2015 WJC Preview: Sweden looks to break string of silvers with gold medal

by Chapin Landvogt
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William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: MODO forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander will lead the offense for Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

 

The drama last winter in Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championship could hardly be topped. Playing at home in front of crowds sized larger than 12,500 per game, Team Sweden defeated one opponent after another with a literal dream team of U20 athletes. Then they faced the tourney’s upstart team, and their archrival, Finland and it seemed the stars were aligned for a victory parade that few Swedish junior teams had ever topped. Winning the WJC in their home country would have been a story ripe for Hollywood. Read more»

The Top Five potential diamonds in the rough among NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Anton Forsberg - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Anton Forsberg recently received his first NHL start but has spent most of the the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons (courtesy of Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The farther down the NHL Draft order you go, the less chance you have of ever playing in the NHL, let alone being productive. It gets to the point where, come the seventh round, only the most die-hard of fans have heard of you, and the most common reaction to your draft announcement is, “who?”. Read more»

Dynamic group of forwards represent Buffalo Sabres at CHL level

by Jason Chen
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Vaclav Karabacek - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Vaclav Karabacek is one of seven prospects representing the Buffalo Sabres in the Canadian major junior hockey ranks. Karabacek was picked in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

Many of the Buffalo Sabres‘ top prospects are already earning their stripes in the pros, but the organization’s war chest of young players runs deep, with several other key prospects currently playing in the CHL and USHL.

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SHL Prospects Notebook, November, 2014: Class of 2014 playing well in early going

by Chapin Landvogt
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Kevin Fiala - HV71 Jonkoping

Photo: HV71 forward and Nashville Predators prospect Kevin Fiala has scored at a nearly point-per-game pace so far in the 2014-15 SHL season (courtesy of HV71 Jonkoping/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 SHL season is well underway and Sweden‘s hockey scene remains the most exciting in the European sphere for NHL fans. Serving as the European country that’s produced the most non-North American prospects over the past four drafts, the leagues are chock full of current and future NHL prospects. Read more»

Rebuilding Buffalo Sabres boast deep, talented group of prospects

by Jason Chen
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Jake McCabe - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.

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