HF Podcast: Kelowna Rockets bolster lineup for run to WHL championship

by Glen Erickson

Leon Draisaitl - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl spent the first three months of the 2014-15 season with the Oilers before returning to the WHL (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The 2015 WHL trade deadline has come and gone, leaving a trio of teams as contenders for the WHL championship and a shot at the Memorial Cup. One of those teams, the Kelowna Rockets, have added to a club that already was among the best in the league as they acquired a couple of high-profile players for their lineup. Read more»

Beyond Tomorrow: Fabbro weighing options in deciding to play NCAA or WHL hockey

by Chau Vo

Dante Fabbro - Penticton Vees

Photo: Penticton Vees defenseman and 2016 prospect Dante Fabbro was chosen eighth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds (courtesy of Cherie Morgan Photography)

One of the biggest draws of playing in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) is the ability to retain NCAA eligibility while still developing in one of the world’s top junior leagues. The 16-team league is based in Canada’s westernmost province with all of the teams relatively close to the US/Canada border, with the exception of Prince George. 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»

The Top Five surprise prospects at the 2015 World Junior Championship

by Craig Fischer

Denis Godla - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship hockey

Photo: Team Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla played a major role in helping his country win bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and was named the tournament’s best goaltender for his efforts (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

You only had to look at the shaking young kids who stood at their blueline as they listened to their anthem being played to see that the World Junior Championship is one of, if not the biggest stages on earth for a young, developing hockey prospect. The whole hockey world was watching. Read more»

2015 WJC Podcast: Selection of an All-Tournament team

by Ken McKenna

Connor McDavid - Team Canada; Brandon Carlo - Team USA

Photo: Team Canada forward Connor McDavid (L) and Team USA defenseman Brandon Carlo (R) were two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft who performed well at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The players have dispersed to their club teams and the NHL arenas have reverted back to their rightful occupants, but we are taking one last look back at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Canada won gold at this tournament, Russia the silver medal, and Slovakia took home the bronze to become the feel-good story of the tournament. Read more»

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