Prospect Impressions: P.K. Subban as Don Cherry, and Gettinger, Lammikko and others shine early

by David Hahn
Connor Hellebuyck - Team USA - IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Winnipeg Jets goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck starred for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, helping his country earn a bronze medal at that tournament (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

The 2015-16 season is in full swing in the junior ranks, and there are a number of prospects already off to great starts. In Sault Ste. Marie, Tim Gettinger graduated from fourth-line duty and showed why he is worthy of the additional responsibility. Across the other end of Ontario, the Kingston Frontenacs received a boost when Juho Lammikko returned to the lineup and immediately made an impression of his own. Read more»

2015-16 Liiga Preview, Pt. 2: Ilves looks to build on progress made last season

by Tony Piscotta
Aleksi Makela - Team Finland

Photo: Ilves Tampere defenseman and Dallas Stars prospect Aleksi Makela posted six assists in 30 games for Ilves in 2014-15 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The 2015-16 Liiga season officially begins on Friday with a slate of seven games. Hockey’s Future previewed some of the better clubs heading into the season in part 1 of the Liiga preview, while part 2 will cover the remaining teams that have some work to do to get back amongst the upper tier of the league. Read more»

2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland forward Kristian Vesalainen

by Chapin Landvogt
Kristian Vesalainen - Team Finland

Photo: Frolunda Indians forward and 2017 prospect Kristian Vesalainen scored 10 goals and 15 points in 18 games HIFK’s U18 squad in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For the 1999-born Kristian Vesalainen, the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was an opportunity to show the international scouting community just how far he has come in his development. Already measuring in at a huge 6’3” and 203 pounds as a 16 year old, Vesalainen took a regular shift on the strong Finnish side’s second line. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Finland defenseman Tarmo Reunanen

by Chapin Landvogt
Tarmo Reunanen - Team Finland

Photo: TPS Turku defenseman and 2016 prospect Tarmo Reunanen produced eight goals and 30 points in 42 games for the U20 team in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Defenseman Tarmo Reunanen was a lynchpin as a top four defenseman for a surprisingly good Finnish club at this year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Never shying away from opposition shots or physical play, Reunanen consistently battled in the corners, came away with pucks, and headily moved them up to his forward teammates. He finished the tournament with one assist along with six penalty minutes in five games. Read more»

2015-16 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Karpat shooting for threepeat as Finland’s top club

by Tony Piscotta
Sebastian Aho - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho and his Karpat teammates will be going for their third consecutive Kanada Cup championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With the addition of former Mestis club KooKoo, Finland’s Liiga in 2015-16 will feature 15 teams for the first time in league history. But, while the Kouvola-based squad should enjoy an intense rivalry with neighboring SaiPa Lappeenranta in southeastern Finland, things aren’t likely to change at the top of the league standings. Read more»

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