2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Slovakia looks to build off of U20 success

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Radovan Bondra - Team Slovakia

Photo: HC Kosice forward and 2015 prospect Radovan Bondra is hoping to bring some of the success of the U20 Slovakian team to the U18 squad competing at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Switzerland (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

A little miracle took place for Slovakia on the last night of the U20 World Junior Championship this past winter. The bronze medal obtained by Slovakia at this year’s WJC practically rejuvenated an ice hockey nation that was feeling as if its best days were eternally behind it. The tournament darlings made that bronze medal game victory over Sweden feel as if they’d won the Stanley Cup. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

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Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forwards Connor McDavid (R) and Dylan Strome (L) are ranked #1 and #3 respectively in the ISS Hockey April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are no surprises at the very top of ISS Hockey’s April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, but there was some movement outside the top two positions. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Marincin gets Oilers started in win over Avalanche

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Martin Marincin - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Martin Marincin (R) celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)

The Edmonton Oilers sport a young lineup, so it is no surprise that the team would feature two youngsters netting their first NHL goals within two days of one another. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

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Jack Eichel - Boston University - 2015 Beanpot Tournament Championship

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more»

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»

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