Prospect Impressions: P.K. Subban as Don Cherry, and Gettinger, Lammikko and others shine early

by David Hahn
Connor Hellebuyck - Team USA - IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Winnipeg Jets goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck starred for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, helping his country earn a bronze medal at that tournament (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

The 2015-16 season is in full swing in the junior ranks, and there are a number of prospects already off to great starts. In Sault Ste. Marie, Tim Gettinger graduated from fourth-line duty and showed why he is worthy of the additional responsibility. Across the other end of Ontario, the Kingston Frontenacs received a boost when Juho Lammikko returned to the lineup and immediately made an impression of his own. Read more»

2015 Prospect Tournaments: Tolchinsky flashing skill that could soon lead him to the NHL

by Sean Shapiro
Sergey Tolchinsky - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes forward prospect Sergey Tolchinsky was named to the OHL’s Third All-Star Team following his 95-point season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

While he was growing up in Russia, Sergey Tolchinsky dreamed of playing in the NHL.

He looked up to NHL players like Pavel Bure and Pavel Datsyuk, and he wasn’t afraid to circle the globe and work on his craft in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, even though he was a first-round pick in the 2012 KHL Draft. 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»

2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

by Chapin Landvogt
Jesse Puljujarvi - Finland; Dmitri Sokolov - Russia - 2016 NHL Draft

Photo: Karpat forward Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Omsk forward Dmitri Sokolov (R) are among the top forwards out of Europe for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft has come and gone. While most NHL teams and their fans are still pondering the possibilities of their new assets heading into the future, the next draft class from Europe is preparing itself for a big 2015-16 season, which at the moment has a number of extremely fascinating talents that scouts are very excited to see starting next month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. While some of these players may eventually wind up in North America as soon as this winter, fans may just see U.S. wunderkind Auston Matthews in a pro European jersey this winter, as well. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Review: Russia a factor in this year’s draft selections

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
Ilya Samsonov - Washington Capitals - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk goaltender and Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov was the only goaltender chosen in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

After a few years in which drafting Russians was considered a risky practice, NHL teams turned their attention back to that country, selecting 18 Russian players at the 2015 NHL Draft, including 10 playing in the different Russian leagues. Read more»

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