2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Observations from Monday’s Sweden-Russia showdown

by Ken McKenna
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Anton Blidh - Team Sweden

Photo: Frolunda forward and Boston Bruins prospect Anton Blidh was an impressive performer for Sweden in their showdown with Russia on Monday night (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

While Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship features arguably the top two teams in this year’s tournament, Group B also features two teams that in recent years have been among the WJC’s best. Those two countries, Sweden and Russia, squared off on Monday night with Sweden coming away with the 3-2 win in that showdown. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Goaltending, forwards should help Russia contend for a medal

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Ivan Provorov - Team Russia

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and 2015 prospect Ivan Provorov is currently second in scoring among WHL defensemen with 37 points in 35 games (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

Team Russia will arrive at the 2015 World Junior Championship with some momentum after that country’s solid Subway Super Series win last month. The team, led by Valery Bragin, back to the national team after the two-year run by Mikhail Varnakov, features the usual powerful offensive force, very good goaltending and suspect defense. The absence of Buffalo Sabres‘ defenseman Nikita Zadorov will surely affect the team, as he was thought to be a potential first-pairing defenseman. Read more»

The Top Five most vibrant personalities among NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Josh Ho-Sang - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs forward and New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is one of the more outspoken, young players among NHL prospects (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

 

As exciting as hockey players are on the ice, they are notorious for being boring off the ice. If you’ve heard one post-game interview, you’ve heard them all. Most hockey players respond to questions with the same robotic cliches – “We, uhh, just need to, uhh,focus on the, uhhh, next game. We need to just, uhhh, continue to play our, uh, style of game; play a full, uh, 60 minutes, get, uh, pucks in deep and finish our checks, get shots on, uh, net, and create, uh, chances…uh.” Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, November, 2014: Rockets’ Chartier remains on scoring tear

by Chris Roberts
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Rourke Chartier - Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month, November, 2014

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier has turned a strong start to his 2014-15 season into an invite to the Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Several high-profile prospects have gotten off to great starts this season and are riding that success into the middle portion of the 2014-15 campaign. First round draft selections scoring at a point-per-game in junior hockey is nothing to sneeze at, but when mid-round selections are scoring nearly two points-per-game and leading their respective league in scoring, you take notice. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: NTDP’s Matthews tops the ISS Hockey December rankings

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP U-18

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews was a two-time gold medalist with Team USA in the 2013-14 season, playing for both the U17 and U18 national teams (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

The 2016 NHL Draft is still more than a year-and-a-half away, but that doesn’t mean that players eligible for that draft aren’t being observed by scouts. ISS Hockey is one of those scouting groups taking the measure of late ’97 and ’98-born players eligible for that draft, with that organization releasing their December ranking of the top 10 prospects for the 2016 draft. Read more»

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