August 7th, 2015 In International Hockey, News, Prospects 0 comments

The Zurich Lions announced on Friday that prospective number one overall draft pick in the 2016 draft, Auston Matthews, has decided to play his 18-year-old season in Switzerland. He has signed a one-year deal with the NLA club. There was a lot of debate about where the top prospect would wind up, but the opportunity to play for the Lions gives...

August 7th, 2015 In Nashville Predators, Predators Prospects, Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Nations participating at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship do not have to set their rosters until December, but teams are already evaluating players for the highly anticipated annual tournament. The Nashville Predators had three prospects at summer evaluation camps. Defenseman Alexandre Carrier of Canada and goaltender Karel Vejmelka of...

August 6th, 2015 In International Hockey, News, Top Stories 0 comments

USA Hockey announced Los Angeles Kings president and GM Dean Lombardi as the GM for Team USA at the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Thursday. USA Hockey took the opportunity to name the full management group for the squad, introducing Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren as the assistant general manager, Calgary Flames president of...

August 6th, 2015 In Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

A near-capacity crowd gathered on a stormy Wednesday afternoon in August for a pretty entertaining hockey game. But rather than the thrilling 3-2 shootout victory for the Russian junior team over the Canadian junior team, the big story of the night was a skirmish in the handshake line following the contest. The apparent trigger for the...

August 5th, 2015 In Kings Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Everybody has a nightmare scenario in their lives. A common one is going to work or school without pants on, or forgetting an important assignment or presentation at home. For young hockey players, one prominent nightmare involves going to the NHL's annual entry draft...and not being taken. That was almost the reality for Kingston...

August 5th, 2015 In International Hockey, NHL Entry Draft 0 comments

Hockey Canada has announced its roster for the 2015 edition of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The country's entry to the annual under-18 hockey showcase is heavy on two things: left-handed shots and Western Hockey League players. Here are the 22 players headed to Europe, courtesy of Hockey Canada's site: G Carter Hart - Everett...

August 4th, 2015 In International Hockey, News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

After three days of scrimmages, the U.S. National Evaluation Camp has announced cuts as they look to trim the roster in advance of the 2016 World Juniors Championship in Helsinki, Finland. With four days of camp remaining, the roster is down to 32 players. Up until this point the U.S. has played scrimmages as two separate teams -- Team White...

August 4th, 2015 In Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Mitch Marner is pretty good at ice hockey. The Hockey Canada brass has a lot of decisions to make and questions to answer in the months leading up to the World Junior Hockey Championship, but whether Marner can hack it against high-end talent is not up for debate. Marner was the star of the first exhibition game put on by Hockey Canada...

August 3rd, 2015 In Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, International Hockey 0 comments

Every single superstar in every single sport is stepping into his own unique situation when he gets drafted to his new team. Every sports franchise has their own unique dynamics with regards to personnel, coaching, management, fan expectations, and locations. Due to this, every potential franchise player is tasked with navigating his way through...

August 3rd, 2015 In International Hockey, News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp continued on Sunday with two more scrimmages as the US, Sweden and Finland prepare for the 2016 World Juniors Championships in Helsinki, Finland, which starts on December 26. In Sunday's scrimmages USA White took on Finland, bringing home a 5-2 win, while USA Blue played Sweden and lost 5-2. In the...

August 2nd, 2015 In Blue Jackets Prospects, Columbus Blue Jackets, International Hockey, News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

The US National Juniors Evaluation Camp is coming to an end on Monday, as the US takes a look at their top contenders for the 2016 World Juniors Championships. Starting on Saturday, the two US squads are running three scrimmages, taking on the other US team, Finland and Sweden. On Sunday, Team White took on Finland early in the afternoon,...

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