2016 WJC Preview: Goaltending, forward depth could serve Czech Republic well

by Chapin Landvogt
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Pavel Zacha - Team Czech Republic

Photo: Sarnia Sting forward and New Jersey Devils prospect Pavel Zacha (#14) will bring his mix of skill and size to a Czech Republic squad that will need him at his best to have a chance at a medal at the 2016 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Firmly engraved as one of the top six hockey nations on the planet, the Czech Republic is entering the 2016 World Junior Championship with a few question marks. Read more»

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

by David Hahn
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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»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews maintains hold on top spot, but change elsewhere in ISS December rankings

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Michael McLeod - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads center and 2016 prospect Michael McLeod is currently ranked 18th in scoring in the OHL with 32 points in 28 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Following a couple of months of relative calm in ISS Hockey‘s ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, the December list features a fair amount of change throughout the rankings. Read more»

Rookies Simon, Sundqvist filling their roles ably for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

by Tony Androckitis
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Dominik Simon - Team Czech Republic - 2015 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Dominik Simon competed for the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, posting a goal and five assists in 10 games (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forwards Dominik Simon and Oskar Sundqvist are rookies by trade in the North American pro game, but both have played professional hockey overseas in the Czech Republic and Sweden, respectively. While it is not the first time these two have competed against men at a high level of play, it is the first time they are experiencing it on the smaller North American ice surface. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Blackhawks, Coyotes place two each among honorable mentions for Fall ranking

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Brayden Point - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brayden Point currently leads the WHL in scoring with 16 goals and 39 points in 16 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015 is now in the books, but there is still the group of 10 honorable mentions that should receive their due. At least a few of these players could arguably have been included in the lower reaches of the main list, and they may well find their way onto the Spring list in early 2016 once prospects on the main list have graduated. Read more»

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