2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

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Jesse Puljujarvi - Finland; Dmitri Sokolov - Russia - 2016 NHL Draft

Photo: Karpat forward Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Omsk forward Dmitri Sokolov (R) are among the top forwards out of Europe for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft has come and gone. While most NHL teams and their fans are still pondering the possibilities of their new assets heading into the future, the next draft class from Europe is preparing itself for a big 2015-16 season, which at the moment has a number of extremely fascinating talents that scouts are very excited to see starting next month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. While some of these players may eventually wind up in North America as soon as this winter, fans may just see U.S. wunderkind Auston Matthews in a pro European jersey this winter, as well. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

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Dylan Strom, Connor McDavid, and Jack Eichel - 2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Photo: The Arizona Coyotes’ Dylan Strome (L), Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (C), and Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel were the top three picks of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most anticipated NHL Draft in the past decade is now in the books. The 2015 draft class of 211 players, led by top talents Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have found new homes in the NHL and will begin their journey to a pro career beginning with the coming summer development camps put on by the 30 NHL clubs. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

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Match Marner - Lawson Crouse - Noah Hanifin - Jack Eichel - Connor McDavid - Dylan Strome - 2015 NHL Draft Top Prospects

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects (front l-r) Mitch Marner and Lawson Crouse, and (back I-r) Noah Hanifin, Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid, and Dylan Strome are players expected to be chosen at the top of the draft being held in Sunrise, FL on 6/26 & 27 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Just like that, another year is over. The Chicago Blackhawks have won their third Stanley Cup in six years, elevating the team’s exciting roster to dynasty status. For the rest of the league, the 2015 NHL Draft now looms large on the calendar, taking place June 26th and 27th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Preview: Napravnik top German prospect, others from Norway, Denmark, and Austria

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Kai Wissman - Eisbaeren Berlin - Deutsche Eishockey Liga

Photo: Eisbaeren Berlin forward and 2015 prospect Kai Wissmann worked his way up through various levels of German hockey in 2014-15 to earn a 10-game audition with Berlin of the DEL (courtesy of Marco Leipold/City-Press via Getty Images)

For a draft that has been as anticipated and bantered about in such high tones as the 2015 NHL Draft, players and talents coming from countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Norway, much less areas such as Northern Italy, have understandably gotten lost in the pack. This is also a bit more complicated when players from these countries have spent their season in better leagues in countries such as those in Finland, Germany, Russia, and Sweden, technically being ranked for the draft as members of those nations. Read more»

2015 World Championship: Interviews with rivals Matthias Plachta, Michael Raffl

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Matthias Plachta - Team Germany - 2015 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Mannheim Adler forward Matthias Plachta (L) was one of the more effective forwards for Team Germany at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, helping that country avoid relegation for next year’s tournament (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Winger Matthias Plachta, 22, is coming off a championship season with Mannheim Adler of the German DEL in which he had a total of 19 goals, 44 points and a +20 rating over 62 games. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, the national team winger has been gaining international attention while contributing two goals to the very low-scoring German effort at this tournament. Read more»

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