2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Latvia among candidates for relegation round

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Team Latvia - World Championship

Photo: Team Latvia will bring another group of hard-working players to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, but will be challenged to avoid the relegation round (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

After a promotion following their first-place showing at last year’s U18 World Championship Divsion I Group A tournament held in Nice, France, Team Latvia will fight for survival in Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to avoid relegation back to that lower level. Read more»

Skilled Toronto Maple Leafs prospects are developing according to plan

by Ed Dermit
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Frederik Gauthier - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Frederik Gauthier will attempt to lead the Rimouski Oceanic all the way to the Memorial Cup this spring. (Courtesy of Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

At the dawn of the 2014-15 season, the Leafs featured a number of skilled forward prospects who were looking to either build on past success or transition to the next level of hockey. While most of this group consists of players small in stature, there were no major setbacks among their elite offensive forwards as they made successful transitions to the minor pro ranks or improved statistically over their previous season. Read more»

On the Rush – April 2015

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Photo: Andrew Agozzino scored 58 points in 71 games during his first season as an alternate captain with the Lake Erie Monsters. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Andrew Agozzino scored 58 points in 71 games during his first season as an alternate captain with the Lake Erie Monsters. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The 2014-15 regular season has come to a close. For our final month of On the Rush, we have a mixture of both season-long leaders and trailers, as well as a few players who either slumped or stood up during a crucial time—the final stretch. With the playoffs wrapping up for most leagues around the world and the NHL playoffs getting ready to kick into gear, take a look at this month’s group. Read more»

Edmonton Oilers see glimmers of hope in European and NCAA prospect pools

by Kady Hobbins
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Tyler Vesel - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Tyler Vesel was one of several freshmen for Nebraska-Omaha that helped the team to its first-ever Frozen Four appearance (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Edmonton Oilers currently have an interesting mix of collegiate and European prospects in their development pipeline, ranging from college superstars like defenseman Joey LaLeggia to a pair of fringe players across the pond that appear to be one foot out of the door in Antti Tyrvainen and Daniil Zharkov. Other prospects of note include John McCarron, who is wrapping up his four years at Cornell University, as well as Tyler Vesel, who made a splash in his freshman season with University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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Prospect Impressions: Gaffe costs BU, McDavid McDazzles, more prospect highlights

by David Hahn
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forward and 2015 prospect Connor McDavid picked up 14 points in his team’s 4-game sweep of the London Knights in the 2015 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In this week’s feature, one unfortunate play does not define a player who has been defying expectations his entire career. A future first-overall prospect does it again, while other top draft-eligible prospects produce highlight reel plays. Other top prospects from around the globe notch game-winners, first professional goals, and one goaltender has the hearts of a city thanks to an improbable run to the playoffs. What more could you ask for from this week’s Prospect Impressions? Read more»

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