The Top Five most unconventional developing hockey nations

by Craig Fischer

Nathan Walker - Washington Capitals

Photo: Hershey Bears forward and Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker (#79) is the first NHL-drafted player from the country of Australia (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)


Hockey is predominantly popular in the colder, northern climates of the world. However, the fastest game on earth knows no bounds. It’s not just played by the kids in Toronto, Minneapolis, or Stockholm anymore–hockey players are coming from all over. Read more»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

by Craig Fischer

Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

by Ken McKenna

Connor McDavid - Team Canada; Brandon Carlo - Team USA

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Finland heads to rematch with Sweden after win over Germany

by Ken McKenna

Kevin Reich - Team Germany; Artturi Lehkonen - Team Finland

Photo: Team Germany goaltender Kevin Reich and Team Finland forward Artturi Lehkonen battle for the puck in the New Year’s matchup at the Bell Centre won by Finland, 2-0 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The preliminary round at the 2015 World Junior Championship is now completed following a slate of games that took place on New Year’s Eve. One of those games involved Finland and Germany, with the Finns moving on to the quarterfinals after a 2-0 blanking of the Germans. Germany moves on to the relegation round against Switzerland. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Malgin leads promising group of Swiss prospects

by Rafik Soliman

Denis Malgin - Team Switzerland

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2015 prospect Denis Malgin has posted three assists in three assists in four games so far at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)


For the past couple of years, Switzerland‘s NHL Draft class of ’97 was called one of their most talented and deepest in years. Indeed, it might be one of the best in Swiss hockey history, with this class having the potential to surpass the previous record back in 2000 of six drafted players. Read more»

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