The Top Five goalies not affiliated with NHL teams…yet

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Joel Lassinantti - Lulea Hockey - Champions Hockey League Quarter Final

Photo: Lulea goaltender Joel Lassinantti won the Honken Trophy this season as the SHL’s Goalie of the Year (courtesy of Lulea Hockey/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

You only have to look as far as the NHL playoffs to see how important a goalie is. Every time a team harmlessly bumps into an opposing netminder, it’s the NHL equivalent to World War 3. Read more»

Role expanded for Hagg as season progressed with Lehigh Valley

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Robert Hagg - Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Robert Hagg (L) posted two assists in seven games for Sweden at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Corey Silvia/Icon Sportswire)

With his first regular season of AHL hockey now completed, Robert Hagg will have 79 AHL games under his belt (including 10 games from 2013-14). While he’s showed flashes of brilliant play in the offensive zone, Hagg seemed to spend the second half of the season really focusing on expanding his identity to a two-way defender who can shut down opposing team’s scorers as well. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Joel Eriksson Ek, Sweden

by Chapin Landvogt
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Joel Eriksson Ek - Team Sweden - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Farjestad forward and 2015 prospect Joel Eriksson Ek posted four goals and six points in 36 SHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Sweden is averaging four goals per game at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but they are also averaging four goals against after the four preliminary round games. After winning just one game in the opening round, Sweden will face Canada in a quarter-final match that will take place Thursday in Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Sebastian Ohlsson, Sweden

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Sebastian Ohlsson - Team Sweden - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Skelleftea forward and 2015 prospect Sebastian Ohlsson has produced three goals and two assists at the U18 tournament for Team Sweden (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

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»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Oliver Kylington, Sweden

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Oliver Kylington - Team Sweden - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: AIK defenseman and 2015 prospect Oliver Kylington began the 2014-15 season with Farjestads of the SHL before being loaned to AIK (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

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»

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