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

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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

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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

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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»

2016 NHL Draft: Big Finns Puljujarvi, Laine amongst top 2016 European prospects

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Jesse Puljujarvi - Finland; Dmitri Sokolov - Russia - 2016 NHL Draft

Photo: Karpat forward Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Omsk forward Dmitri Sokolov (R) are among the top forwards out of Europe for the 2016 NHL Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Draft has come and gone. While most NHL teams and their fans are still pondering the possibilities of their new assets heading into the future, the next draft class from Europe is preparing itself for a big 2015-16 season, which at the moment has a number of extremely fascinating talents that scouts are very excited to see starting next month at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. While some of these players may eventually wind up in North America as soon as this winter, fans may just see U.S. wunderkind Auston Matthews in a pro European jersey this winter, as well. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Sunrise

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Dylan Strom, Connor McDavid, and Jack Eichel - 2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Photo: The Arizona Coyotes’ Dylan Strome (L), Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (C), and Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel were the top three picks of the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most anticipated NHL Draft in the past decade is now in the books. The 2015 draft class of 211 players, led by top talents Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have found new homes in the NHL and will begin their journey to a pro career beginning with the coming summer development camps put on by the 30 NHL clubs. Read more»

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