Shestyorkin the best of trio of NHL-drafted goalies competing in the KHL

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Ilya Sorokin - Team Russia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: CSKA Moscow goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin played in three games for Russia at the 2015 World Junior Championship, including the gold medal game (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

Traditionally a weak area for Russian teams, goaltending is an area where that country has managed to catch up and more consistently develop good players. Two of the best NHL goalies – Semyon Varlamov (COL) and Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ) – are from Russia, and there are a few more younger netminders who can repeat those achievements should the youngsters continue to progress as they are doing now. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lightning’s Nesterov opens scoring in loss to Kings

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Nikita Nesterov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov competed for Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL prior to moving to North America for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

On a night where two other AHL call-ups netted their first NHL goals, Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenseman Nikita Nesterov completed the first goal “hat trick” with his marker against the Los Angeles Kings in a game won by the surging Kings, 3-2. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Meier climbs higher but top of the order remains largely unchanged in February ISS rankings

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Timo Meier, Travis Konecny - Team Orr - 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier (L) and Ottawa 67’s forward Travis Konecny (R) starred for Team Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While there is still postseason play and the U18 World Championship yet to come, the pecking order at the top of the ISS Hockey rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft is becoming more well defined just past the halfway mark of the season. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Domingue gets first NHL win, Gersich nets a hat trick, and more

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Shane Gersich - Omaha Lancers

Photo: Omaha Lancers forward and Washington Capitals prospect Shane Gersich is tied for third in goals in the USHL with 22 so far this season (courtesy of the Omaha Lancers)

Louis Domingue, the unlikely hero in Montreal in front of friends and family. One current USHL star showing why he is regarded for his goal scoring, while another former star improving in the NCAA. One night, two individual skills competition victories, and an AHL record for a Manchester Monarchs defenseman along with an impressive, one-handed effort from the KHL in this weeks Prospect Impressions feature. Read more»

Chudinov heads short list of drafted defensemen competing in the KHL

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Rushan Rafikov - Team Russia - 2014 Subway Super Series

Photo: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov was part of a Team Russia defensive unit that was very effective at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The exodus of young Russian players to the CHL didn’t leave many prospects of note in the KHL, especially when discussing defensemen, the type of players Russian hockey is having the hardest time developing, especially at depth level. Read more»

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