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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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Posted On Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 5:32 PM

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

Virtanen's first priority: Get healthy

PHILADELPHIA -- The focus for most of the top prospects who took part in a media availability session at the National Constitutional Center on Thursday was what they could do to make the NHL next season. For Calgary Hitmen left wing Jake Virtanen, the goal is a bit different: He's focused on getting healthy enough to return to the lineup as soon as possible.

Virtanen had surgery on his left shoulder in May to repair a torn labrum. The initial diagnosis was a recovery time of four to six months, and he told NHL.com he's targeting a mid-October return.

Virtanen, No. 6 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the draft, played through the shoulder injury for the second half of the season and had 45 goals and 71 points in 71 Western Hockey League games, as well as six points in seven games for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.


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Posted On Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 5:13 PM

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

Draisaitl briefly shifts focus from hockey to soccer

PHILADELPHIA -- While his attention has been focused on the final things he has to do to get ready for the start of the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS), Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl had his focus tuned to another sport.

The native of Cologne, Germany, tried to watch as much as he could of the World Cup match Thursday between Germany and the United States. Germany won 1-0 but both teams advanced to the round of 16.


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Posted On Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 5:03 PM

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

Top Euros eye NHL next season or will play at home

PHILADELPHIA -- It appears it will be the NHL or Europe next season for NHL Central Scouting's top two European skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.

Kasperi Kapanen of KalPa in Finland and William Nylander of Sodertalje in Sweden's second division both said they would like to play in the NHL in 2014-15. If not, they would rather play against more developed opponents in their home countries rather than play junior hockey in the Canadian Hockey League.

Nylander, Central Scouting's No. 2-ranked European player, played with three teams this season, including Rogle in Sweden's second division, where his teammate was his father, former NHL player Michael Nylander. He also played for Modo in the Swedish Hockey League, but had his most success with second-division team Sodertalje, totaling 11 goals and eight assists in 17 games. He is eligible for the 2014 CHL Import Draft next month, but said junior hockey isn't a consideration.

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— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky after scoring his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals against his childhood idol Henrik Lundqvist