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Catching up with Finnish prospects Waltteri Hopponen and Joel Kiviranta

by Chapin Landvogt
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Catching up with Finnish prospects Waltteri Hopponen and Joel Kiviranta

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

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

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

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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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Jack Dougherty and Joseph Snively, 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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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Julio Billia, Canada

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

NCAA

  1. 1. Jack Eichel
  2. 2. Noah Hanifin
  3. 3. Zach Werenski
  4. 4. Gavin Bayreuther
  5. 5. Scott Savage
  6. 6. Alex Sakellaropoulos
  1. 7. Tyler Moy
  2. 8. Nick Schilkey
  3. 9. John Stevens
  4. 10. Brendan Harms
  5. 11. Shane Conacher
  6. 12. Mika Ilvonen

OHL

  1. 1. Connor McDavid
  2. 2. Dylan Strome
  3. 3. Mitch Marner
  4. 4. Lawson Crouse
  5. 5. Pavel Zacha
  6. 6. Travis Konecny
  7. 7. Vince Dunn
  8. 8. Mitchell Vande Sompel
  9. 9. Darby Llewellyn
  1. 10. Josh Sterk
  2. 11. Ryan Foss
  3. 12. Blake Clarke
  4. 13. Zach Bratina
  5. 14. Phil Baltisberger
  6. 15. Alexander Protapovich
  7. 16. Dmitrii Sergeev
  8. 17. Dakota Mermis
  9. 18. Max Iafrate
  10. 19. Gianluca Curcuruto

QMJHL

  1. 1. Timo Meier
  2. 2. Thomas Chabot
  3. 3. Evgeny Svechnikov
  4. 4. Filip Chlapik
  5. 5. Jakub Zboril
  6. 6. Daniel Sprong
  7. 7. Jeremy Roy
  8. 8. Dennis Yan
  9. 9. Anthony Beauvillier
  10. 10. Gabriel Gagne
  11. 11. Vladimir Tkachyov
  12. 12. Alexandre Goulet
  13. 13. Daniel Moynihan
  1. 14. Julio Billia
  2. 15. Matt Murphy
  3. 16. Anthony DeLuca
  4. 17. Emil Aronsson
  5. 18. Nikita Lyamkin
  6. 19. Mark Simpson
  7. 20. Kurt Etchegary
  8. 21. Scott Oke
  9. 22. Eric Brassard
  10. 23. Sebastien Auger
  11. 24. Denis Gorbunov
  12. 25. Philippe Gadoury
  13. 26. Jacob Sweeney

USA Juniors

  1. 1. Colin White
  2. 2. Edwin Minney
  3. 3. Ryan Hitchcock
  1. 4. Mitch Slattery
  2. 5. Nick Wolff
  3. 6. Dylan Malmquist

USHL

  1. 1. Kyle Connor
  2. 2. Brock Boeser
  3. 3. Thomas Novak
  1. 4. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson
  2. 5. Seamus Malone
  3. 6. Karson Kuhlman

WHL

  1. 1. Mathew Barzal
  2. 2. Ivan Provorov
  3. 3. Paul Bittner
  4. 4. Jansen Harkins
  5. 5. Jake DeBrusk
  6. 6. Noah Juulsen
  7. 7. Nick Merkley
  8. 8. Ryan Pilon
  9. 9. Brandon Carlo
  10. 10. Austin Wagner
  1. 11. Reid Gardiner
  2. 12. Adam Helewka
  3. 13. Luke Philp
  4. 14. Riley Stadel
  5. 15. Dallas Valentine
  6. 16. Tyson Baillie
  7. 17. Kris Khenkel
  8. 18. Ty Edmonds
  9. 19. Austin Lotz
  10. 20. Spenser Jensen
  11. 21. Ty Stanton

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