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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Rudolfs Balcers, Latvia

by Chapin Landvogt
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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Rudolfs Balcers, Latvia

Photo: Stavanger Oilers forward Rudolfs Balcers has competed in Norway since the 2011-12 season, and he is currently competing in Norway’s top league (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Although they are tied with Switzerland for the bottom position in Group B at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, Team Latvia’s performance at this tournament has not been without its good points. The team has generally been competitive in each of their games, and they did manage to produce six goals against Canada. Read more »

Oilers leap Sabres, Coyotes to land first overall selection in NHL Draft Lottery

by Ken McKenna
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Oilers leap Sabres, Coyotes to land first overall selection in NHL Draft Lottery

Photo: Top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Dylan Strome (L), Connor McDavid (C), and Noah Hanifin (R) meet with the media following the selection of the Edmonton Oilers as the winners of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The hype that has been building up surrounding the identity of Connor McDavid‘s next hockey home reached it’s zenith on Saturday night with the holding of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto, ON. Fourteen NHL clubs, all of whom missed the playoffs this season, had a shot at landing McDavid, but only one team would head home a happy group. Read more »

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Mathew Barzal, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Mathew Barzal, Canada

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal produced 12 goals and 57 points in 44 games in an injury-shortened 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada came into the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship looking to improve upon their bronze medal showing at last year’s tournament. They got off on the right foot – offensively, at least – posting an 11-6 win over Latvia on Day 1 of the tournament. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada hopes to peak at right time in quest for gold

by Jason Menard
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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada hopes to peak at right time in quest for gold

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Stephens will be an important offensive player for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In many ways, it’s the tournament that Canada forgets — and, as evidenced by its early returns, it appears that Team Canada may have passed over the beginning of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more »

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Question marks at defense, in goal could hamper Finland’s medal aspirations

by Tony Piscotta
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2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Question marks at defense, in goal could hamper Finland’s medal aspirations

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and 2016 prospect Jesse Puljujarvi will be a player of interest for NHL scouts at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The 2014-15 season has been a difficult one for Finland‘s U18 team. Both at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and in the most recent Five Nations Tournament, the squad has been uncharacteristically charitable in giving up scoring opportunities and have left their goaltenders out to dry at times. Read more »

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