Lindell’s solid season has him atop list of drafted defensemen playing in Finland

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Joonas Lyytinen - Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: KalPa Kuopio defenseman and Nashville Predators prospect Joonas Lyytinen was one of the better performers for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Finland as a nation has produced several young defensemen in recent years. With many of those players now beginning to make their way in North America, including Dallas Stars‘ rookie Jyrki Jokipakka and St. Louis Blues prospect Petteri Lindbohm, the number of those players still plying their trade in the domestic Liiga has dwindled. Read more»

Griffins’ Pulkkinen has little left to prove at the AHL level

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Teemu Pulkkinen - Grand Rapids Griffins

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen is no stranger to the front of the net as he is currently the leading goal scorer in the AHL with 27 in 41 games (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

It seems that the Detroit Red Wings have a penchant for drafting and developing forwards in the American Hockey League before seeing them excel on NHL ice. Those in the Motor City might not have to wait much longer to add another homegrown talent to their permanent NHL roster with the emergence of 2015 AHL All-Star forward, Teemu Pulkkinen. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, January, 2015: Dvorak offensive surge puts him among OHL scoring leaders

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Christian Dvorak - London Knights - Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for January, 2015

Photo: London Knights forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak is currently third in scoring in the OHL with 90 points in 47 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The month of January presents an opportunity to NHL prospects playing at all levels of hockey. The start of a new calendar year can inspire a change in attitude and improved play or, more commonly, a comfort level that wasn’t previously there. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

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Timo Meier, Travis Konecny - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Rantanen the class of Finland’s 2015 crop at midseason

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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Tournament

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen was the top scorer for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship with four goals in five games (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The trend of top junior talent heading to Canada has continued to skim some of the top talent from the junior level in Finland. In recent years that exodus has also seen players heading to the USHL. But with many of the top pro players heading to other leagues, some of the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft are gaining experience playing against men in the country’s top pro league, Liiga. Read more»

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