For Team Sweden, the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship has so far been a disappointment. The country’s roster heading into the tournament had the look of a squad that would contend for a medal, but the results so far suggest otherwise. The good news for the Swedes is that they have made it to the playoff round, so it is a clean slate going forward. The bad news – they face Canada in their quarter-final match. Read more»
A country that has been an international hockey power the past few seasons has looked very ordinary so far at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Team Sweden stumbled through the preliminary round of this year’s tournament with just one win in four games, albeit in a Group A that also features Russia and the USA. Read more»
The Detroit Red Wings have another seventh round pick setting records in the SHL while producing in critical situations. The OHL playoffs continue as the Oshawa Generals turn to their 6’6″ power forward to help eliminate a rival team, while another OHL veteran heads off to the AHL and immediately makes an impact. Staying with the OHL, the Erie Otters top tandem strikes again, eliminating the London Knights in fine fashion. Also in this week’s Prospect Impressions, highlight-reel goals from the USHL and U18 World Championship are worth a watch, as is a fantastic save from the QMJHL. Read more»
In the spring of 2014, Team Sweden headed to the homeland of archrival Finland with visions of grandeur, knowing full well that their blueline of redwoods would provide lots of support for not only a cast of hardworking forwards, but all-in-one weapon William Nylander, their all-star and a go-to guy like no other available to them for that U18 World Championship. Read more»
In this week’s playoff edition of Prospect Faceoff, all three CHL leagues have series that are facing pivotal fifth games. Meanwhile, with the NCAA on hiatus, there’s a strong NAHL matchup featuring two college recruits worth keeping an eye on. Also, the SHL’s juggernaut squad in Skelleftea may have an opportunity this weekend to advance to the finals with one more win, but a top prospect for a rival will have something to say about that. Read more»
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