Prospect Impressions: Saves of the season featuring Condon, Nedeljkovic, Vasilevskiy, and more

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Alex Nedeljkovic - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs goaltender and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic turned in a strong season in the OHL once he was moved from the troubled Flint Firebirds club to Niagara (courtesy of CHL Images)

In this special edition of Prospect Impressions, we kick off the first of our “Best of the Year” series with some of the best saves of the season. Goaltenders were featured heavily throughout the season, with a number of fine saves making their way into our highlight articles in 2015-16. There were a number of special efforts, including one goalie who made a save on his stomach, another who stymied a 2-on-0 breakaway, and a few glove saves that should be investigated for robbery. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland drops quarterfinal match but remains in top division

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Marco Miranda - Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and 2016 prospect Marco Miranda played for the GC Küsnacht Lions of the NLB in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals and 15 points in 36 games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship came to an end in the quarterfinals for Team Switzerland after they dropped a 9-1 decision to Canada. While the quarterfinal outcome wasn’t pretty, the Swiss live to fight another day at the top level of the U18 tournament as they maintain class for next year’s event that will take place in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland to face Canada in quarterfinals after loss to USA

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Nico Hischier - Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland forward and 2017 prospect Nico Hischier saw his first National League A action with SC Bern this season, posting a goal in 15 games in the top Swiss league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

The main goal for Team Switzerland heading into the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship was to gain a berth in the quarterfinals. That mission was accomplished by virtue of points earned in an overtime win and overtime loss, so now the goal is to earn a berth in the medal round, a tall order given that their quarterfinal opponent will be Canada. Read more»

(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: Switzerland overcome by Sweden’s impressive offensive display

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Livio Stadler - Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Switzerland defenseman and 2016 prospect Livio Stadler saw his first National League A action for EV Zug this season, picking up an assist in 13 games in Switzerland’s top league (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

In what started off as a fairly tightly-played contest, Team Switzerland watched Sweden pull away in the final two periods to take an 8-1 win from the Swiss on Day 5 of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. Read more»

2016 U18 World Championship Preview: Switzerland looking to do more than simply avoid relegation

by Rafik Soliman
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Team Switzerland - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team Switzerland competed in the medal round of the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship in front of their home crowd, and will look to make a return at this year’s event in Grand Forks, ND.

At last year’s IIHF U18 World Championship, Switzerland finished the tournament supported by a partisan home crowd in Zug, ultimately placing fourth. It was the second time the Swiss finished a championship at home in the top-4 of the world. The core of that group, who snuck into the medal round with a last minute overtime win against Latvia, was built around the 97-class, which was one of the strongest and deepest Switzerland has ever produced. Read more»

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