(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: William Fallstrom, Sweden

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William Fallstrom - Team Sweden - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Sweden forward William Fallstrom competed for Drugardens IF in the 2014-15 season, and will eventually move to North America to play NCAA hockey in 2017 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden needed a hero in their semifinal matchup against Finland at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and, with a little over 13 minutes left in regulation time, they found one in the form of forward William Fallstrom. Fallstrom tipped home a point shot by Alexander Nylander to give Sweden the 2-1 lead, a lead that would hold up for the remainder of the game. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Jacob Cederholm, Sweden

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Jacob Cederholm - Team Sweden - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman Jacob Cederholm is serving as team captain for the Swedes at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden faced off against archrival Finland in the semifinals of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Friday, posting a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Finns to advance to the gold medal game against Canada. Read more»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Preview: Canada looks to continue domination of season’s first draft prospect showcase

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Tyler Benson - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward Tyler Benson will have the role of an alternate captain at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, as he did for the Canada Black squad at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

By June of 2016, a large number of the young men who will be participating in this week’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia will be the focus next year’s NHL Draft. The historical tournament will feature what are nominally considered the world’s eight best ice hockey nations divided into the following two groups: Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

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Jesse Puljujarvi - Finland; Dmitri Sokolov - Russia - 2016 NHL Draft

Photo: Karpat forward Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Omsk forward Dmitri Sokolov (R) are among the top forwards out of Europe for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft has come and gone. While most NHL teams and their fans are still pondering the possibilities of their new assets heading into the future, the next draft class from Europe is preparing itself for a big 2015-16 season, which at the moment has a number of extremely fascinating talents that scouts are very excited to see starting next month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. While some of these players may eventually wind up in North America as soon as this winter, fans may just see U.S. wunderkind Auston Matthews in a pro European jersey this winter, as well. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Review: Eriksson Ek, Larsson lead talented but reduced group from Sweden

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Gabriel Carlsson - Columbus Blue Jackets - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Linkoping defenseman Gabriel Carlsson was one of two defenders chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

Sweden once again proved to be the hottest European commodity at the NHL Draft. This is a trend that began in 2011, when Sweden saw an outstanding and record-setting 28 players taken, eight more than the year before. In 2012, another 22 were selected. In 2013, that number increased slightly, seeing another 25 Swedes taken. Then it 2014, it became 31, 28 of whom were Swedish-born. Read more»

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