2016 WJC Preview: Team USA seeks first medal in three years

by DJ Powers
Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews has produced 14 goals and 25 points in 22 games in 2015-16 playing in Switzerland’s top league (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)



The United States will be seeking a return to the medal round at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland. The Americans last medalled in 2013 when they captured gold at this event in Ufa, Russia. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Nieves nets a beauty for Wolverines, OHL newbies impress, Draisaitl continues hot play, and more prospect highlights

by David Hahn
Adam Marsh - Saint John Sea Dogs

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Adam Marsh has had a productive 2015-16 campaign, posting 13 goals and 24 points in 29 QMJHL games (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)



In this weeks Prospect Impressions, “Boo” Nieves goes coast-to-coast and scores a pretty one for the Michigan Wolverines. In the OHL, a pair of 16-year-olds shine, while Saint John Sea Dogs forward Adam Marsh goes between-the-legs in QMJHL action. Leon Draisaitl continues on his torrid scoring pace, re-energizing the Edmonton Oilers lineup on a daily basis. Lastly, a pair of goaltenders from Switzerland make it into this week’s highlights, one of them for a completely unorthodox reason. Read more»

Blueger, Mavericks battling for third straight WCHA title, hoping for deeper run in postseason

by Sean Shapiro
Teddy Blueger - Minnesota State Mankato

Photo: Minnesota State Mankato forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Teddy Blueger is currently on pace to have the best offensive season of his NCAA career (courtesy of Minnesota State Mankato Athletics)



When Mike Hastings was hired as the head coach at Minnesota State University Mankato, he almost immediately took a trip to the Czech Republic.

Hastings and assistant coach Darren Blue were set on securing a commitment from a then 17-year-old Teddy Blueger, who was playing for Latvia at the Under-18 World Championship. Read more»

NCAA Prospects Notebook, November, 2015: White, Schmaltz among impressive NHL draftees heading into midseason

by DJ Powers
Colin White - Boston College

Photo: Boston College freshman forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Colin White has had a good bit to celebrate so far in the 2015-16 season as he is the leading frosh scorer with 23 points in 15 games (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)



The first two college hockey holiday tournaments and a number of stellar prospect performances highlighted the month of November. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in NCAA hockey from the prior month. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of Dec. 1st. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, November, 2015: Rantanen doesn’t let move to AHL deter him

by Chris Roberts
Mikko Rantanen - San Antonio Rampage - HF NHL Prospect of the Month, November, 2015

Photo: San Antonio Rampage forward and Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen (#96) turned in a strong month of November after being sent down to San Antonio by the Avalanche (courtesy of Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)



Mikko Rantanen turned 19 on Oct. 29th. Instead of spending his birthday in the NHL, however, he was gearing up for a California road trip in the AHL. The first round pick began the 2015-16 season with the Colorado Avalanche but, after going pointless through six games, was sent down to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Read more»

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