Prospect Impressions: Kapanen’s golden goal, Nedeljkovic shines, Pu’s classy celebration

by David Hahn
on
Tyler Moy - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Tyler Moy is trying to equal or improve upon a solid 2014-15 season that led to his being drafted by the Predators (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship came to a conclusion last week, with Finland garnering the gold medal in overtime thanks to Kasperi Kapanen. Alex Nedeljkovic was a big reason why the United States picked up a bronze medal, making a huge “spiderman” save in the process. Plenty more highlights await in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Combination of 2016 talent and veteran savvy lead Finland to gold

by Tony Piscotta
on
Jesse Puljujarvi, Sebastian Aho, and Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Finland players Jesse Puljujarvi (L), Sebastian Aho (C), and Patrik Laine (R) celebrate their country’s gold medal win at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

When Toronto Maple Leafs‘ prospect Kasperi Kapanen jokingly pantomimed throwing a fictitious monkey off his back after scoring his first goal of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship for Finland — the seventh goal in what would be an 8-3 win over Slovakia in Group B play — it was a bit amusing. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, December, 2015: WJC snub leads to strong month for Michigan’s Connor

by Chris Roberts
on
Kyle Connor - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor earned MVP honors at the Great Lakes Invitational over the holiday break (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Typically, the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month is selected based on play from the first to the last day of a particular month. The World Junior Championship, however, being the foremost showcase for hockey’s top prospects, allows for some leniency in those dates. And while some of the most impressive individual performances at the 2016 tournament were from undrafted players (who are ineligible for the HF honor), there was plenty of standout performances from previously drafted players. Of course, exclusion from national teams also sparked some tremendous play from top-level prospects. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Patrik Laine and Julius Nattinen, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Jesse Puljujarvi and Sebastian Aho - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Finland forwards Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Sebastian Aho (R) celebrate Aho’s goal in the third period of the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Finland captured their second U20 title in three years after defeating Russia in overtime by a 4-3 score. As the scorer of the overtime, “Golden Goal” at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, Kasperi Kapanen (TOR) joined countrymen Rasmus Ristolainen (2014) and Niklas Hagman (1998) as Finns that have secured the gold for their country at this event with an overtime marker. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Kapanen’s OT goal gives Finland the gold in win over Russia

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Kasperi Kapanen and Joni Tuulola - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Finland players Kasperi Kapanen and Joni Tuulola (R) along with other Finnish players begin their gold medal celebration after Kapanen’s overtime goal gave Finland the 4-3 win over Russia in the championship game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

It may have been a nerve-wracking game for the hometown fans to watch, but Team Finland’s 4-3 overtime victory over Russia in the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will be that much more memorable for all involved after a see-saw third period and sudden-death goal. Read more»

Related Articles