NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen produced nine goals and 28 points in 56 games in Liiga in 2014-15 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

NHL Central Scouting hasn’t been able to nail down a consistent list among European skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, with wide-ranging fluctuations occurring among these talented prospects. Once ranked as the top European skater during the middle of the season, Oliver Kylington has fallen out of the top five, and right out of the first round according to some draft pundits. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Numerous decorated international competitors available in the second and third rounds

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Roope Hintz - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Ilves forward and 2015 prospect Roope Hintz played for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, picking up two assists in five games in that tournament (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Among European skaters available for the 2015 NHL Draft, there are numerous players who have impressive track records playing for their respective countries. Taking a look at players 11 thru 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, a few standout players burst onto the scene this season thanks to their performances at the international level. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: The countdown of NHL prospect highlights from 2014-15 continues with plays 11-15

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Kevin Hayes - New York Rangers

Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes (#13) turned in a solid first NHL season, posting 17 goals and 45 points in 70 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Last week, we kicked off the countdown of the top 20 NHL prospect Plays of the Year with numbers 20-16. This week, Hockey’s Future brings you the next five plays. This group features a potential top 10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, two ridiculous plays from the NHL, one player with a flair for baseball skills, and a KHL talent familiar to New Englanders. Read more»

2015 World Championship: Interviews with Canada’s Taylor Hall and Czechs Michal Jordan and Dominik Simon

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Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, and Jordan Eberle - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Semi Final

Photo: Team Canada’s line of Sidney Crosby (L), Taylor Hall (C), and Jordan Eberle (R) has been an effective combo at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After a big, 2-0 semifinal win for Canada over the Czech Republic, the Canadians will be duking it out for gold, as most have expected. Taylor Hall scored the first goal, which ended up being the game winner. In total, he’s second in scoring at the 2015 IIHF World Championship with seven goals and 12 points. The Edmonton Oilers forward shared a few thoughts with the media after the win. Read more»

2015 World Championship: Interview with Czech forward Tomas Hertl

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Tomas Hertl - Czech Republic - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has scored a goal and added two assists playing with the Czech Republic at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Young Tomas Hertl has already started making a name for himself in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, having just wrapped up his second season of play. There, he increased his scoring totals from 25 points in his rookie season to 31 this past season. Read more»

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