Photo: Team Russia defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov was named the Best Defenseman of the 2015 World Junior Championship by the IIHF Directorate (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
After a hard-fought round robin at the 2015 World Junior Championship, with a loss against Czech Republic and a shootout needed to defeat Denmark, Team Russia had a strong showing during the playoff round. They defeated the USA and Sweden to move on to the gold medal game, only to drop a one-goal game to Canada en route to a silver medal. Valeri Bragin did a great job of motivating the team, even during the championship game when Canada was leading by three goals. Read more»
Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Shore recently received his first call up to the NHL. Shore was picked by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
Welcome to the January 2015 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.
Photo: Forward Anders Lee has been a reliable offensive contributor for the New York Islanders this season. Lee is a former sixth round draft pick. (courtesy of Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
The New York Islanders are off to a fantastic start to the 2014-15 season with a 28-13-1 record. They currently contending for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and have among the most potent offenses in the NHL.
Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov is currently second in scoring among WHL defensemen with 37 points in 35 games (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)
Team Russia will arrive at the 2015 World Junior Championship with some momentum after that country’s solid Subway Super Series win last month. The team, led by Valery Bragin, back to the national team after the two-year run by Mikhail Varnakov, features the usual powerful offensive force, very good goaltending and suspect defense. The absence of Buffalo Sabres‘ defenseman Nikita Zadorov will surely affect the team, as he was thought to be a potential first-pairing defenseman. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Ryan Pulock has made an immediate impact on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, managing 11 goals and five assists in his first 25 games. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders have an abundance of prospects playing at the professional level. The influx of junior prospects from last season has led to an improved Sound Tiger team.