2015 NHL Draft: Kylington leads next exciting group of Swedish prospects

by Chapin Landvogt
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Oliver Kylington - Faerjestad Karlstad - Champions Hockey League

Photo: Farjestad defenseman and 2015 prospect Oliver Kylington (#97) missed out on representing Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship due to an injury (courtesy of Faerjestad Karlstad/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

It has become a yearly tradition to take a mid-season look at the prospect pool for the NHL Draft and realize that Sweden will likely be contributing another 20+ draftees at this event. This winter is no exception and, as is the case with the 2015 draft class on the whole, this group is looking strong enough to contribute as many as 10 picks to the first two rounds. Read more»

The Top Five most unconventional developing hockey nations

by Craig Fischer
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Nathan Walker - Washington Capitals

Photo: Hershey Bears forward and Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker (#79) is the first NHL-drafted player from the country of Australia (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

 

Hockey is predominantly popular in the colder, northern climates of the world. However, the fastest game on earth knows no bounds. It’s not just played by the kids in Toronto, Minneapolis, or Stockholm anymore–hockey players are coming from all over. Read more»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

by Craig Fischer
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Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

by Ken McKenna
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Connor McDavid - Team Canada; Brandon Carlo - Team USA

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: Strong team effort leads Canada back to gold

by Ken McKenna
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Team Canada - Gold Medal - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Canada earned their first gold medal at the World Junior Championship since 2009 but have won gold at this event 16 times since 1977 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The host country for the 2015 World Junior Championship made the most of its home-ice advantage as Team Canada made an unbeaten run through the preliminary and playoff rounds to secure the gold medal, their first at this tournament since 2009. Canada defeated Russia in the gold medal game, 5-4, making it the fifth straight year that Russia has earned a medal at the World Juniors. Read more»

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