2016 NHL Draft: Rubtsov leads interesting group of forwards competing in Russia

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Artur Kayumov - Team Russia - 2015 World Junior A Challenge

Photo: Team Russia U18 forward Artur Kayumov led the Russian squad in scoring at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge with a goal and six assists in four games (courtesy of Amy Deroche/OJHL Images)

At the 2015 NHL Draft, Russia had one of its better recent showings with 18 Russians being drafted by NHL clubs. This made for a good jump forward when compared to 2014 with 13 players chosen, and especially 2013 where only eight Russians were selected. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

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Evan Fitzpatrick - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 40 games for the QMJHL club in 2015-16, where he has posted a 3.25 goals=against average and .899 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Change has come to ISS Hockey’s February rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, but not within the Top 10 or much of the Top 30, for that matter. Instead, the significant change has taken place in the goaltender rankings, where the top two goalies from the January rankings have been displaced by a new duo. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Omark’s on fire, Leipsic gets creative in overtime, plus a must-see puppy goal

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Brendan Leipsic - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Brandan Leipsic is currently fourth in scoring for the Marlies with 13 goals and 31 points in 42 games this season (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Sticks are both figuratively and literally on fire in this week’s edition of Prospect Impressions. Andrew Mangiapane and Brendan Leipsic score impressive goals, joining a trio of players in Europe who provided creative entries of their own. Make sure to check in this week to see why Bobby Ryan’s snipe will forever be known as the “puppy goal!” Read more»

Belarus teammates Falkovsky, Buinitsky, and Goncharov use World Junior experience as guidepost

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Stepan Falkovsky - Team Belarus - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Belarus defenseman and 2016 prospect Stepan Falkovsky is in his first season of OHL hockey as a member of the Ottawa 67’s (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Coming into the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Stepan Falkovsky was about the only Belarusian player known to the international ice hockey community as he currently suits up for the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. There, the 19 year old sports seven goals, 22 points, and a +11 rating in 37 games in his first season of North American play. Despite a 6’7” and 225-pound frame that he doesn’t shy away from using, Falkovsky plays a rangy game and seems very adept at making solid first passes or firing the puck from the point Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Belarus fails to take preliminary round effort into relegation, drops down to D1A

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Ivan Kulbakov and Ilya Sushko - Team Belarus - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Belarus goaltender Ivan Kulbakov received some help from his teammates during the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, but not so much in the relegation round (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

With only two players in the lineup having played in North America, namely team stalwart Stepan Falkovsky of the Ottawa 67’s and Vadim Malinovski of the Okanagan HC Europe, Belarus traveled to Helsinki for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with a team relatively unknown to the international ice hockey community. Read more»

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