NHL Draft Primer: Finnish star on top among European skaters despite strong Swedish crop

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Mikko Rantanen - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: TPS Turku forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen produced nine goals and 28 points in 56 games in Liiga in 2014-15 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

NHL Central Scouting hasn’t been able to nail down a consistent list among European skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, with wide-ranging fluctuations occurring among these talented prospects. Once ranked as the top European skater during the middle of the season, Oliver Kylington has fallen out of the top five, and right out of the first round according to some draft pundits. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Numerous decorated international competitors available in the second and third rounds

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Roope Hintz - Team Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Ilves forward and 2015 prospect Roope Hintz played for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, picking up two assists in five games in that tournament (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Among European skaters available for the 2015 NHL Draft, there are numerous players who have impressive track records playing for their respective countries. Taking a look at players 11 thru 24 in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, a few standout players burst onto the scene this season thanks to their performances at the international level. Read more»

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»

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