2015 Prospect Tournaments: Blues’ third rounder Parayko now a difficult player to miss

by Sean Shapiro
Colton Parayko - Chicago Wolves

Photo: St. Louis Blues defensive prospect Colton Parayko joined the Chicago Wolves after completing his junior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, posting four goals and seven points in 17 AHL games (courtesy of the Chicago Wolves)

It’s hard to miss Colton Parayko. There aren’t many 6-foot-5 human beings in the world.

There are even less that can skate with smooth precision and have innate sense of positioning on the ice. Read more»

Minnesota’s Collins hoping personal improvement leads to team success

by Ken McKenna
Ryan Collins - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Collins won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2014 U18 World Championship (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

For the past three years, the Columbus Blue Jackets have used first and second round draft picks to steadily build a solid defensive core for the club’s future. 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»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Preview: Canada looks to continue domination of season’s first draft prospect showcase

by Chapin Landvogt
Tyler Benson - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward Tyler Benson will have the role of an alternate captain at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, as he did for the Canada Black squad at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

By June of 2016, a large number of the young men who will be participating in this week’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia will be the focus next year’s NHL Draft. The historical tournament will feature what are nominally considered the world’s eight best ice hockey nations divided into the following two groups: Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Review: White, Roslovic top NTDP draft selections

by Chapin Landvogt
Colin White - Ottawa Senators - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Ottawa Senators first round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, forward Colin White, will move on from the U.S. NTDP program to play for Boston College starting in the Fall (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Despite yet another gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Zug, Switzerland, the U.S. NTDP saw relatively few players taken at the 2015 NHL Draft. To a degree that can be accredited to having a number of key players on the team who will first be eligible for the 2016 draft, including no less than captain Luke Kunin, top scorer Auston Matthews, Matt Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, Chad Krys, and Jamie McAvoy. As many as three of these players are looking like surefire first round picks for next summer’s draft. Read more»

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