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»

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: Undisciplined play prevents Canada from defending gold

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Brayden Point, Travis Sanheim, Mitch Marner, Jake Virtanen and Dylan Strome - Team Canada - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Canada players celebrate during their quarterfinal match against Finland, but there wasn’t much to celebrate after that country’s sixth place finish at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Canada made the trek to Finland last month with the same goal it always sets for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. That is, capture a gold medal. It is generally felt in Canada that achieving anything less is considered to be a failure. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: McCool’s spin-o-rama, Watson and Dal Colle lift Frontenacs, plus more top plays

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Max Jones - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Max Jones has scored at a point-per-game pace in his first OHL season, posting 17 goals and 33 points in 32 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Two spin-o-rama’s by Hayden McCool and Max Jones kick off a great week on Prospect Impressions. The Kingston Frontenacs are in the news after a big trade, and their new acquisition immediately makes an impact. Plenty of highlights await, including a couple of unreal saves and an unfortunate but hilarious mishap. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Patrik Laine and Julius Nattinen, Finland

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Jesse Puljujarvi and Sebastian Aho - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Finland forwards Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Sebastian Aho (R) celebrate Aho’s goal in the third period of the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Finland captured their second U20 title in three years after defeating Russia in overtime by a 4-3 score. As the scorer of the overtime, “Golden Goal” at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, Kasperi Kapanen (TOR) joined countrymen Rasmus Ristolainen (2014) and Niklas Hagman (1998) as Finns that have secured the gold for their country at this event with an overtime marker. Read more»

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