On the Rush, April, 2016: Gostisbehere, Timashov amongst those leading the rush

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Shayne Gostisbehere - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had a strong NHL rookie campaign, scoring 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2015-16 (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about October/November, and the first On the Rush of the 2015-16 campaign was being put together. Alas, here we are in April with many teams and players done for the season. It has been another phenomenal year across the hockey world, and every year we are left with no shortage of players who surpass expectations and those that fall short. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Finland downs Russia, earns date with the USA

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Robin Salo - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Finland defenseman and 2017 prospect Robin Salo has chipped in a goal in five games for his country at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In what ended up being the closest of the four quarterfinal matches at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team Finland defeated Russia by a 4-3 score.

A goal by by Russian forward Yaroslav Alexeyev (MVD Balashikha – RUS) drew his team within one of Finland with 7:29 remaining in the third period, but Russia could not produce the equalizer in the remaining time. Read more»

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

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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

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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: Latvia down to last chance to avoid relegation round

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Haralds Strombergs - Team Latvia - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Latvia forward and 2016 prospect Haralds Strombergs competed for HK Riga of the MHL in 2015-16, where he posted three assists in 20 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

As it always is, the mantra for Team Latvia at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship is to avoid the relegation round. But talking about doing it has been easier than accomplishing that goal as Latvia find themselves winless after three games at this tournament, with their final match of the preliminary round coming later today against a Russian squad that has an overtime win in two games. Read more»

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