2015 WJC Review: Team Canada built to win gold, does exactly that

by Glen Erickson
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Team Canada - Gold Medal Winners - 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship

Photo: Team Canada poses for the traditional team photo following their gold medal win at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

This year’s edition of Team Canada competing at the 2015 World Junior Championship was built to dominate. And that is exactly how this collection of top juniors went about writing their script over the course of the 11-day tournament played in both Toronto and Montreal. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, December, 2014: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy impresses in first NHL action

by Chris Roberts
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Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

by Craig Fischer
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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Strome highlight potentially strong group from OHL

by Jason Menard
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Mitchell Marner - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Marner has been impressive offensively in the 2014-15 season as he is currently the leading scorer in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

One of the keys to success at the NHL level is depth down the middle. For the upcoming NHL Draft, the OHL offers both quantity and quality — including a trio that could be considered elite in the years to come. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

by Ken McKenna
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Connor McDavid - Team Canada; Brandon Carlo - Team USA

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more»

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