2016 IIHF World Championship: Barkov a veteran at the ripe old age of 20

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Aleksander Barkov - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov and his Team Finland teammates are having good success at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, going 4-0 so far at that tournament (courtesy of JUSSI NUKARI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

More so than any IIHF World Championship in recent years, this year’s tournament has been all about the young players. With so many high-profile teenagers on the rosters of various teams, 20-year-old Aleksander Barkov – who has three NHL seasons under his belt and has already played in the Winter Olympics and last year’s World Championship – may seem like a veteran. Read more»

2016 IIHF World Championship: Laine, Matthews faceoff in anticipated matchup of draft-eligibles

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine (#29) makes his presence felt in the game between Finland and Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 

In a tournament seemingly full of highly anticipated games, this one may have been the most anticipated: USA vs Finland, Auston Matthews vs Patrik Laine, the two leading candidates to be taken No. 1. overall in this year’s NHL Draft. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Trio at top of draft rankings remains unchanged for ISS, CSS

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine has had a memorable 2015-16 season, winning gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship, then winning Finland’s Liiga championship last month, and he is now competing for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

The scouting arm of the NHL, NHL Central Scouting (CSS), released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft in April. ISS Hockey (ISS), on the other hand, is still releasing their monthly rankings, with their final ranking yet to come in early June. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Puljujarvi hat trick powers Finland to gold medal win

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Juuso Valimaki and Eeli Tolvanen - Team Finland - Gold Medal Game - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland captain Juuso Valimaki and forward Eeli Tolvanen pose with their gold medals after Finland downed Sweden 6-1 to win the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

It was just three short months ago that Finland celebrated a home-ice, gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. That country can now make room in the trophy case for more gold as Team Finland defeated archrival Sweden by a 6-1 score to win the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland’s late power play goal sets up Nordic showdown

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Kristian Vesalainen - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2017 prospect Kristian Vesalainen competed for the Frolunda organization in Sweden in 2015-16, including 19 games with the SHL club in which he picked up a goal and an assist (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

The USA might have looked like a favorite to win the gold medal heading into the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, but their opponent in the semi-finals, Team Finland, came out on top in a tightly-contested, 4-2 showdown at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, ND. Read more»

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