Prospect Faceoff: Pair of newly-minted captains clash, plus draft-eligibles in the NAHL, Senators’ prospects in the SHL

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Jaedon Descheneau - Kootenay Ice; Ivan Provorov - Brandon Wheat Kings - Prospect Faceoff - 10/9/15

Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Jaedon Descheneau (L), and Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ivan Provorov are one of the marquee, head-to-head NHL prospect encounters this weekend (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Leadership is often one of the first things teams discuss when evaluating prospects, and for Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters and Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads, both players will adorn new letters this year. In the WHL, a surprising early cut from training camp faces off against a diminutive forward, and two draft-eligible players from the NAHL, as well as two Ottawa Senators prospects lead their teams into weekend action. Read more»

2018 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia forward Milos Roman

by Chapin Landvogt
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Milos Roman - Team Slovakia

Photo: Trinec forward and 2018 prospect Milos Roman posted 23 goals and 42 points in 36 games for Trinec’s U18 squad in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

At the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the international ice hockey community got to see a number of young men available for the 2016 and even 2017 drafts. In Milos Roman of Slovakia, it witnessed a player first eligible for the 2018 draft, but you’d never have known it with the way he played, taking a regular shift on the team’s third line. Read more»

2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia forward Adam Ruzicka

by Chapin Landvogt
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Adam Ruzicka - Team Slovakia

Photo: HC Pardubice forward and 2017 prospect Adam Ruzicka scored 10 goals and 22 points in 22 games for Pardubice’s U18 team in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Although only 16 years of age, 6’3” and 187-pound forward Adam Ruzicka was very noticeable in a top-nine role for Slovakia at the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Banging his body into opponents whenever necessary, Ruzicka seemed to improve from game to game, quickly adjusting to the demands of international hockey. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Slovakia goaltender Jan Koziak

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Jan Koziak - Team Slovakia

Photo: HC Slovan Bratislava goaltender and 2016 prospect Jan Koziak appeared in 34 games for Bratislava’s U18 squad in 2014-15, posting a 2.26 goals-against average and .936 save percentage (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

After several Slovak goalies were taken in the most recent NHL Draft, it’s clear that Slovak goaltenders are rightfully getting a good amount of attention from the scouting community. Jan Koziak is widely considered one of the top Slovak goalies heading into next summer’s draft. He played the 2014-15 season with HC Slovan Bratislava’s U18 and U20 teams. Read more»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Samuel Solensky, Slovakia

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Samuel Solensky - Team Slovakia - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Slovakia forward Samuel Solensky competed for his country at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting three points in five games at that tourney (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For Team Slovakia captain Samuel Solensky, the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament has required him to be all he can be, and more. Leading an attack that few are expecting much from, he’s been the go-to guy for Slovakia head coach Anton Bartanus in every important situation. Read more»

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