Russian duo among Lightning prospects pushing Crunch to the top of AHL standings

by Tony Androckitis
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Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Vladislav Namestnikov has split his time this season between the Lightning and their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Syracuse Crunch sport the third-best record in the American Hockey League (26-11-5-0, 57 points) through the first half of the 2014-15 season. Despite a 10-game winning streak last month, the Crunch find themselves in a battle with the Springfield Falcons for the top spot in the Northeast Division. Read more»

2015 WJC Review: Russia relies on team approach to earn silver medal

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

Photo: Team Russia defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov was named the Best Defenseman of the 2015 World Junior Championship by the IIHF Directorate (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

After a hard-fought round robin at the 2015 World Junior Championship, with a loss against Czech Republic and a shootout needed to defeat Denmark, Team Russia had a strong showing during the playoff round. They defeated the USA and Sweden to move on to the gold medal game, only to drop a one-goal game to Canada en route to a silver medal. Valeri Bragin did a great job of motivating the team, even during the championship game when Canada was leading by three goals. Read more»

The Top Five most unconventional developing hockey nations

by Craig Fischer
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Nathan Walker - Washington Capitals

Photo: Hershey Bears forward and Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker (#79) is the first NHL-drafted player from the country of Australia (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Hockey is predominantly popular in the colder, northern climates of the world. However, the fastest game on earth knows no bounds. It’s not just played by the kids in Toronto, Minneapolis, or Stockholm anymore–hockey players are coming from all over. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, December, 2014: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy impresses in first NHL action

by Chris Roberts
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Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

by Craig Fischer
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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

 

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more»

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