2016 NHL Draft: Matthews having no trouble fitting in with ZSC Lions

by Ken McKenna
Auston Matthews - ZSC Lions Zurich  - Champions Hockey League

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews elected to move to Switzerland to further his career rather than go the NCAA or WHL route (courtesy of Sparta Prague/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

Back in early August at USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp, Team USA forward Auston Matthews was asked about whether a decision had been made regarding the team he would compete for in the 2015-16 season. Matthews elected not to let the cat out of the bag, instead simply stating that a decision would be made after the completion of the NJEC. Read more»

2018 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Switzerland forward Nando Eggenberger

by Chapin Landvogt
Nando Eggenberger - Team Switzerland

Photo: Davos forward and 2018 prospect Nando Eggenberger posted 15 goals and 31 points in 29 games for the Davos U17 squad last season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Already checking in at 6’1” and 180 pounds, 15 year old Nando Eggenberger didn’t look out of place a bit at the recent Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, even if Switzerland was only able to garner two points on the strength of an overtime penalty shot victory over Slovakia in the team’s final game. Read more»

2017 NHL Draft: Q&A with Team Switzerland forward Nico Hischier

by Chapin Landvogt
Nico Hischier - Team Switzerland

Photo: Bern forward and 2017 prospect Nico Hischier produced 28 goals and 61 points in 22 games for Bern’s U17 squad in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

As an underager who will first be talked about once the 2017 NHL Draft rolls around, young Nico Hischier was recently Switzerland’s most outstanding player at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Pivoting the first line, the 5’11”, 163-pound forward often wowed the crowd with some spectacular goals and strong overall play in a very creative capacity. Having finished the tournament with three goals and six points for the seventh place Swiss entry, Hischier clearly displayed that he will be the most closely watched Swiss prospect over the next two winters. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Livio Stadler, Switzerland

by Chapin Landvogt
Livio Stadler - Team Switzerland - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: EV Zug defenseman Livio Stadler has competed internationally for Switzerland in previous years, including the U18 World Championship back in April (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The preliminary round for Team Switzerland at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was mostly one to forget. The Swiss dropped all three games, including a 9-2 loss to Canada on Wednesday to close out the opening round. The loss sends Switzerland into the seventh place game against Slovakia. Read more»

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

by Chapin Landvogt
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»

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