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Posted On Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 8:44 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

McCoshen among 15 cuts from U.S. junior camp

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Defenseman Ian McCoshen was one of 15 players released from the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp on Tuesday.

McCoshen, a Florida Panthers prospect, was released for what USA Hockey called precautionary reasons.

Also sent home were defensemen Michael Brodzinski (San Jose Sharks), Connor Clifton (Arizona Coyotes), Clint Lewis, Scott Savage and Thomas Vannelli (St. Louis Blues), and forwards Taylor Cammarata (New York Islanders), Ryan Hitchcock, Connor Hurley (Buffalo Sabres), Keegan Iverson (New York Rangers), Vinni Lettieri, Sean Malone (Buffalo Sabres), Ryan MacInnis (Arizona Coyotes), Michael McCarron (Montreal Canadiens) and Austin Poganski (St. Louis Blues).

"That's the toughest part of it," United States coach Mark Osiecki said. "There's a lot of good hockey players. Every kid here is a talented hockey player and they're going to be talented hockey players in the future. It's the unfortunate part of it right now, you're trying to trim it down a bit to look at other players. The players sent home, not by any means are they off and not an option. They'll definitely be looked at. They're tremendous hockey players."

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Posted On Monday, 08.04.2014 / 8:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Kapanen leads Finland to 4-3 win against USA White

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hannu Jortikka hasn't been the coach of Finland's national junior team for very long, but he's starting to learn who his key players are very quickly.

Chief among them is Kasperi Kapanen, the talented forward taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Kapanen scored to put Finland up 3-1 in the second period and the Finns defeated USA White 4-3 on Monday.

"He is a big prospect," Jortikka told NHL.com. "Everybody can see his speed and his skill."

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Posted On Monday, 08.04.2014 / 4:30 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Sweden's leaders step up in 6-2 defeat of USA Blue

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg said he challenged a few of his leaders to step up their play, and Jacob de la Rose, Robert Hagg and Lucas Wallmark played big roles in a 6-2 defeat of USA Blue on Monday.

De la Rose (Montreal Canadiens), the team captain, had two assists; Wallmark (Carolina Hurricanes), an alternate captain who joined de la Rose on the top line, had a goal and an assist. Hagg (Philadelphia Flyers), also an alternate captain, didn't have a point but displayed a hard, accurate shot at even strength and on the power play and controlled the pace of the game from his defense spot.

"They are the core of the team," Gronborg said. "I'll go out and say that pretty easily. I challenged them a little bit today. Wallmark was good in both games, the other two I challenged a little bit and they stepped up. I know they're character players so you know you can do that. They played excellent [Monday]. That shows a bit of the character of those players."

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Posted On Monday, 08.04.2014 / 4:10 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Projected lineups for USA White, Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The USA White team will look to get back in the win column when it faces Finland on Monday.

Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks) will start in goal for USA White and play about half the game, with Evan Cowley (Florida Panthers) playing the second half.

Also in the USA White lineup is Auston Matthews, the 16-year-old center who will start on a line between 2015 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Hitchcock and Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Blackhawks).

Kasperi Kapanen, taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 22nd pick of the 2014 draft, is on the top line for Finland.


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Posted On Monday, 08.04.2014 / 12:26 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Projected lineups for USA Blue, Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The USA Blue squad will go for its second straight win when it faces Sweden in the first of two games today at the Olympic Training Center.

Brendan Burke (Arizona Coyotes) and Brandon Halverson (New York Rangers) will split time in goal.

Top Montreal Canadiens prospect Jacob de la Rose will start on the top line, along with Lucas Wallmark (Carolina Hurricanes) and Victor Olofsson (Buffalo Sabres).

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Posted On Monday, 08.04.2014 / 11:36 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

U.S. players try to make impression prior to roster trim

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Monday marks the final chance for some of the 42 United States players in camp to make an impression on the USA Hockey coaching and management staff. After split-squad games against Sweden and Finland, the roster will be trimmed. How many players are sent home has yet to be determined.

"We've discussed it," United States coach Mark Osiecki told NHL.com before camp started. "There are going to be some trim-down dates. We're not firm on specific dates or specific numbers. It's an open door; see how it goes and we'll discuss it once we get into the camp."

The USA Blue team will play Sweden at 1 p.m., followed by USA White taking on Finland at 4 p.m. In games Sunday, USA Blue beat Finland 2-1 and USA White lost to Sweden 4-3.

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Posted On Monday, 08.04.2014 / 11:10 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Veteran coach Sullivan enjoying work with prospects

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Mike Sullivan has spent his entire 12-year coaching career working with professionals, including last season as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks.

But this week he's spending time as a guest coach for USA Hockey at its National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"It's exciting," Sullivan told NHL.com. "I love the opportunity to work with the younger kids and get to know them. They are the U.S.'s brightest prospects. To have the opportunity to get on the ice with them and spend three or four days with them is exciting for me. It's a fun three or four days on a lot of fronts. It's great to be able to get to know some of the other coaches from the U.S. and share experiences. I look at it as a great learning opportunity."

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Posted On Monday, 08.04.2014 / 10:26 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Blue Jackets' Milano sticking with Boston College

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano confirmed Monday he will attend Boston College in the fall.

Milano's Canadian Hockey League rights are owned by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, and there has been speculation he would pass on college hockey. However, Milano, the 16th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, said his commitment was set.

"A lot of people talk, I guess," Milano said. "I was on campus two weeks ago for orientation. I keep in touch with all the [hockey] staff."

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Posted On Thursday, 07.17.2014 / 5:50 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings assistant Stevens brings Cup to Jersey Shore

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- When Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens had his day with the Stanley Cup in 2012, he took it home to Ontario. Thursday, he brought it to his other home near the beaches of New Jersey, where he spent almost two decades as a player and coach in the Philadelphia Flyers organization

"I was here for 18 years," Stevens said. "My kids grew up here. We have a home in Sea Isle [City]. We won last time in 2012, we wanted to take it home to my family. It meant a lot to them to see it. I thought if we were ever fortunate enough to win it again we'd bring it here because the kids grew up here. So many friends here that we've known for so many years, we'd love the opportunity to share it with them. That's what we're doing. It means a lot."

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Posted On Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 4:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Flyers' Holmgren proud of team, fans at draft

PHILADELPHIA -- With two days and seven rounds in the book, Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren was all smiles after his organization hosted the NHL Draft for the first time.

"Obviously the League does a lot of the stuff too, but our staff working behind the scenes did a tremendous job," Holmgren said. "I was really proud of our organization [Friday] and again [Saturday]. We had a good turnout again [Saturday], what's normally a light day, the second day. But [Friday] was incredible."


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