Prospect Impressions: Kapanen’s golden goal, Nedeljkovic shines, Pu’s classy celebration

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Tyler Moy - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University forward and Nashville Predators prospect Tyler Moy is trying to equal or improve upon a solid 2014-15 season that led to his being drafted by the Predators (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship came to a conclusion last week, with Finland garnering the gold medal in overtime thanks to Kasperi Kapanen. Alex Nedeljkovic was a big reason why the United States picked up a bronze medal, making a huge “spiderman” save in the process. Plenty more highlights await in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, December, 2015: NCAA season heads into second half after tournament, WJC action

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Zach Werenski - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski captained Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he also earned the Top Defenseman honor for that tournament (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images

The month of December featured many excellent performances, fantastic finishes and a few surprises in NCAA hockey. Hockey’s Future looks back at some of the more notable items involving NHL prospects making news around college hockey in the final month of 2015. Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are current as of Jan. 10th, 2015. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, December, 2015: WJC snub leads to strong month for Michigan’s Connor

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Kyle Connor - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor earned MVP honors at the Great Lakes Invitational over the holiday break (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Typically, the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month is selected based on play from the first to the last day of a particular month. The World Junior Championship, however, being the foremost showcase for hockey’s top prospects, allows for some leniency in those dates. And while some of the most impressive individual performances at the 2016 tournament were from undrafted players (who are ineligible for the HF honor), there was plenty of standout performances from previously drafted players. Of course, exclusion from national teams also sparked some tremendous play from top-level prospects. Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal

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Sonny Milano, Christian Dvorak, and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA’s second line of Sonny Milano (L), Anders Bjork (C), and Christian Dvorak (R) provided important secondary scoring for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2013, Team USA left the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) with a medal, taking home the bronze medal with a dominating 8-3 rout of Sweden on the last day of tournament. Earlier in the tournament on Dec. 28th, the U.S. had lost to Sweden 1-0 in preliminary round play. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: USA takes the bronze medal with 8-3 win over Sweden

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Matthew Tkachuk - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk deposits one of his two goals past Team Sweden goaltender Felix Sandstrom in the USA’s 8-3 win in the bronze medal game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Teams USA and Sweden entered the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with high hopes for winning gold. Instead, the two hockey powers met in the bronze medal game, an outcome that was certainly a disappointment to both squads. Read more»

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