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»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, December, 2014: Holiday tournaments produce some notable prospect outings

by DJ Powers
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Frederik Tiffels - Team Germany

Photo: Western Michigan forward Frederik Tiffels was the leading scorer for Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship, having produced four points (2G, 2A) in six games (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The final month of 2014 marked the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half of the NCAA hockey season. Due to the holiday break, there were fewer games played. Nevertheless, December saw some impressive performances from prospects around the NCAA. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the more notable ones. 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, Group B: Finland heads to rematch with Sweden after win over Germany

by Ken McKenna
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Kevin Reich - Team Germany; Artturi Lehkonen - Team Finland

Photo: Team Germany goaltender Kevin Reich and Team Finland forward Artturi Lehkonen battle for the puck in the New Year’s matchup at the Bell Centre won by Finland, 2-0 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship is now completed following a slate of games that took place on New Year’s Eve. One of those games involved Finland and Germany, with the Finns moving on to the quarterfinals after a 2-0 blanking of the Germans. Germany moves on to the relegation round against Switzerland. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Finland, Slovakia and Germany work to avoid relegation

by Ken McKenna
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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland

Photo: TPS forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen has played well at the 2015 World Junior Championship for a Finland squad that has struggled to match their gold medal ways at last year’s WJC (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

When you’re a country placed in the same grouping as Canada and the USA – two especially talented squads this time around – it can be a tough road to hoe. Such is the case for Finland, Slovakia and Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship as they do battle in Group A along with those two perennial powers in their quest to earn a medal at this tournament. Read more»

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