Finland is looking to return to their previous glory of 2016 with the announcement of the players who are invited to their selection camp ahead of the 2018 IIHF World Juniors. There are few returnees, but the players selected have deep resumes on the international stage. Forwards who the Finnish brass hope can help the team return to the medal round include Aleksi Heponiemi (69 points in 28 games with Swift Current), Janne Kuokkanen (who’s played in the NHL this season with Carolina) and Eeli Tolvanen (lighting up the KHL as an 18-year-old). Finland has a strong defense this year, but the forward group looks very scary this year.
We are all excited about the annual holiday premier hockey tournament, so much so that the announcement for the list of players invited to the selection camp to decide who will play in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship that will take place in Buffalo, New York starting on December 26th. Finland is a team who won gold at the 2016 tournament but fell all the way to the Relegation round a year later thanks to a disastrous round robin.
Today, we look at the goaltenders and defensemen who were named to the selection camp. It’s a very strong group on the backend, with all 9 defensemen picked in the first 4 rounds of the NHL draft while also having large resumes of international play with Finland’s youth teams. This Finland team will be closer to the 2016 Gold winning club than the team that almost lost to Latvia in the Relegation round.
Are you still not over the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals? Then this game is for you! A huge rematch between the team with a “mentally fragile” Jordan Eberle and the “award the Calder to” Mathew Barzal versus the “he might be starting but that could change” Anders Nilsson and “I don’t score but that’s okay” Brendan Gaunce. The Canucks are currently 2-1-1 on this Eastern road trip and going into Brooklyn against an Islanders team who has won 3 straight and 7 of their last 10. Surely, this is a Canucks win, no?
The Vancouver Canucks begin their 6 game road trip in Pennsylvania, where they play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Today we focus on the Flyers and the history they have with the Canucks.
The St. Louis Blues visit Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks on Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday night, and instead of previewing it, we are going to look back at two nights in history: The first time these teams played, (October 12th, 1970) and the last time (March 23rd, 2017).
The NHL Draft eligible players coming out of the Western Hockey League for 2018 is rather scarce. There are four defensemen who could be called upon in the first 62 picks, but after that, it is anybody’s guess. However, the group of players who were passed on in the 2017 NHL Draft is a strong one and there is a good chance that a few of 19-year-olds will be picked in June. Let’s take a look at the Draft +1 players with the best chance of being taken this year.
The 2018 NHL Draft is nearly 7 months away but it is never too early to take a look at who may be the top players taken when the 31 teams converge in Dallas, Texas next June. Today, we take a look at the top players available from the Western Hockey League.