Liiga Report: February 2021

By |2021-02-26T09:39:00-05:00February 25th, 2021|Staff|

Photo courtesy of https://www.kaleva.fi/ Almost every professional hockey league has been forced to adapt this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Liiga is no exception. In December, the league was postponed for over two weeks, and since then all players have been required to wear ‘fishbowl’ visors to lower in-game transmission [...]

Prospect Ramblings: WJC Players to Remember

By |2021-01-05T01:56:10-05:00January 5th, 2021|Prospects Rambling|

It’s no secret that the World Junior Championships provide a poor representation of a player's development, and scouts (and fans) should do their best to keep judgments realistic and take what they see with a grain of salt. With that being said, it is still a tremendous opportunity to get a fresh and perhaps rare [...]

Prospect Deep Dive: Topi Niemelä

By |2020-03-08T13:18:26-04:00March 8th, 2020|Feature Story|

  Topi Niemelä is a 17-year-old right-handed shot defenseman who plays for Kärpät in the Finnish Liiga, the top men’s level in the country, and he is eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Here are the basic facts of him:   Name: Topi Niemelä Team: Kärpät (Liiga) Position: defenseman Date of Birth: March 25, [...]

Tournament Review: U18 Five Nations (February 2020)

By |2020-02-10T13:00:27-05:00February 10th, 2020|Feature Story|

Jake Sanderson, Stanislav Svozil, Emil Andrae, Marat Khusnutdinov and Roni Hirvonen were some of the stars of the U18 Five Nations tournament in Czech Republic.   Last week, under-18 teams from Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic and USA got together in Czech Republic to play a Five Nations tournament. European teams have these kind of [...]