(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Shootout win sends Sweden to gold medal game

by Ken McKenna
Tim Wahlgren - Team Sweden - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Sweden forward and 2016 prospect Tim Wahlgren played for MODO’s SHL squad in 2015-16, picking up a goal and an assist in 10 games in Sweden’s top league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)



In a game that literally became a ‘last shot wins’ scenario, Team Sweden moved on to the gold medal game after taking a 6-5 shootout victory from Canada in the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Athanasiou, Parayko, Larkin notch playoff firsts, Mason’s gaffe, Skelleftea’s creative routine

by David Hahn
Nikita Popugaev - Moose Jaw Warriors

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward and 2017 prospect Nikita Popugaev (#71) finished ninth in rookie scoring in the WHL this season, posting 16 goals and 47 points in 70 games (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)



In this week’s Prospect Impressions, a trio of rookies notched their first NHL playoff goals this week, continuing to contribute right where they left off from the regular season. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason is going to want a half-ice deflection back, and his teammate might want to join him in hiding for a pretty funny reason. There are a number of draft-eligible forwards who created some fantastic highlights this week, and a must-see, pregame presentation from Europe that unites the worlds of hockey and video games. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Sweden heads into quarterfinal match on a high note

by Ken McKenna
Lias Andersson - Team Sweden - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Sweden forward and 2017 prospect Lias Andersson saw his first SHL action with HV71, appearing in 22 regular season and four playoff games for that club in 2015-16 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)



After a somewhat wobbly start to their 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, Team Sweden finished the preliminary round of the tournament strongly, outscoring their final two opponents by a 13-2 count. The most recent win came against Russia, a convincing 5-1 victory that has the Swedes primed for their quarterfinal match against Slovakia. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Nylander powers Sweden to win over Switzerland

by Ken McKenna
Marcus Davidsson - Team Sweden - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Sweden forward and 2017 prospect Marcus Davidsson played in 45 games for Djurgarden’s SuperElit club, posting 17 goals and 40 points in 2015-16 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)



Team Sweden picked up their first regulation win of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, beating Switzerland by an 8-1 score on Day 5 of the tournament. The win leaves the Swedes tied with Russia in Group A as they head into their showdown on the final day of the preliminary round, but neither team can displace Team USA at the top of Group A. Read more»

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Nylander leads Sweden squad heavy with 2017 prospects

by Chapin Landvogt
Alexander Nylander - Mississauga Steelheads

Photo: Mississauga Steelheads forward and 2016 prospect Alexander Nylander finished 19th in scoring in the OHL in 2015-16, posting 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)



In April of 2015, the Swedish national team traveled to Switzerland fully believing it was sending a medal contender to the IIHF U18 World Championship. But aside from a tight victory over future dropout Germany in the preliminary round, which at least got Sweden to the playoff round, there was very little to write home about. The team was dismissed in the first round of the playoffs after losing to Russia, the USA and even Slovakia in the preliminary round. Heads rolled and the program will be featuring a new coach, Torgny Bendelin, on the bench for this year’s tournament. Read more»

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