2015-16 DEL Preview, Pt. 1: Straubing could be team to watch among lower rung clubs

by Chapin Landvogt
Tim Bender - EHC Muenchen - DEL

Photo: Schwenninger Wild Wings defenseman Tim Bender competed for EHC Munich in the 2014-15 season, and spent part of the 2013-14 season with the OHL’s London Knights (courtesy of Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)



The German DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) has settled in as a league that can feature some fine hockey that is very much equivalent to the level of play in the AHL, just a good bit older when it comes to the average age of the various line-ups and thus more mature in the style of play. Paying very well overall, the league is a business and is there to sell tickets and produce champions. Read more»

New German U20 coach Kuenast looking to bring country back to top division

by Chapin Landvogt
Christian Kuenast - Team Germany

Photo: Germany’s new U20 head coach, Christian Kuenast, played goal for seven teams over 12 seasons in the DEL, Germany’s top hockey league (courtesy of Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)



In a rash of changes, Germany has named new coaches to its men’s, U20, and U18 national teams. A year full of relegations and moderate play internationally has led to a number of changes in the German Ice Hockey Federation, and new wind is hoped to get the program back on track. Read more»

Success with Western Michigan, becoming NHL-ready the main goals for Tiffels

by Chapin Landvogt
Frederik Tiffels - Team Germany

Photo: Western Michigan University forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Frederik Tiffels has been a fixture on Germany’s national team for the past five seasons (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)



A recent staple in international play for Germany, Frederik Tiffels has been playing in North America for several years now, having played three seasons of USHL hockey before beginning his NCAA career. This is a route rarely taken by German hockey players. Read more»

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

by Chapin Landvogt
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

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»

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