(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Mikko Rantanen and Patrik Laine, Finland

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

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»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: David Pastrnak and Simon Stransky, Czech Republic

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Simon Stransky - Team Czech Republic - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Prince Albert Raiders forward and 2016 prospect Simon Stransky netted the opening goal for the Czech Republic in their 5-3 win over Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

With host Finland on the docket for a New Year’s Eve showdown, Team Czech Republic could ill afford to lose to a lesser team like Belarus if they wanted to stay ahead of their Group B counterpart while also maintaining a chance to win the group outright. Read more»

AHL Eastern Conference Notebook, December, 2015: Penguins hit some turbulence, Griffith rebounds from early-season injury

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Kyle Rau - Portland Pirates

Photo: Portland Pirates forward and Florida Panthers prospect Kyle Rau (#42) is currently tied for fourth in goals in the AHL with 13 in 27 games this season (courtesy of Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

As players return from the holiday break with the halfway point of the 2015-16 AHL season approaching, teams from each division in the AHL Eastern Conference have separated themselves from the rest of the field and created a logjam behind them battling for playoff position. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: A pair of diving saves, two Finns flash their skills, and the Penguins’ version of “Home Alone”

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Michael McNiven - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack goaltender and Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven is ranked 10th in the OHL in goals-against with a 2.80 average, and ninth with a .907 save percentage (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Troy Grosenick and Michael McNiven lead the way with a pair of must-see saves. A pair of Finns showcase their skills, while the Czech Republic hopes David Pastrnak joins them in time for the World Junior Championship. Finally, the Pittsburgh Penguins put their spin on a holiday cult classic in this must-see edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»

AHL Western Conference Notebook, December, 2015: Griffins on a roll, Montour fitting in nicely in rookie campaign

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Brandon Montour - San Diego Gulls

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»

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