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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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Posted On Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 12:30 PM

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

Hulking Vanier slips to Sharks

PHILADELPHIA -- At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, defenseman Alexis Vanier of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is one of the biggest players selected at the 2014 NHL Draft.

He's also fairly skilled; he had 15 goals and 21 assists in 61 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and earned good reviews for his physical play and big shot from the point.


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Posted On Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 11:39 AM

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

Demko aims to be starter for U.S. at World Juniors

PHILADELPHIA -- Thatcher Demko did more than just see the sights in Malmo, Sweden, during the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

As the third goaltender for the United States at last year's tournament, he did not dress for a game. Instead, he kept a close eye on what was happening around him. He hopes to put that learning experience to good use when he goes to Lake Placid, N.Y., for the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in August.

"I didn't play in any games, but I had a bird's-eye view from the tournament up there," Demko said. "You learn what the atmosphere is like and what to expect. I learned a lot from Jon Gillies, who was the starter there He's rubbing off some of his experiences on me and hopefully that can carry over this year."


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Quote of the Day

We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday