HF Prospect of the Month, December, 2014: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy impresses in first NHL action

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Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

by Craig Fischer
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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Salomaki notches goal in first NHL game

by Ken McKenna
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Miikka Salomaki - Nashville Predators

Photo: Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki celebrates his first NHL goal in his team’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars (courtesy of John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators are developing some interesting prospects with their AHL farm club, the Milawaukee Admirals. One of those youngsters, right winger Miikka Salomaki, made his NHL debut for the Predators tonight vs. the Dallas Stars, providing immediate returns as he netted his first NHL goal in his team’s 3-2 victory over the Stars. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

by Ken McKenna
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Connor McDavid - Team Canada; Brandon Carlo - Team USA

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: A look back at countries eliminated in the quarterfinals

by Ken McKenna
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Hudson Fasching - Team USA

Photo: University of Minnesota forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Hudson Fasching was named one of the top three players for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The 2015 World Junior Championship is now in the books, with host country Canada taking the gold medal after a tight, 5-4 win over Russia in the final game. Slovakia was a surprise medalist, taking the bronze medal after upsetting Sweden in the other game that took place on the final day of the tournament. Read more»

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