In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of rookies notched their first NHL playoff goals this week, continuing to contribute right where they left off from the regular season. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is going to want a half-ice deflection back, and his teammate might want to join him in hiding for a pretty funny reason. There are a number of draft-eligible forwards who created some fantastic highlights this week, and a must-see, pregame presentation from Europe that unites the worlds of hockey and video games. Read more»
After a somewhat sluggish 25 minutes of play in their faceoff with Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, the Czech Republic put forth a concerted but unsuccessful effort to overcome a 3-0 deficit, ultimately dropping a 3-1 decision at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Read more»
After a big silver medal win in Finland at the 2014 U18 IIHF World Championship, where players such as David Pastrnak and Jakub Vrana had the scouting community licking their chops, last spring’s Czech Republic squad proved to be competitive but bland despite featuring players such as Pavel Zacha and Jakub Zboril, both of whom ended up being first round draft picks. Despite making the playoffs rather handily, the team was stopped dead in its tracks by eventual gold medalist Team USA, getting spanked by a 7-2 score. Read more»
Sometime soon, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason is going to have to make a difficult decision.
You have two talented young goalies, both playing at an extremely high level. So whom do you start when the AHL playoffs kick off next month? Read more»