Prospect Impressions: The countdown of NHL prospect highlights from 2014-15 continues with plays 11-15

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Kevin Hayes - New York Rangers

Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes (#13) turned in a solid first NHL season, posting 17 goals and 45 points in 70 games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Last week, we kicked off the countdown of the top 20 NHL prospect Plays of the Year with numbers 20-16. This week, Hockey’s Future brings you the next five plays. This group features a potential top 10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, two ridiculous plays from the NHL, one player with a flair for baseball skills, and a KHL talent familiar to New Englanders. Read more»

2015 World Championship: Interviews with Latvia’s Rodrigo Abols and Oleg Yevenko of Belarus

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Rodrigo Abols - Latvia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Team Latvia forward and 2015 prospect Rodrigo Abols (#18) didn’t register any points at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, but he did play a part in helping his country avoid relegation to a lower level (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

At 19, Latvian forward Rodrigo Abols was one of the youngest players participating at the 2015 IIHF World Championship the past three weeks in the Czech Republic. Although he didn’t get on the scoreboard, he did dress for all seven games and gained valuable playing experience. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Breaking down the top re-entry candidates on defense and in goal

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Liam Herbst - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67’s goaltender and 2015 prospect Liam Herbst posted a 24-8-3-1 record in 39 regular season games for the 67’s in 2014-15 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Throughout the 2014-15 season, Hockey’s Future has released a monthly article entitled “Off the Radar”, a look at players who were passed over in previous iterations of the NHL Draft. While these players are often disappointed, being shrugged off in favor of other players, there is still hope in their second, or perhaps third time through the process. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Samsonov tops among European goalies, fan favorites not far behind

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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia

Photo: HK Orange 20 goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla led his country to a bronze medal at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship, where he was named that tournament’s Best Goaltender (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

As the focus shifts to European goaltending, there are a bevy of top talents available, but a few lingering fan favorites may have an opportunity to hear their name called at the 2015 NHL Draft. Among them, Ilya Samsonov leads the pack, with a pair of talented Czechs not far behind him. Those who attended or watched the 2015 World Junior Championship should recognize fan favorites George Sorensen and Denis Godla, two of a strong list of European options in net in this week’s NHL Draft Primer. Read more»

Prokhorkin, Kamenev the best among small group of NHL-drafted centers in Russia

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Vladislav Kamenev - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Metallurg Magnitogorsk forward and Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev (L) posted a goal and three assists for Russia’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

As might be noticed in international competition, the center position is often an area that Russia has some trouble filling with younger prospects, as that country instead fills with veterans like Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeny Malkin because of the apparent lack of production from younger, less established players. But recently, there have been some signs of trend inversion as there have been some centers drafted by NHL teams out of the KHL. Read more»

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