2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Inexperienced Latvia squad hard-pressed to avoid relegation

by Chapin Landvogt
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Team Latvia - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Image: Team Latvia will send a mostly internationally inexperienced team to the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where they hope to avoid relegation to D-1.

After making their way up from Division I in 2014, the Latvians played a wonderful tournament in Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship. Things started off with a wild 11-6 loss to Canada, but the team showed that it would not back down and would find ways to be dangerous. Read more»

HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016: Meier, Huskies roll into second round of QMJHL playoffs

by Chris Roberts
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Timo Meier - HF NHL Prospect of the Month, March, 2016

Photo: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier, shown here competing for his home country of Switzerland, has helped take the Huskies to another level since he was acquired from Halifax in January of 2016 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Heading into the CHL playoffs, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies locked down the number one seed in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings, ahead of OHL powerhouses the Erie Otters and London Knights. The Huskies finished the regular season leading the QMJHL with a record of 52-9-3-2; they were a consistently strong team all season long, but bolstered their potent lineup with a few transactions prior to the league’s trade deadline. Read more»

Sorokin leads small but growing group of NHL-drafted goaltenders competing in Russia

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Ilya Sorokin - Team Russia

Photo: CSKA Moscow goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin turned in a strong 2015-16 regular season, and has duplicated that effort in the KHL playoffs with a 1.17 goals-against and .949 save percentage (courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

In recent years, Russia has become a better producer of quality goaltenders. Proof of that is the number of NHL-drafted netminders competing in the KHL and minor leagues, which is in a modest growth trend. Many young, Russian goalies are experiencing an upward career progression, and almost all the goaltenders drafted in the last few years have an excellent chance of becoming solid NHL players, with the exception of Sergei Kostenko, who was a seventh round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2012. Read more»

Zhukenov adjusting well to new surroundings with playoff-bound Sagueneens squad

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Dmitry Zhukenov - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Dmitry Zhukenov was a productive player for Russia at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting three goals and six points in five games (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

There will always be a debate about the best development track for European – and especially Russian – hockey players: is it better to develop at home or in North America? While it is not possible to get a one-size-fits-all reply, there are some stories of success and failure in both cases. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Change at top of March ISS rankings as Nylander arrives among the top prospects

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Alexander Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads - ISS Rankings, March, 2016

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander has a good chance of joining brother William as a top 10 pick in the NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the two players ranked at the top of ISS Hockey’s March rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft remain unchanged from last month’s list, there has been somewhat noteworthy movement elsewhere in the top 10 . Read more»

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