2015 Ivan Hlinka Preview: Canada looks to continue domination of season’s first draft prospect showcase

by Chapin Landvogt
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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 World Cup of Hockey: Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi hopes to bring winning ways to Team USA

by Ken McKenna
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Dean Lombardi - Los Angeles Kings - 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final

Photo: Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi has hoisted the Stanley Cup on two occasions, but is now hoping to build a USA team that can win the World Cup of Hockey for the first time in 20 years (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Fans of international hockey won’t have to wait for the 2018 Winter Olympics for the chance to see hockey talent from the top hockey-playing countries competing against one another as it was announced earlier in 2015 that, after a 12-year hiatus, the World Cup of Hockey would be returning in 2016. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft Review: White, Roslovic top NTDP draft selections

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Colin White - Ottawa Senators - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Ottawa Senators first round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, forward Colin White, will move on from the U.S. NTDP program to play for Boston College starting in the Fall (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Despite yet another gold medal at the U18 World Championship, this time around in Zug, Switzerland, the U.S. NTDP saw relatively few players taken at the 2015 NHL Draft. To a degree that can be accredited to having a number of key players on the team who will first be eligible for the 2016 draft, including no less than captain Luke Kunin, top scorer Auston Matthews, Matt Tkachuk, Clayton Keller, Chad Krys, and Jamie McAvoy. As many as three of these players are looking like surefire first round picks for next summer’s draft. Read more»

Devils’ prospects Santini, Wood look to motivate each other at Boston College

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Steve Santini - Boston College - 2015 Beanpot Tournament

Photo: Boston College defenseman and New Jersey Devils prospect Steve Santini will look to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2014-15 campaign when the Eagles begin their 2015-16 season in the Fall (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Steve Santini and Miles Wood have shared parallel paths on their way to the NHL.

They were both drafted in the 2013 NHL Draft by the host team, the New Jersey Devils. Santini was a skilled defenseman taken in the second round on his way to a prestigious college hockey program. Meanwhile, Wood was a relatively unknown forward selected in the fourth round who was still playing in prep school. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

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2016 NHL Draft: Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP; Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Auston Matthews and Sarnia Sting defenseman Jakob Chychrun are the top two North American prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft heading into the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and CHL Images)

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the next draft class from North America in 2016 features a deep group from the United States and the OHL. With Auston Matthews in the news lately due to his interest in playing abroad, that offers an opportunity to take a look at the top draft-eligible skaters from North America. Read more»

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