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

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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: Russia stumbles into quarterfinal match against Finland

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Mikhail Sergachev - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Team Russia defenseman Mikhail Sergachev is a top defensive prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft after a strong rookie season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Team Russia wrapped up its preliminary round schedule with a 5-1 loss to Sweden at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship. The hastily assembled team has had trouble developing into a cohesive unti to this point of the tournament with a tough quarterfinal matchup against Finland on the horizon. Read more»

Columbus Blue Jackets stockpile back end with NCAA and European talent

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Photo: 6'5 stay-at-homer Ryan Collins registered four assists and spent 35 minutes in the sin bin this season. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: 6’5 stay-at-homer Ryan Collins registered four assists and spent 35 minutes in the sin bin this season. (Courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)

Since Jarmo Kekäläinen took over the general manager duties for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the organization has shown a fondness for European prospects, particularly in the later rounds. The 2015 NHL Draft was a prime example of that when the Jackets went overseas for five of their nine draft picks, and given the success of some of those picks already it’s a trend that could be expected to continue. Read more»

Wide range of possibilities for Dallas Stars prospects playing European or college hockey

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Joseph Cecconi - Dallas Stars

Photo: the Michigan Wolverines will have to score and defend with a team mentality next season, and Dallas Stars prospect Joseph Cecconi will be an important part of the blueline (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

With the playoffs underway, the Dallas Stars have proven adept at acquiring top-shelf NHL talent under General Manager Jim Nill, who has now been at the helm for three years. Other avenues of procurement have yet to pay such immediate dividends, but the Stars have some good players in every major league – including college hockey and the European leagues. Although some of the players are off the radar for the casual fan – and perhaps even management – others put together some encouraging work in the 2015-16 season.

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McCarron and Fucale among many Montreal Canadiens prospects recalled in 2015-16

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Photo: Zachary Fucale sat on the bench for three games in Montreal this season, but failed to get between the pipes. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

Photo: Zachary Fucale sat on the bench in a backup role for three games in Montreal this season, but failed to take the ice. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens made 16 recalls from the St. John’s IceCaps in the second half. Their scoring woes, which started at the beginning of December after the loss of Carey Price, have given the team one of their worst slumps since the 2001-02 season with a record of 32–30–6. While the loss of their most valuable player has had a significant impact on their play, their goal drought has had its upsides, giving a few young prospects a chance to get a taste of the NHL experience. Read more»

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