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»

2016 NHL Draft: CSS, ISS take similar view of top prospects with Matthews at #1

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Auston Matthews - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is ranked third in points per game (1.22) in the NLA, where he has scored 20 goals and 33 points in 27 games this season (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

At roughly the halfway point of the 2015-16 hockey season, the picture for the upper portion of the 2016 NHL Draft is becoming a bit clearer, in part due to the recently completed World Junior Championship that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Result wasn’t bronze, but mission still accomplished for Slovakia

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Adam Huska - Team Slovakia - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Green Bay Gamblers goaltender and New York Rangers prospect Adam Huska did his part in ensuring that Team Slovakia will be competing at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Coming into the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, it was widely felt that a lot of unlikely things would have to go right for Slovakia in order for the team to medal. For the country itself, the expectations were mild with maintaining the class being the main goal. Read more»

2016 World Junior Championship: Playoff and Relegation Round previews

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Ryan Hitchcock, Alex Nedeljkovic, Scott Eansor and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA had just one blemish in their four preliminary round games at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with their quarterfinal match placing them up against the Czech Republic (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

The playoff round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship begins tomorrow with the quarterfinal matchups featuring the non-relegated teams from Group A and Group B, although the first relegation game in the best-of-three series will also take place. The games will take place at Helsinki Ice Hall and Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»

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