December 25th, 2015 In Nashville Predators, News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev has been named the captain of Team Russia for the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, the Russian team announced on Friday. Kamenev will be captaining a Russian squad for the second time in his young career. The 19-year-old also wore the "C" at the U-18 tournament in 2014. It's...

December 25th, 2015 In Editor's Choice, International Hockey, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Your cheat sheet for NHL prospects in the 2016 World Junior Championships. With a few notes and links. Anaheim Ducks Jacob Larsson, Team Sweden Julius Nattinen, Team Finland Marcus Pettersson, Team Sweden Arizona Coyotes Christian Dvorak, Team USA Erik Kallgren, Team Sweden Anton Karlsson, Team Sweden Jens Looke, Team...

December 25th, 2015 In Blue Jackets Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Not much has gone right for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. Last place was the last thing anyone within the organization thought would happen by Christmas. Although things on the big club haven't gone according to plan, there is something going on that is a real bright spot for the Blue Jackets. They are well represented at this year's...

December 24th, 2015 In Canucks Prospects, Vancouver Canucks, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Nothing says it's the most wonderful time of the year like the World Junior Hockey Championships (right?). With the tournament beginning on Boxing Day in Helsinki, Finland, Vancouver will have prospects representing two countries. Abbotsford, B.C. native Jake Virtanen headlines the Canadian team at this years World Juniors, and the first round...

December 24th, 2015 In World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

A tough 2015 World Championship tournament came to an even more brutal ending when Russia defeated USA 3-2 in the quarterfinal. Rival Russia ended a disappointing American tournament for a team featuring standouts Jack Eichel and Dylan Larkin. Although both Larkin and Eichel nowadays play in the NHL and won’t be available for Ron Wilson, I do...

December 23rd, 2015 In Commentary, Previews and Predictions, Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

The World Junior Championship is a staple of the holiday season for those of us residing in Canada. There are so many memories wrapped up in epic games over the years that people will never forget.  They include Matt Halischuk stepping up in the extra frame to give Canada an overtime victory against Sweden in 2008. How about Jonathan Toews and...

December 23rd, 2015 In International Hockey, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Team Belarus gained the right to play at the 2016 WJC winning the Division I tournament last year in Italy. The team will have to fight hard to avoid relegation, but with the right approach and some luck, it's not a mission impossible. Last year's team featured some good players, like former Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward Dmitri Ambrozheichik, but...

December 23rd, 2015 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

USA Hockey has announced their final World Junior roster just days ahead of the Boxing Day start of the 2016 World Junior Championship. As things have gone so far with the U.S. selection process, there was a bit of a surprise in the process. The World Junior Roster Goaltenders Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (New York...

December 23rd, 2015 In Flyers Prospects, Philadelphia Flyers, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

With the Flyers recent dedication to drafting and developing prospects, there has been an increased interest from fans in the World Junior Championship tournament. Last year, the Flyers saw prospects Samuel Morin, Oskar Lindblom, and Robert Hagg in the tournament, while future prospects like Ivan Provorov and David Kase took part. This year, the...

December 22nd, 2015 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

USA Hockey has named the Team USA captain for the 2016 World Junior Championship and it will be Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski of the University of Michigan. Serving as alternate captains will be Minnesota Wild prospect Louie Belpedio, ZSC Lions forward and 2016 draft eligible Auston Matthews and Ottawa Senators prospect Colin...

December 22nd, 2015 In World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Last year’s World Junior Championship was one to forget for Finland. They had only one win in the entire tournament as they lost against the Slovaks and later in the quarterfinal against Sweden to exit the tournament without a medal. They have struggled to score goals, tallied only five in four group stage games. For their home tournament this...

December 21st, 2015 In Commentary, Editor's Choice, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

It's that time of the year. Yes, the holiday season, but in some minds more importantly, the return of the World Junior Hockey Championship, one of the most popular, if not most stressful times of the hockey season for participating countries and their fans. With pre-competition play under way, these few games for each Country will...

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