2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

by Ken McKenna
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

by HF Staff
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

by Chapin Landvogt
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

by Chapin Landvogt
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»

2015 U18 World Championship: Pantkowski, Eder hoping Germany can avoid relegation

by Chapin Landvogt
Team Germany - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Team Germany needs to win the final two games of their relegation round series at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to avoid being dropped to the next lowest division.

As was expected pre-tournament, Team Germany is locked in a relegation round battle at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with Latvia. Germany finds themselves on the brink of relegation to Division I, Group A as a result of a 5-3 loss to Latvia in the first game of a best-of-three series. Latvia can retain class with a win on Friday. Read more»

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