2015 WJC Podcast: A preview of the quarterfinal matches that includes a Sweden-Finland rematch

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Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and 2015 prospect Pavel Zacha has played well for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

With the preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship now completed, eight of the 10 countries participating at this WJC are moving on to the quarterfinals, while two countries will head to the relegation round. The USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, and Denmark all live to fight another day in their quest for gold, with Switzerland and Germany trying to avoid demotion to next year’s D1A WJC. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: A look back at the Czech Republic’s win over Denmark

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David Patrnak - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Boston Bruins forward prospect David Pastrnak scored the game-winning, overtime goal for the Czech Republic in Monday’s 4-3 win over Denmark at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

While Group B at the 2015 World Junior Championship is competing at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Group A is displaying their talents at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Sweden and Russia are the two hockey powers heading that group of five countries that also includes the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Denmark. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel and Hanifin retain hold on top 3 in ISS Hockey’s December rankings

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Jack Eichel - Boston University

Photo: Boston University center and 2015 NHL Draft prospect Jack Eichel remains the second-ranked prospect for next June’s draft, behind the Erie Otters’ Connor McDavid (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Despite missing the past three weeks with a hand injury, Erie Otters center Connor McDavid remains the top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft in the December rankings released by ISS Hockey. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Nestrasil strikes in first game with Hurricanes

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Andrej Nestrasil - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil spent the 2013-14 season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, posting 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 70 games (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

Last Thursday, forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him in 2009, by the Carolina Hurricanes. Nestrasil wasted little time in making an impact with his new team, scoring his first NHL goal in his first game with the Hurricanes in what ended up being a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, October, 2014: Pastrnak off to impressive start in Providence

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David Pastrnak - Boston Bruins

Photo: Providence Bruins forward and Boston Bruins prospect David Pastrnak has turned pro in North America after being chosen in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

October is an interesting month in regard to following NHL prospects – a hot start to the season can sometimes mean prolonged success, but it can also just simply be a hot start. The prospects mentioned below are hoping it’s the former and not the latter. Read more»

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