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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 3:21 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Johnson and Mullen excited to return to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- The game hasn't even started, but the gamesmanship between coaches Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen began in earnest Tuesday during a media conference call prior to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Thursday here at Consol Energy Center.

The two U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees and former Pittsburgh Penguins are excited and looking forward to the opportunity to coach 39 of the top 2014 NHL Draft-eligible American-born players.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 2:54 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Shero not surprised by NHL's youth movement

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero isn't surprised by the smooth transition that many young players have made to the National Hockey League in recent years.

He's looking forward to witnessing the next elite group of American-born players on Thursday during the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Consol Energy Center.

"The training is so much different at a young age and players are more physically prepared to play at a young age in the NHL," Shero said. "It could be a byproduct of the CBA and the entry-level contract that gives young players more of an opportunity. These players are very serious about their off-ice training. The League has been very fortunate to have these players come in and play, and they are very exciting to watch."


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 2:52 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Pavelek replaces Poganski at AAPG

PITTSBURGH -- Forward Dylan Pavelek of the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team was added Wednesday to the roster for Team Mullen for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game, which will be played Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

He replaces Austin Poganski of the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League, who pulled out of the game due to an injury.

In addition to Poganski, forward Greg Betzold of the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League also will miss the game due to injury. According to USA Hockey, no replacement will be named for Betzold.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 2:13 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Wagner, Billitier to skate in AAPG

USA Hockey on Tuesday announced two additional injury replacements for the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Thursday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Both replacements will play for the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team this season. Forward Ryan Wagner will replace Connor Chatham on Team Joe Mullen, while defenseman Nathan Billitier replaces Johnathan MacLeod on Team Mark Johnson.

Wagner had 12 goals and 11 assists with the Chicago Mission under-16 team last season, and had one goal in five games to help the United States win the silver medal in August at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. The 5-foot-8, 168-pound center is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2015-16 season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 09.23.2013 / 2:06 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Top U.S. talent set for All-American Prospects Game

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The puck drops for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen, both former members of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, will each coach a team. The game will feature two players from Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's Tony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting, OHL) on defense and Wind Gap native Ed Minney (USNTDP, USHL) in goal. Both players, each considered "B" prospects on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list, will star for Team Mullen.

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.13.2013 / 12:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Lamoriello: No timetable on Jagr rejoining Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr is dealing with lower-body soreness and will not rejoin the team until he is 100 percent, general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters at AmeriHealth Pavilion on Friday.

"There's no timetable," Lamoriello told the (Newark) Star-Ledger. "But we're not concerned."

Jagr did not participate in Friday's scrimmage during the second day of training camp. Lamoriello said the 41-year-old will continue to skate lightly on his own until he feels good enough to rejoin the team for contact. According to The (Bergen) Record, Lamoriello acknowledged there is no indication from the player or team trainers that the soreness will sideline him very long.

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.13.2013 / 10:10 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Jagr reportedly to sit out Devils' scrimmage

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr reportedly will sit out Friday's scheduled controlled scrimmage on the second day of training camp at the AmeriHealth Pavilion.

Jagr left the ice on the first day of on-ice activity Thursday with soreness. At the time, coach Peter DeBoer didn't seem worried.

"I'm not overly concerned about it, but because time is definitely on our side we'll err on the side of caution," DeBoer said Thursday.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 4:28 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Salvador excited by Devils' acquisition of Schneider

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador is looking forward to the start of the season after one of the more interesting offseasons in his six seasons with the team.

"I think it was a very interesting offseason for our organization," Salvador told NHL.com. "A lot of things happened. Now it's time to put last season behind you and look forward. We got great acquisitions to fill some of the holes, and I think we're ready to surprise some people."

One acquisition that certainly had Salvador grinning ear-to-ear was that of goaltender Cory Schneider.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 3:32 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Devils' Zajac focused on improving his game

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac would like to put last season in the rear-view mirror.

During the opening day of on-ice activity at the team's training camp at AmeriHealth Pavilion on Thursday, the 28-year-old had no choice as coach Peter DeBoer had him alongside two of the finest Czech players to ever lace on the blades in the NHL -- Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias.

"They certainly are creative," Zajac said. "I think when you're playing with those guys, it's about controlling the puck. They're going to make plays and get into the open, so as a center you have to find holes and create some space for them with your speed because they'll find those plays that not too many players can make."


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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 3:20 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Soreness causes Jagr to leave Devils practice

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer will "err on the side of caution" with right wing Jaromir Jagr, who left the ice early in the second session during the opening day of training camp Thursday with general soreness.

"I'm not overly concerned about it, but because time is definitely on our side we'll err on the side of caution," DeBoer said following the on-ice activity at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

Jagr was not available to speak to the media after leaving during the early stages of his session. He was skating on a line with center Travis Zajac and left wing Patrik Elias.

"I think there are different types of soreness; it's a different level when you step out onto the ice and it's not the first time I've dealt with guys who had aches and pains on the first day," DeBoer said. "It's a long summer and especially with the older guys. It sometimes takes a little longer for the body to get used to things that quickly."

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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1