Photo: Team Sweden goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Linus Soderstrom stops one of the 17 shots he faced in Sweden’s 6-0 win over Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)
Team Sweden was hoping for a chance to settle a score with host Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, and their wish has come true after the Swedes earned a semi-final berth with a 6-0 win over Slovakia in a quarterfinal game at Helsinki Ice Hall. Read more»
Photo: Team Finland defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi is among the top 20 offensive defensemen in the OHL, where he plays for the Flint Firebirds (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)
Team Finland heads into their New Year’s Eve showdown with the Czech Republic with the wind at their backs after defeating Slovakia by an 8-3 score. The Finns, who often experience offensive woes at the IIHF World Junior Championship, have had no problems in that department on their home ice as they lead all countries in scoring with 18 goals heading into the final day of the preliminary round. Read more»
Photo: Team Canada defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Sanheim is having another good offensive season with the Calgary Hitmen, posting eight goals and 31 points in 24 games in the 2015-16 WHL campaign (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)
Team Canada earned a hard-fought win over a pesky squad from Switzerland that was desperate to earn a win after having dropped their first two games of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Tournament. Read more»
Photo: San Diego Gulls defenseman and Anaheim Ducks prospect Brandon Montour split his 2014-15 season between the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks, the University of Massachusetts, and the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals (courtesy of the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)
The Grand Rapids Griffins are named after a mythical creature – one that is part lion, part eagle — but the Detroit Red Wings prospects season has followed the path of another mythical beast.
Let’s just call them the Grand Rapids Phoenix with how they have burned up and then rebuilt under first-year head coach Todd Nelson. Read more»
Photo: After an outstanding rookie season in Grand Rapids, Czech pro Tomas Nosek has slipped down the depth chart for the Griffins (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The long-discussed rebuild in Detroit has yet to come and the Red Wings scouting staff is doing their best to make sure that no such rebuild has to take place.
With recent graduations to the NHL like Teemu Pulkkinen and Dylan Larkin – the latter of whom leads all NHL rookies in goals with 11 – there are still several prospects plying their trade at the AHL level looking to be the next call-up to help keep the Red Wings going.