2016 NHL Draft: CSS, ISS take similar view of top prospects with Matthews at #1

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Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is ranked third in points per game (1.22) in the NLA, where he has scored 20 goals and 33 points in 27 games this season (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

At roughly the halfway point of the 2015-16 hockey season, the picture for the upper portion of the 2016 NHL Draft is becoming a bit clearer, in part due to the recently completed World Junior Championship that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

Rungsted’s Rondbjerg looking forward to competing for Denmark at 2017 WJC

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Jonas Rondbjerg - Team Denmark - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Rungsted IK forward Jonas Rondbjerg competed for Team Denmark at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he posted one assist in five games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

As one of, if not the youngest player at this year’s WJC, Danish forward Jonas Rondbjerg has stood out for more than just his age as he served in a second-line left wing capacity for his nation. Back home in Denmark, he’s currently in the middle of his second season of professional play, where he has accumulated eight goals and 12 points along with a +7 in 25 games. He had four points in 30 games for the same team as a 15-year-old. Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Denmark lives to battle in 2017 after close playoff loss

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Thomas Lillie - Team Denmark

Photo: Team Denmark goaltender Thomas Lillie turned in a good showing at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, helping to keep the Danes in games against some of the bigger hockey powers (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

For an upstart Team Denmark squad lacking heavily in star power, the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship proved to be a rockingly terrific experience that the small hockey nation will surely be able to build upon. Coach Olaf Eller and his staff were able to bring an unknown quantity together to not only beat Switzerland in their opener, thus setting the stage for their second straight quarterfinal participation, but also push eventual silver medalist Russia to the brink of disaster, seeing a late 3-2 lead turn into a 4-3 overtime Russian victory. Read more»

2016 World Junior Championship: Playoff and Relegation Round previews

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Ryan Hitchcock, Alex Nedeljkovic, Scott Eansor and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA had just one blemish in their four preliminary round games at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with their quarterfinal match placing them up against the Czech Republic (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The playoff round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship begins tomorrow with the quarterfinal matchups featuring the non-relegated teams from Group A and Group B, although the first relegation game in the best-of-three series will also take place. The games will take place at Helsinki Ice Hall and Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

2016 WJC Preview: Team Denmark concentrating solely on avoiding elimination

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Alexander True - Team Denmark

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward Alexander True represented Denmark at the 2015 World Junior Championship, going pointless in five games (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

At this point, Denmark head coach Olaf Eller, father to Lars and Mads, will be heading into the 2016 World Junior Championship without his biggest, and possibly only, true weapon in Nikolaj Ehlers, one of the stars of last winter’s WJC. Read more»

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