2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Canada, USA look strong in weekend action

by Ken McKenna
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Madison Bowey - Team Canada

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey has been one of many bright spots for Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

Team Canada and Team USA both began the 2015 World Junior Championship in fine fashion, albeit slightly more so for the host Canadians. Both teams won their first two games and find themselves ranked 1-2 as they head into their New Year’s Eve showdown. Read more»

2015 WJC Preview: Talented USA squad should be in the running for gold

by DJ Powers
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Jack Eichel - Team USA

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel will lead a strong Team USA forward group at the 2015 U20 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

23 players will represent the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) that begins on Dec. 26th in Montreal and Toronto. Team USA‘s strengths this year will include a deep and talented group of defenders to go along with potentially one of the most talented groups of forwards that the U.S. has iced at this tournament. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Eichel the best of a good NCAA crop

by DJ Powers
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Jack Eichel - Boston University

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel leads the nation in scoring but will step away from NCAA action to take part in the 2015 World Junior Championship with Team USA (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

2015 is shaping up to be the best draft year for the NCAA in nearly a decade. Among the current crop of collegians are three potential first round picks. Hockey Future takes a closer look at five of the NCAA’s top draft-eligible players (all freshmen), representing two of the six conferences. Hockey East has three players and the Big Ten has two. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 18th. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: NTDP’s Matthews has the skills and drive to become the next great American star

by Chau Vo
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Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews is expected to be a part of the USA’s entry at the 2015 World Junior Championship that begins on 12/26 (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

One look at Auston Matthews and it is easy to see why he is ranked at the top of the 2016 NHL Draft class. Not only are his stats from the United States National Team Development Program (U.S. NTDP) eye-popping, but at just 17 years of age, he is already 6’2” and 195 pounds. The combination of size and skills make him a can’t-miss prospect. He is regarded as one of the best offensive players to have played for the U.S. NTDP. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: NTDP’s Matthews tops the ISS Hockey December rankings

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Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP U-18

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews was a two-time gold medalist with Team USA in the 2013-14 season, playing for both the U17 and U18 national teams (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

The 2016 NHL Draft is still more than a year-and-a-half away, but that doesn’t mean that players eligible for that draft aren’t being observed by scouts. ISS Hockey is one of those scouting groups taking the measure of late ’97 and ’98-born players eligible for that draft, with that organization releasing their December ranking of the top 10 prospects for the 2016 draft. Read more»

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