The team representing Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championship (WJC) will arrive as the defending champions. The current group will also be pegged as a pre-tournament favorite. However, the group looks to be in tough to repeat as gold medalists. Read more»
When teams face the Everett Silvertips these days, they can expect at least 20 minutes or so of real hard hockey.
All coaches and players will tell us it is all about playing hard for the entire 60 minutes, but when the Silvertips take the ice, the opposition now knows it will have to contend with the skills and ferocity of defenseman Noah Juulsen (MTL) for at least a third of the tilt. While the veteran rearguard patrols the blueline, he logs plenty of ice time while eyeing a job in professional hockey. One could say he is leaving his mark on WHL opponents. Read more»
When Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk was drafted in 2012, most NHL pundits referred to the situation as a major shake-up. One thing that did not change was the man in power, Trevor Timmins, who was majorly responsible for how the Canadiens drafted over the last decade or so. Since 2003, he has aided in re-stocking the historic franchise’s cupboards. Read more»
The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge pits two countrymen against each other as the tournament comes to a conclusion this week. There is also a pair of international talents going one-on-one for the first time in their careers in the OHL, while another strong European is leading the way for his squad against one of the most feared forwards in the QMJHL. In the WHL, two of the league’s top defenseman are a big part of their respective team’s success, while a pair of college forwards who once scored in bunches try to re-ignite their games in this week’s Prospect Faceoff. Read more»
The Montreal Canadiens have been known for excellent drafting and patience in prospect development, and we are beginning to see major results. Several of their first- and second-round selections are on the verge of taking the next big step to becoming a regular NHL player, after progressing through the farm system. Among those names, Nikita Scherbak and Mike McCarron head the list, with Charles Hudon trailing not too far behind—all names that are a big part of the team in Saint John’s. Read more»