Photo: Team USA defender Will Borgen (L) and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (R) prevent Czech Republic forward Tomas Soustal from scoring in the USA’s 7-0 win over the Czechs at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
Team USA earned the chance to face the team that knocked them out of last year’s tournament after posting a 7-0 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win means the U.S. will play Russia, who sent the Americans home early at last year’s WJC. Read more»
Photo: Team Sweden defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Gustav Forsling is in his second season in the SHL, where he plays for Linkoping HC (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)
Team Sweden remained undefeated at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship after eking out a 1-0 win over the USA in a Group A battle at the Helsinki Ice Hall in Finland. Read more»
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Radovan Bondra is growing into a physically dominant player and could help Team Slovakia surprise at the World Juniors (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
If it weren’t for the selections made in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks would have only one prospect skating at the junior level. In fact, four of their seven selections from this past summer’s draft are currently playing in either the WHL, OHL, or USHL. The Blackhawks typically shy away from drafting players from the CHL, but the 2015 draft saw the organization take a different approach when selecting talent for the future.
Photo: Devin Shore took the long road to the pros, playing Jr. A hockey with the OJHL’s Whitby Fury before joining the University of Maine for three seasons. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
Welcome to the November edition of On the Rush. There is definitely a bit of variety in this month’s outing. We have a burgeoning mobile defenseman from the Philadelphia Flyers, a collegiate standout at Harvard, a pair of struggling first round selections from Dallas, two league-leading scorers, and even a Latvian winger out of the lesser known Norwegian league. From the Ivy League to Norway, it is quite an assortment. That happens to be right up our alley here at On the Rush. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty, and take a look at last month’s leaders and trailers from around the prospect world. 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»