Prospect Impressions: Athanasiou, Parayko, Larkin notch playoff firsts, Mason’s gaffe, Skelleftea’s creative routine

by David Hahn
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Nikita Popugaev - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2017 prospect Nikita Popugaev (#71) finished ninth in rookie scoring in the WHL this season, posting 16 goals and 47 points in 70 games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

 

In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of rookies notched their first NHL playoff goals this week, continuing to contribute right where they left off from the regular season. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is going to want a half-ice deflection back, and his teammate might want to join him in hiding for a pretty funny reason. There are a number of draft-eligible forwards who created some fantastic highlights this week, and a must-see, pregame presentation from Europe that unites the worlds of hockey and video games. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Russia stumbles into quarterfinal match against Finland

by Ken McKenna
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Mikhail Sergachev - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Team Russia defenseman Mikhail Sergachev is a top defensive prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft after a strong rookie season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

Team Russia wrapped up its preliminary round schedule with a 5-1 loss to Sweden at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. The hastily assembled team has had trouble developing into a cohesive unti to this point of the tournament with a tough quarterfinal matchup against Finland on the horizon. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Canada holds off hard-working Slovakia squad

by Ken McKenna
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Brett Howden - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Team Canada forward and 2016 prospect Brett Howden scored 24 goals and 64 points in 68 regular season games for the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2015-16, then added 15 points in 10 playoff games (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

 

 

Team Canada faced off against a pesky Slovakia squad that kept the game interesting until the end, with Canada coming away with a 3-1 win to maintain their unbeaten status at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, ND. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shaw provides mix of offense, grit for Canada

by Ken McKenna
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Mason Shaw - Medicine Hat Tigers

Photo: Medicine Hat Tigers forward and 2017 prospect Mason Shaw had a productive season for the rebuilding Tigers, scoring 17 goals and 60 points in 67 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

 

Canada posted their second win of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, although it didn’t come as easily as their first win on Friday night. The Czech Republic provided the opposition on Saturday, and, after Canada took a 3-0 lead, the Czechs gave the Canadians all they could handle before finally bowing, 3-1. Read more»

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada looks to improve on bronze showing in 2015

by Glen Erickson
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Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2016 prospect Jakob Chychrun had a productive 2015-16 season, posting 11 goals and 49 points in 62 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

While disappointment at the club level is a reality for many of those named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team pre-competition camp in Winnipeg, the opportunity to wear a Team Canada jersey at the 2016 IIHF U18 Championship should soothe some of the ache. Read more»

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