2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Germany hopes to avoid relegation playoff

by Chapin Landvogt
Team Germany - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Germany’s entry at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will be looking to avoid the fate that befell that country’s U20 squad, namely relegation to Division I Group A (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Two years ago in Sochi, Russia, forward Leon Draisaitl was the reason many were very excited about seeing Team Germany play. And despite having to carry an unsuspecting cast on his back, just getting Germany to the playoffs, where they bowed out to host Russia in the first round with an 8-4 loss, was something he practically did on his own. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

by ISS

Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forwards Connor McDavid (R) and Dylan Strome (L) are ranked #1 and #3 respectively in the ISS Hockey April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are no surprises at the very top of ISS Hockey’s April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, but there was some movement outside the top two positions. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

by Ken McKenna

Jack Eichel - Boston University - 2015 Beanpot Tournament Championship

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Godla on the rise as group of Czech, Slovak and German prospects gain some ground

by Chapin Landvogt

Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: SHK 37 Piestany goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla was named the top goaltender of the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship after leading Slovakia to a bronze medal (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

It’s been a bit of a slow winter on the central European prospect front, and in general, there has been some concern over the past 5+ years in the overall lack of development of players coming from the Czech Republic and, in particular, Slovakia and Germany. All three countries have seen a rapid decline in the production of high-end talents, with many of their stronger players already choosing to head primarily to North America or Sweden by the time they are 16 years old. Read more»

Prospect Faceoff: Canadian WJC teammates go head-to-head, two top QMJHL goalies in the same game, and more prospect matchups

by David Hahn

Connor McDavid - Erie Otters; Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Prospect Faceoff 2/6/15

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid goes head-to-head this weekend against World Junior teammate Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a marquee OHL matchup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (L) and Terry Wilson/OHL Images (R))

This week’s Prospect Faceoff feature includes one of the best matchups in the OHL this season, a look at top goalies facing off against each other in the QMJHL, and two more matchups featuring key prospects for their respective organizations. We also look back at how a game turned out for a pair of talented imports in Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikita Scherbak. Read more»

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