2015 WJC Preview: Draisaitl-less Germany lacks star power of top countries

by Chapin Landvogt

Markus Eisenschmid - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers forward Markus Eisenschmid will be an important part of Germany’s offensive attack at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

They’ve made a routine of it, and it’s been just enough to stick to date. For two years running, Team Germany has decided the relegation round in their favor and managed to stave off relegation accordingly at the World Junior Championship. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Freezers’ Franzreb making his mark in Germany’s DNL

by Chapin Landvogt

Maxi Franzreb - Hamburg Freezers

Photo: Hamburg Freezers’ junior goaltender and 2015 prospect Max Franzreb has faced an average of 53 shots per game during the 2014-15 season (courtesy of the Hamburg Freezers)

The DNL, Germany’s top junior circuit where players such as Leon Draisaitl have honed their skills, just completed its preliminary round at the beginning of November. Not unexpectedly, the junior team run by Mannheim Adler finished first overall and is heading into the playoff round with all cylinders on go. Read more»

Former U20 Coach Ernst Hofner discusses Germany’s new direction

by Chapin Landvogt

Ernst Hofner and Team Germany players

Photo: Former Germany national coach Ernst Hofner (L) is now the Sports Director for Germany’s Deutschen Eishockey-Bund e.V. (courtesy of Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Some major changes took place in the German Ice Hockey Federation’s hierarchy this summer, with the new management wanting things to change from the ground up. Long-time German Ice Hockey Federation employee Franz Reindl was selected as the new DEB President (Deutsche Eishockey-Bund), gaining 73.5% of the vote from the summer’s General Assembly. With that, he replaced Uwe Harnos, who made it known before the vote that he would no longer be a candidate for the position he had held since 2002. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Draisaitl nets winner in Oilers victory

by Ken McKenna

Leon Draisaitl - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Leon Draisaitl has played in eight regular season games for the Oilers, giving that club just one more game to decide if they will send Draisaitl back to the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

Edmonton Oilers‘ rookie forward Leon Draisaitl made Friday a memorable night for third overall NHL Draft picks as the big German scored his first NHL goal in a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: NHL’s Western Conference adds more forward talent

by Tony Piscotta

2014 NHL Draft - Leon Draisaitl, Aaron Ekblad, and Sam Reinhart

Photo: The players chosen with the top three selections in the 2014 NHL Draft – Leon Draisaitl (L), Aaron Ekblad (C), and Sam Reinhart (R) – pose in front of the draft stage at Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL's Western Conference had some of the most dominant teams in the 2013-14 season — including Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles — thanks largely to forwards such as the Kings' Anze Kopitar, Anaheim's Corey Perry and the Chicago's' Jonathan Toews.

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