Photo: Team Finland forward Sebastian Aho (L) and goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (R) defend against Team Sweden forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson during Finland’s 2-1 semi-final win over Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
While Team Finland had displayed an impressive offensive performance prior to the semi-finals at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, there were some doubts that the Finns could come out on top in a tighter-checking affair in their semi-final bout against a strong and determined Swedish squad. Read more»
Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine is among the scoring leaders at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with four goals and eight points through four games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Team Finland has given the fans in Helsinki, Finland plenty to cheer about at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, to the tune of 23 goals in four preliminary round games. Their tight, 5-4 win over the Czech Republic on New Year’s Eve sends the Finns into the quarterfinals against Canada, the defending champions and a country that is never an easy out in any hockey tournament. Read more»
Photo: San Diego Gulls defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Brandon Montour split his 2014-15 season between the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks, the University of Massachusetts, and the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals (courtesy of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)
The Grand Rapids Griffins are named after a mythical creature – one that is part lion, part eagle — but the Detroit Red Wings prospects season has followed the path of another mythical beast.
Let’s just call them the Grand Rapids Phoenix with how they have burned up and then rebuilt under first-year head coach Todd Nelson. Read more»
Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Adam Marsh has had a productive 2015-16 campaign, posting 13 goals and 24 points in 29 QMJHL games (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
In this weeks Prospect Impressions, “Boo” Nieves goes coast-to-coast and scores a pretty one for the Michigan Wolverines. In the OHL, a pair of 16-year-olds shine, while Saint John Sea Dogs forward Adam Marsh goes between-the-legs in QMJHL action. Leon Draisaitl continues on his torrid scoring pace, re-energizing the Edmonton Oilers lineup on a daily basis. Lastly, a pair of goaltenders from Switzerland make it into this week’s highlights, one of them for a completely unorthodox reason. Read more»
Photo: Avalanche prospect and Baie-Comeau blueliner Nicolas Meloche plays a hard-nosed but skilled style, making him a valuable part of a versatile and underrated defensive group in the Colorado pipeline (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
Out of the Colorado Avalanche’s nine prospects playing junior hockey, five play in the QMJHL and all were drafted in the last two years.
For the first time in team history, the Avalanche left an entry draft without selecting any players from the WHL or OHL. Head coach Patrick Roy’s emphasis on targeting players from Europe and Quebec is a complete reversal from the previous regime’s preference and is just one of many philosophical differences in how he wants to run the organization with General Manager Joe Sakic.