Anders Bjork – C, USA

6’0, 187 lbs

University of Notre Dame (NCAA): 5 g, 11 a, 16 pts in 17 games


“Bjork was drafted 146th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2015, after being passed over in his original draft year (2014). As a late birthdate, Bjork received an age boost in the Hockey Prophets and was ranked 67th on the 2014 draft ranks. He is a smart player and a good skater, and his scoring has improved to nearly a point-per-game production rate this year.”  – Brian Fogarty

“Plays a quiet game with few holes. Good vision and on-ice awareness, and an honest, three-zone game.  He is a player that does everything well, while not being truly exceptional. There are truly no holes in his game, only time is needed for development of an impressive collection of skills.” – Zakk DeVine 

Brandon Fortunato – D, USA

5’10, 150 lbs

Boston University (NCAA): 4 g, 11 a, 15 pts in 17 games

“Currently third overall among NCAA defensemen in scoring, Fortunato brings a good bit of offensive skill to Team USA’s back end. Another undrafted player, Fortunato’s size has always been an obstacle for him. But at the WJCs, Fortunato may be able to put up a good showing and garner some additional interest.” – Brian Fogarty

“A featherweight that punches above his weight class, Fortuanto's slight build has been a knock on him during his amateur career. He does not shy away from contact, however, and will take a hit to make a play. His above-average skating and stick handling are his best defense against bigger and heavier players, who rarely are able to lay a decent hit on the shifty defenseman. More of a distributor from the back than an offensive force, crisp and smart passes are the hallmark of his game.” – Zakk DeVine

Auguste Impose – F, SUI

5’10, 187 lbs

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL): 9 g, 8 a, 17 pts in 25 games

"Impose came to North America this year after having played junior hockey in his native Switzerland last year, his draft year. He was ranked 79th overall by the Hockey Prophets for last summer’s draft, and his calculated A/P score of -1.08 marked him as a proper prospect. He currently ranks 164th overall on the Top Prospects list." --Brian Fogarty

Maxim Lazarev  - F,  RUS

5’10, 170 lbs

Cape Breton (QMJHL): 18 g, 24 a, 42 pts in 30 games

"Lazarev has been passed over a couple of times in the NHL draft, but not because he has offensive limitations. The Hockey Prophets’ draft ranking for 2014 placed Lazarev at 199th overall. Since then, the smallish Russian forward has continued to improve and develop his overall play. A good tournament in Finland could turn a lot of heads." --Brian Fogarty

Linus Soderstrom – G, SWE

6’ 5,  196 lbs

HC Vita Hasten (Allsvensken): .927 saves percentage, 1.90 goals against average in 12 games

“Standing 6’ 5, Soderstrom has the size general managers covet. Soderstrom comes in with a good chance to start for Team Sweden having played seven games for the Swedish U20 team at the 2015 WJC, posting a respectable 2.31 GAA and .917 save percentage. Soderstrom plays big in the net, staying tall in the butterfly and tracking the puck well. He is less acrobatic than calculating, plays angles well, but could challenge the shooter more at times and use his big frame to cut down the angles.” –Zakk DeVine

Tomas Soustal – C, CZE

6’3, 198 lbs

Kelowna Rockets (WHL): 10 g, 12 a, 22 pts in 27 games

"Soustal is a big Center who has been progressing well offensively since coming to North America for his draft year in 2015. Another undrafted European, Soustal brings a powerful two-way game to the ice, and could prove to be a late-blooming power forward." --Brian Fogarty

Veini Vehilainen – G, FIN

6’ 1, 172 lbs

JYP (SM-Liiga): .938 saves percentage, 1.79 goals against average in 15 games

"Passed over in 2015 draft, for reasons unknown: had a solid season in the Mestis League and was selected to the U18 Squad. In the U18 IIHF tournament, led the Finns with a 1.65 GAA and .949 save percentage over 7 games. He turned in a 60-save performance against Team USA to singlehandedly deliver a silver medal to the Finns. Vehvilainen battles for the save, does not give up in a scramble and uses above-average reflexes and athleticism for the save. Possessing slightly below average size at 6’1, he shows quick pads, but choppy lateral movements. Solid with the trapper, but overall rebound control needs work, which is not out of place for a goaltender of this age.” –Zakk DeVine


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