Barbashev, Gauthier are tops among QMJHL centers

by Chris Roberts
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Ivan Barbashev - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Ivan Barbashev, shown here playing for Russia at the 2015 WJC, has produced 24 points in 15 games for the Wildcats in the 2015 QMJHL playoffs (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The QMJHL might house the lowest amount of future NHL players among the three Canadian junior leagues, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundance of quality prospects – particularly in the middle of the ice. A total of nine NHL-drafted centers played in the ‘Q’ this season, while recent signing Danick Martel rounds out a formidable Top 10. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Tyler Benson, Forward, and Zach Sawchenko, Goaltender, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Zach Sawchenko - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender and 2016 prospect Zach Sawchenko appeared in 49 games for the Warriors in 2014-15, where he posted a 3.32 goals-against average and .896 save percentage (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

While the outcome for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship wasn’t what they hoped to accomplish, that country did get a preview of some of the players that could represent the country at next year’s tournament. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Anthony Beauvillier and Glenn Gawdin, Forwards, Canada

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Glenn Gawdin - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Swift Current Broncos forward and 2015 prospect Glenn Gawdin was the scoring star for Canada in the U18’s bronze medal game, where he scored two goals in Canada’s 5-2 win over Switzerland (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

The semifinal showdown with Team USA didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to, but Team Canada did manage to take home a bronze medal from the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating host Switzerland, 5-2, at Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Thomas Chabot, Defenseman, and Jansen Harkins, Forward, Canada

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Thomas Chabot - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Canada defenseman and 2015 prospect Thomas Chabot had a strong 2014-15 season for the Saint John Sea Dogs, scoring 12 goals and 41 points in 66 games for the Sea Dogs (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada entered their semifinal game against Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with an opportunity to advance to the gold medal game for the second time in three years. That opportunity has passed them by, however, as the U.S. broke open what had been a tight contest with five third period goals to defeat Canada, 7-2. Read more»

(Podcast) 2015 U18 World Championship: Preview of Canada vs. USA, Finland vs. Switzerland

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2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship - Bossard Arena, Zug, Switzerland

Photo: Brassard Arena in Zug, Switzerland is the site of the two semifinal games for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The first game features Canada vs. the USA, and the second has Finland facing off against Switzerland (courtesy of Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)

The field has been whittled down to four countries at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The teams still standing – Canada, the United States, Finland and host Switzerland – will take the ice on Saturday in the two semifinal games taking place at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. Read more»

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