2020 NHL Draft: 15 Risers From Hlinka Gretzky Cup

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup always impacts my preseason rankings for the NHL draft. This year was no exception, with several prospects on the rise for 2020 thanks to their performances at that best-on-best showcase to start the draft year. Others improved their stock, even if they didn’t rise much in my rankings. That includes the […]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup: Canada Dethroned By Russia Thanks To Goaltender

Alexander Pashin kept his hot hand but Yaroslav Askarov was the real hero for Russia in dethroning Canada with a 3-2 victory in the gold-medal game of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Askarov was amazing in making 35 saves and Pashin scored twice — including what stood up as the winner — after previously netting a […]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup: Canada Shades Sweden in Semifinal Shootout

Cole Perfetti finally got his hat trick — as part of an incredible five-goal game, two in regulation and three more in the shootout — in lifting Canada to a 3-2 win over Sweden in the semifinals of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic. It was shades of Jonathan Toews from 2007 as […]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup: Canada Proves Too Powerful For Host Czechs

Canada stayed unbeaten — and nearly stayed unblemished — in downing the host Czech Republic 7-1 in Wednesday’s round-robin finale at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Quinton Byfield led Canada with his first two goals of the tournament, including what stood up as the winner. Cole Perfetti, with his tournament-leading fifth, Hendrix Lapierre, with his third, […]