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

by Chapin Landvogt
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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

by Chapin Landvogt
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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»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Filip Lestan, Slovakia

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Alexander Georgiev - TPS Turku

Photo: Team Russia goaltender Alexander Georgiev, shown here playing for TPS Turku, has been an important part of his country’s run through the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the Russians have given up just seven goals in four games (courtesy of Duesseldorfer EG/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Team Slovakia put up a good battle, but Team Russia was able to hang on to defeat the Slovaks by a 2-1 score on the final day of the preliminary round at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win for the Russians sends them to a quarterfinal matchup with Denmark, while Slovakia has the uneviable task of facing off against what might be the best country at this year’s tournament, Sweden. Read more»

2016 WJC Preview: Survival the key for Team Slovakia after unexpected bronze last winter

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Erik Cernak - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters defenseman and Los Angeles Kings prospect Erik Cernak is one of the returning players from Slovakia’s bronze medal-winning squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

As Slovakia prepares for the 2016 World Junior Championship that begins Saturday in Helsinki, Finland, it has become more and more clear that their tournament is all about survival. Let it be clear that there are no Martin Reways, Marko Danos, or Denis Godlas on this team. New heroes will have to be found and then they will have to perform consistently. Read more»

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