2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Glimpse of a better future for Slovakia team that remain underdogs

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Sam Bucek - Chicago Steel

Photo: Team Slovakia forward and 2017 prospect Sam Bucek began the 2015-16 with Nitra MHC but elected to move to North America to play for the Chicago Steel of the USHL (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Slovakia’s entry at last spring’s IIHF U18 World Championship started its tournament off with a bang by defeating Sweden, 3-1, but the tournament went downhill from there. Although a victory over eventually relegated Germany allowed Slovakia to finish the preliminary round with two victories, their playoff performance looked like that of a team that didn’t belong there. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Hronek, Solensky the top prospects competing in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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Kristian Reichel - Team Czech Republic - 2015 World Junior A Challenge

Photo: HC Litvinov forward and 2016 prospect Kristian Reichel competed for the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge where he picked up a goal and three points in four games (courtesy of Tim Bates/OJHL Images)

With the regular season for European clubs having wrapped up and the playoffs having begun, a feel for the NHL Draft prospects available this summer has led to a fairly clear ranking for the neighboring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Change at top of March ISS rankings as Nylander arrives among the top prospects

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Alexander Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads - ISS Rankings, March, 2016

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander has a good chance of joining brother William as a top 10 pick in the NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the two players ranked at the top of ISS Hockey’s March rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft remain unchanged from last month’s list, there has been somewhat noteworthy movement elsewhere in the top 10 . Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Dramatic goals from NHL youngsters, Strome carves up Niagara, SHL goalie’s lighter side

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Rickard Rakell - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks forward has already established career highs in goals (16) and points (34) in 58 games in the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Throughout the NHL, young players are making a major impact for their franchises as teams are relying upon youth to lead their teams into the playoffs. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Rickard Rakell, Joel Armia, and Robby Fabbri are featured with highlight-reel goals. Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith has his shot blocked and you won’t believe who did it. Plenty more highlights including a fun look at Dan Girardi’s pirate impression, and one SHL goalie who likes to have some fun post-game. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Top skaters remain unchanged but a new pair of goaltenders emerge in ISS February rankings

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Evan Fitzpatrick - Sherbrooke Phoenix

Photo: Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender and 2016 prospect Evan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 40 games for the QMJHL club in 2015-16, where he has posted a 3.25 goals=against average and .899 save percentage (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Change has come to ISS Hockey’s February rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, but not within the Top 10 or much of the Top 30, for that matter. Instead, the significant change has taken place in the goaltender rankings, where the top two goalies from the January rankings have been displaced by a new duo. Read more»

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