(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Juuso Valimaki, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
Juuso Valimaki - Team Finland - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Juuso Valimaki played for Ilves’ U20 Junior A team in 2014-15, scoring five goals and 20 points in 44 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland got off to a fine start at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, defeating the U.S. by a 5-1 score. The Finns continued their winning ways on Day 2 of the tournament, defeating Slovakia by a 4-2 score. Read more»

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

by Chapin Landvogt
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 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

by David Hahn
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»

2015 NHL Draft Review: Provorov, DeBrusk head WHL first round class

by Glen Erickson
Ivan Provorov - Philadelphia Flyers - 2015 NHL Draft

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Ivan Provorov was the top pick for the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There was little drama at all when the proceedings began in Sunrise, Florida last weekend, as the Edmonton Oilers (Connor McDavid) and Buffalo Sabres (Jack Eichel) exercised the first two picks of the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more»

CHL Import Draft: Zacha prime example of Import drafting success, plus a review of 2015 draft

by David Hahn
Radovan Bondra - Team Slovakia - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: HC Kosice forward Radovan Bondra was a fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, and was also the eighth selection overall of the 2015 CHL Import Draft (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

For junior hockey enthusiasts, has there been a better month of hockey? The Stanley Cup was awarded to the Chicago Blackhawks, the 2015 NHL Draft lived up to expectations, free agency is looming and the 2015 CHL Import Draft capped off a busy month of June. Read more»

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