There will be fireworks this holiday season at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, and hockey pundits are certain: Team Sweden will be responsible for many of them!
For the national program itself, it is time to clear the slate after Finland crashed Sweden’s home country party at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, where Finland triumphed on a Rasmus Ristolainen overtime goal in the gold medal game. Read more»
The Philadelphia Flyers organization is still heavily populated with defensemen, several of them high-end ones. But the Flyers have added some forwards with more talent and upside, which is what an organization known for gritty forwards needs. Philadelphia also has more goaltending depth for the first time in several years. Read more»
Leadership is often one of the first things teams discuss when evaluating prospects, and for Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads, both players will adorn new letters this year. In the WHL, a surprising early cut from training camp faces off against a diminutive forward, and two draft-eligible players from the NAHL, as well as two Ottawa Senators prospects lead their teams into weekend action. Read more»
As in years past, this fall will see pro hockey in Sweden at the SHL and Allsvenskan level kick off with a virtual army of NHL-drafted players. Many of these young men will be taking their first steps at the pro level and, as has been proven time and time again, the world of professional hockey in Sweden has often served as the ideal step towards a long-term NHL career. Read more»