15, posting 23 goals and 22 assists in 46 games, and another 10 goals and 14 points in 21 postseason games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

 

Team Canada netted 23 goals over the course of the fives games the team played at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Fourteen different players netted at least one goal for Canada in their run to yet another gold medal at this event, a testament to the balanced attack that was on display in Breclav this past week. Read more »

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