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

by Chapin Landvogt
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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»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews maintains hold on top spot, but change elsewhere in ISS December rankings

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Michael McLeod - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads center and 2016 prospect Michael McLeod is currently ranked 18th in scoring in the OHL with 32 points in 28 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

 

Following a couple of months of relative calm in ISS Hockey‘s ranking of the top 30 prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, the December list features a fair amount of change throughout the rankings. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Blackhawks, Coyotes place two each among honorable mentions for Fall ranking

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Brayden Point - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brayden Point currently leads the WHL in scoring with 16 goals and 39 points in 16 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

 

The Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015 is now in the books, but there is still the group of 10 honorable mentions that should receive their due. At least a few of these players could arguably have been included in the lower reaches of the main list, and they may well find their way onto the Spring list in early 2016 once prospects on the main list have graduated. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: No change at top of ISS draft rankings for November

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Matthew Tkachuk - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk has made an easy transition to the OHL as he is currently ranked third in scoring for 2015-16 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

 

No news is good news for the players sitting atop ISS Hockey’s November ranking of the top 30 prospects available for the 2016 NHL Draft. There is no change among the top 5 players from last month’s ranking, with Auston Matthews standing steady as the top prospect. Read more»

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»

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