2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Otto Somppi, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
Otto Somppi - Team Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward Otto Somppi competed for Jokerit’s U20 squad in 2014-15 but will be heading to North America to compete in the QMJHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

A quick and shifty youngster who definitely has an affinity for playmaking, Otto Somppi is here at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament centering the second line for Team Finland, who won their first three games in the preliminary round but dropped a 2-1 decision against Sweden in Friday’s semifinal match. 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»

Dove-McFalls looking to lead Saint John in 2015-16

by Tony Androckitis
Samuel Dove-McFalls - Philadelphia Flyers - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Saint John Sea Dogs forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Samuel Dove-McFalls was one of five forwards chosen by the Flyers at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The last five weeks have been quite the experience for Samuel Dove-McFalls. The Saint John Sea Dogs’ forward was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft last month, then attended the Flyers’ annual development camp in the middle of July. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

by David Hahn
2016 NHL Draft: Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP; Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Auston Matthews and Sarnia Sting defenseman Jakob Chychrun are the top two North American prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft heading into the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and CHL Images)

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the next draft class from North America in 2016 features a deep group from the United States and the OHL. With Auston Matthews in the news lately due to his interest in playing abroad, that offers an opportunity to take a look at the top draft-eligible skaters from North America. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Review: Sharks make Meier the top pick from the QMJHL

by Chris Roberts
Timo Meier - San Jose Sharks; Jakub Zboril - Boston Bruins - 2015 NHL Draft - QMJHL

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (San Jose Sharks) and Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Jakub Zboril (Boston Bruins) were the top two selections from the QMJHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The QMJHL returned to being a most popular league amongst NHL scouts and executives this season, and that was proven at the 2015 NHL Draft. In total, 30 of the 211 picks at the draft were players who spent last season in the QMJHL, up from just 17 in the 2014 NHL Draft. Read more»

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