2015 NHL Draft: Rantanen the class of Finland’s 2015 crop at midseason

by Tony Piscotta
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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen was the top scorer for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship with four goals in five games (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

The trend of top junior talent heading to Canada has continued to skim some of the top talent from the junior level in Finland. In recent years that exodus has also seen players heading to the USHL. But with many of the top pro players heading to other leagues, some of the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are gaining experience playing against men in the country’s top pro league, Liiga. Read more»

2015 WJC Review: Finland turns in disappointing follow-up to last year’s gold

by Tony Piscotta
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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen is ranked second among European skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

In retrospect, the expectations that Finland might be able to match its gold medal-winning performance from the 2014 World Junior Championship were probably overly optimistic. Struggling to score goals through the entire 2015 edition of this tournament, the defending champions finished seventh after falling to rival Sweden, 6-3, in the quarterfinal round. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Teravainen logs first goal, point in Blackhawks’ loss

by Ken McKenna
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Teuvo Teravainen - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen celebrates his first NHL goal in the third period of the Blackhawks 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of David Banks/Getty Images)

 

Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen probably hoped for a different outcome after scoring his first NHL goal in his team’s 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Teravainen’s goal came in the third period and drew the Blackhawks to within one of the Jets, but Chicago couldn’t even it up after that. Read more»

The Top Five most unconventional developing hockey nations

by Craig Fischer
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Nathan Walker - Washington Capitals

Photo: Hershey Bears forward and Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker (#79) is the first NHL-drafted player from the country of Australia (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Hockey is predominantly popular in the colder, northern climates of the world. However, the fastest game on earth knows no bounds. It’s not just played by the kids in Toronto, Minneapolis, or Stockholm anymore–hockey players are coming from all over. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, December, 2014: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy impresses in first NHL action

by Chris Roberts
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Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»

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