Share of AHL rookie award in hand, Rampage’s Rantanen sets sights on NHL

by Sean Shapiro
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Mikko Rantanen - San Antonio Rampage

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen finished second in AHL rookie scoring behind the Providence Bruins’ Austin Czarnik, scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Mikko Rantanen didn’t plan on or expect to win the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie.

The 19-year-old Finland native and Colorado Avalanche prospect knew he had a strong season, but looking across the league he knew the goal-per-game rate (albeit in less games) of the Providence Bruins’ Frank Vatrano would be tough to beat. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland comes up short in Group B showdown with Canada

by Ken McKenna
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Otto Somppi - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Otto Somppi competed for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2015-16, where he scored 13 goals and 46 points in 59 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team Finland has earned a date with Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship after dropping a 3-1 decision to Canada in the final game of the preliminary round. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland downs Denmark, faces showdown with Canada

by Ken McKenna
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Juuso Valimaki - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and 2017 prospect Juuso Valimaki played his first season with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL in 2015-16, scoring seven goals and 32 points in 56 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Team Finland played a strong, 60-minute game and was able to overcome an equally strong goaltending performance by Denmark’s Kasper Krog to defeat the Danes by a 4-1 score at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more»

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Finland should be in the medal round mix

by Tony Piscotta
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Markus Niemelainen - Saginaw Spirit

Photo: Saginaw Spirit defenseman and 2016 prospect Markus Niemelainen netted a goal and 27 points in 65 OHL games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

With some of Finland’s top players in this age group playing all over the world — and four competing for the Finland U20 team that won a gold medal in Helsinki at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship — the 2015-16 season has been one of experimentation and mixing and matching for Finland U18 head coach Jussi Ahokas. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Laine vs. Puljujarvi, Frozen Four highlights, Marner makes more magic in London

by David Hahn
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Drake Caggiula - University of North Dakota - 2016 NCAA Frozen Four

Photo: University of North Dakota senior forward Drake Caggiula was the scoring star for the Fighting Hawks at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, helping him earn the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

There is a battle for the ages going on in Finland’s top tier of professional hockey. The Liiga playoffs have reached a semi-final impasse, as Tappara and Karpat have played six games and still haven’t decided their best-of-seven series. Read more»

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