(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Vili Saarijarvi, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
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Vili Saarijarvi - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi is among the top 20 offensive defensemen in the OHL, where he plays for the Flint Firebirds (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Finland heads into their New Year’s Eve showdown with the Czech Republic with the wind at their backs after defeating Slovakia by an 8-3 score. The Finns, who often experience offensive woes at the IIHF World Junior Championship, have had no problems in that department on their home ice as they lead all countries in scoring with 18 goals heading into the final day of the preliminary round. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Olli Juolevi and Roope Hintz, Finland

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Sebastian Aho - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho reaches between Slovakian players to score one of his two goals in Finland’s 8-3 win over Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The host country for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Team Finland, received an early scare from Slovakia before taking control of a game that ended with an 8-3 win for the Finns at Hartwall Arena, in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

2016 WJC Preview: Host Finland figures to be among the medal favorites

by Tony Piscotta
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Jesse Puljujarvi - Karpat Oulu - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and 2016 prospect Jesse Puljujarvi is one of a trio of prospects from Finland competing at the 2016 World Junior Championship that could be chosen in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Karpat Oulu/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Few nations take as much pride in their national hockey teams — whether at the men’s level or in junior play — as does Finland. After a disappointing seventh-place finish in Canada last year, Suomi is hoping to challenge for the gold medal when it hosts the 2016 World Junior Championship. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: A pair of diving saves, two Finns flash their skills, and the Penguins’ version of “Home Alone”

by David Hahn
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Michael McNiven - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack goaltender and Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven is ranked 10th in the OHL in goals-against with a 2.80 average, and ninth with a .907 save percentage (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Troy Grosenick and Michael McNiven lead the way with a pair of must-see saves. A pair of Finns showcase their skills, while the Czech Republic hopes David Pastrnak joins them in time for the World Junior Championship. Finally, the Pittsburgh Penguins put their spin on a holiday cult classic in this must-see edition of Prospect Impressions. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, November, 2015: Rantanen doesn’t let move to AHL deter him

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Mikko Rantanen - San Antonio Rampage - HF NHL Prospect of the Month, November, 2015

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen (#96) turned in a strong month of November after being sent down to San Antonio by the Avalanche (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)

Mikko Rantanen turned 19 on Oct. 29th. Instead of spending his birthday in the NHL, however, he was gearing up for a California road trip in the AHL. The first round pick began the 2015-16 season with the Colorado Avalanche but, after going pointless through six games, was sent down to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Read more»

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