2015 NHL Draft: Godla on the rise as group of Czech, Slovak and German prospects gain some ground

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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: SHK 37 Piestany goaltender and 2015 prospect Denis Godla was named the top goaltender of the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship after leading Slovakia to a bronze medal (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

It’s been a bit of a slow winter on the central European prospect front, and in general, there has been some concern over the past 5+ years in the overall lack of development of players coming from the Czech Republic and, in particular, Slovakia and Germany. All three countries have seen a rapid decline in the production of high-end talents, with many of their stronger players already choosing to head primarily to North America or Sweden by the time they are 16 years old. 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»

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»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

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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»

2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

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Connor McDavid - Team Canada; Brandon Carlo - Team USA

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more»

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