Off The Radar: Trio of international skaters, Kootenay standout, and oft-injured goaltender push for NHL attention

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Ahti Oksanen - Boston University

Photo: Boston University junior forward/defenseman Ahti Oksanen was ranked 66th among European skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft, but was never drafted (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Front offices in the National Hockey League withhold many secrets, none that garner more speculation than why respective member clubs pass on draft-eligible players. Whether it’s concerns over size, injuries, production, or their interest level in playing in the league, there’s always an opportunity for a player to overcome those shortcomings in order to earn a chance the second time around. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Aho wins Liiga for Karpat, U18 highlights, more from the CHL

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Anthony DeLuca - Rimouski Oceanic

Photo: Rimouski Oceanic forward and 2015-eligible Anthony DeLuca has scored nine goals and 14 points in 12 playoff games that is poised to move on to the QMJHL championship series (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a Finnish forward scores a dream goal to win the Liiga championship for his team. In the QMJHL, a pair of forwards score overtime winners of their own in clutch situations. The U18 World Championship has wrapped up, but two draft-eligible forwards had big performances in the final opportunity to raise their draft stock. The OHL playoffs are in the semi-finals, and one lesser-known Buffalo Sabres prospect is in the mood to win. Meanwhile, a former OHL forward has transitioned into the AHL successfully, paired up with a fellow forward who faced similar questions about his game. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Aleksi Saarela, Forward, Finland

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Aleksi Saarela - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Aleksi Saarela played for Assat in Liiga in the 2014-15 season, scoring six goals and 12 assists in 51 games for that club (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

While the first semifinal game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship ended up being won going away by Team USA, the second game provided a thrilling, overtime victory for Team Finland, and an agonizing loss for host team Switzerland as the Finns pulled out a 5-4 OT win at Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

(Podcast) 2015 U18 World Championship: Preview of Canada vs. USA, Finland vs. Switzerland

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2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship - Bossard Arena, Zug, Switzerland

Photo: Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland is the site of the two semifinal games for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The first game features Canada vs. the USA, and the second has Finland facing off against Switzerland (courtesy of Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

The field has been whittled down to four countries at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The teams still standing – Canada, the United States, Finland and host Switzerland – will take the ice on Saturday in the two semifinal games taking place at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sami Tavernier, Finland

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Sami Tavernier - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2015 prospect Sami Tavernier competed for HIFK’s U20 squad this season, scoring seven goals and 27 points in 45 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Finland has moved on to a semifinal showdown with host Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The Finns advanced after shutting out Slovakia, 3-0, while the Swiss blanked the Russians, 5-0, to earn a shot at a medal. The two countries will faceoff on Saturday in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

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