Off The Radar: Trio of international skaters, Kootenay standout, and oft-injured goaltender push for NHL attention

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Ahti Oksanen - Boston University

Photo: Boston University junior forward/defenseman Ahti Oksanen was ranked 66th among European skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft, but was never drafted (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Front offices in the National Hockey League withhold many secrets, none that garner more speculation than why respective member clubs pass on draft-eligible players. Whether it’s concerns over size, injuries, production, or their interest level in playing in the league, there’s always an opportunity for a player to overcome those shortcomings in order to earn a chance the second time around. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship: Guryanov’s offensive exploits not enough to help Russia avoid elimination

by Chapin Landvogt
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Team Russia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Team Russia won all four of their preliminary round games to finish atop Group A before being eliminated in the playoff round by Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

Each U18 tournament brings an upset or two, and the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has been no different. Probably the biggest upset took place in a quarter-final game today, with host country Switzerland eliminating Russia in a shocking 5-0 win. The Swiss had not beaten the Russians at this tournament since 1999, which was the first year for the U18. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Rudolfs Balcers, Latvia

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Rudolfs Balcers - Team Latvia - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Stavanger Oilers forward Rudolfs Balcers has competed in Norway since the 2011-12 season, and he is currently competing in Norway’s top league (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Although they are tied with Switzerland for the bottom position in Group B at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, Team Latvia’s performance at this tournament has not been without its good points. The team has generally been competitive in each of their games, and they did manage to produce six goals against Canada. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship: Russia hoping to better U20 silver medal showing

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Team Russia - U20 World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Russia settled for a silver medal at the U20 World Junior Championship, but will be looking to earn gold at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Team Russia has recently had much more success at the U20 World Junior Championship level than at the U18, with the last U18 medal being a bronze in 2011 in Germany when the team was led by players like Nikita Kucherov (TBL), Mikhail Grigorenko (BUF), and Nail Yakupov (EDM). Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Latvia among candidates for relegation round

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Team Latvia - World Championship

Photo: Team Latvia will bring another group of hard-working players to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but will be challenged to avoid the relegation round (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

After a promotion following their first-place showing at last year’s U18 World Championship Divsion I Group A tournament held in Nice, France, Team Latvia will fight for survival in Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to avoid relegation back to that lower level. Read more»

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