2016 NHL Draft: Trio at top of draft rankings remains unchanged for ISS, CSS

by ISS
Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine has had a memorable 2015-16 season, winning gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship, then winning Finland’s Liiga championship last month, and he is now competing for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)



The scouting arm of the NHL, NHL Central Scouting (CSS), released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft in April. ISS Hockey (ISS), on the other hand, is still releasing their monthly rankings, with their final ranking yet to come in early June. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Athanasiou, Parayko, Larkin notch playoff firsts, Mason’s gaffe, Skelleftea’s creative routine

by David Hahn
Nikita Popugaev - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2017 prospect Nikita Popugaev (#71) finished ninth in rookie scoring in the WHL this season, posting 16 goals and 47 points in 70 games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)



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»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Zadina impresses in Czech loss to Canada

by Ken McKenna
Filip Zadina - Team Czech Republic - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Czech Republic forward and 2018 prospect Filip Zadina netted the lone goal for his country in their loss to Canada on Day 3 of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)



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»

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Czechs hoping for return to medal round

by Chapin Landvogt
Libor Hajak - Team Orr - 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Saskatoon Blades defenseman Libor Hajak competed for Team Orr at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, picking up an assist in his team’s 3-2 win over Team Cherry (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)



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»

Mazanec-Saros tandem has Admirals looking strong in goal for AHL playoffs

by Sean Shapiro
Marek Mazanec - Milwaukee Admirals

Photo: Milwaukee Admirals goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Marek Mazanec currently sports a 2.34 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage along with an 18-14-5 record in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)



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»

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