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

by Tony Piscotta
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
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»

St. Louis prospect Husso the best of Finland’s NHL prospects in goal

by Tony Piscotta
Ville Husso - IFK Helsinki - Champions Hockey League

Photo: IFK Helsinki goaltender and St. Louis Blues prospect Ville Husso posted 25 wins for Liiga’s top team in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of HC Davos/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)



Finland has garnered a well-deserved reputation for developing goaltenders in recent years. The top five goalies currently playing in Finland are not likely to match the career achievements of players like Pekka Rinne or Tuukka Rask but instead are long-range projects capable of one day being competent NHL starters or backups. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Sundqvist’s first, plus goals scored between-the-legs and tic-tac-toe style, McCauley’s dramatic goal call

by David Hahn
Oskar Sundqvist - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins rookie forward Oskar Sundqvist celebrates his first NHL goal in a win over the New York Islanders at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)



He is certainly not complaining, but Oskar Sundqvist scored the first goal of his NHL career and an unlikely source assisted on it. Also featured are two goals scored tie-tac-toe style, and a pair of between-the-legs efforts that are just too good to be true. Plenty more assists, goals, and Wes McCauley’s dramatic goal decision encapsulate a fantastic edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»

Mazanec-Saros tandem has Admirals looking strong in goal for AHL playoffs

by Sean Shapiro
Marek Mazanec - Milwaukee Admirals

Photo: Milwaukee Admirals goaltender and Nashville Predators prospect Marek Mazanec currently sports a 2.34 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage along with an 18-14-5 record in 2015-16 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)



Sometime soon, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason is going to have to make a difficult decision.

You have two talented young goalies, both playing at an extremely high level. So whom do you start when the AHL playoffs kick off next month? Read more»

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