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»

2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game: Team East rides big first period to 7-4 win

by Tom Schreier

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson - Team West; Kevin Conley - Team East - 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Photo: The two team MVPs of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (L) of Team West and Kevin Conley (R) of Team East, display their awards following Team East’s 7-4 win in Dubuque, IA (courtesy of the USHL)

There was a packed house at the Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. As each person attending the game entered the arena, they passed two massive posters of Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. Both are playing in the NHL — Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres, Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames — after a previous stop with the Fighting Saints. Read more»

2015 WJC Review: Penalties doom Team USA yet again

by DJ Powers

Sonny Milano - Team USA

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano was one of the more effective forwards offensively for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

For Team USA, it was almost like 2014 all over again.

After a strong start to the 2015 World Junior Championship, the United States saw their medal hopes dashed with another disappointing fifth place finish. As in last year’s tournament, penalties proved costly to the Americans, and once again it came at the hands of Russia in the quarterfinals. Read more»

2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Preview: Three highly rated NHL Draft prospects competing in Dubuque

by Tom Schreier

Kyle Connor - Team USA

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor is one of the top prospect for this year’s NHL Draft taking part in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


There’s a large sign at the entrance of the Holiday Inn in Dubuque, host city of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, that lists the number of NHL Draft picks that have come out of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in recent years. In 2010, 22 players were selected. Last year it was 35, plus 16 alums that were drafted out of NCAA hockey. This year, 54 USHL players, plus six alums, are listed on NHL Central Scouting’s “Watch List” and have the potential to be selected this year. Read more»

HF Prospect of the Month, December, 2014: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy impresses in first NHL action

by Chris Roberts

Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is in his first pro season in North America after being chosen 19th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

With the NHL’s top prospects missing league time for the 2015 World Junior Championship, December is often a tough month to compare and contrast performances; with several high-profile picks not playing junior, lesser known prospects are able to shine. Christian Dvorak (ARZ) had 26 points in 10 games in the month of December, an OHL best, while undrafted WHL player Trevor Cox recorded 28 points in the month. Read more»

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