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Posted On Monday, 12.16.2013 / 2:35 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

Erne discusses WJC opportunity, incident with Drouin

MINNEAPOLIS -- There could come a time in the future of forward Adam Erne where he finds himself trading passes with Jonathan Drouin as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Both were chosen by Tampa Bay at the 2013 NHL Draft -- Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads was selected in the first round (No. 3) and Erne of the Quebec Remparts in the second (No. 33). They also were roommates in Tampa Bay during development camp prior to the season.

Until that time arrives, however, they play for different teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and likely will oppose each other at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden.

Erne is taking part in the United States National Junior Team selection camp this week on the campus of the University of Minnesota while Drouin is at Canada's selection camp.

Drouin's participation at the WJC is dependent on his health as he is still recovering from a concussion he sustained after taking a hit from Erne while in a vulnerable position along the boards in the first period of a regular-season game earlier this month.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.15.2013 / 9:32 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

U.S. fondly remembers Tim Taylor

MINNEAPOLIS -- The players and coaches participating in the United States National Junior Team selection camp at Mariucci Arena are certainly doing so with heavy hearts this week on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

That's because for the first time in six years, the late Tim Taylor will not play a part of the selection process as the U.S. director of player personnel. Taylor, who succumbed to cancer in April, was an integral part of the country earning medals in three of the past four tournaments, including gold in 2010 in Saskatchewan and 2013 in Russia.

"The one thing we are going to miss this year is the presence and knowledge that Tim Taylor provided us," 2014 U.S. National Junior Team coach Don Lucia told NHL.com. "I was in Lake Placid on two different occasions [during U.S. orientation camp], and the one thing Tim had was an encyclopedic knowledge of every player. He had the book on every guy."


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Posted On Friday, 12.13.2013 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - USA Selection Camp Blog

Veterans prepared to lead at USA selection camp

When the United States National Junior Team selection camp opens on Sunday at the University of Minnesota, goalie Jon Gillies and forwards Riley Barber and Ryan Hartman realize the real work is just beginning.

All three players are returning to camp after playing a part in the gold medal-winning effort at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Hartman, selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (No. 30) of the 2013 NHL Draft, had two goals, three points and a plus-4 rating in seven games as a checking-line forward at last season's tournament. He has 10 goals and 23 points in 22 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers in 2013-14.

"I'm extremely thrilled to be back," Hartman told NHL.com. "Whenever you are given an opportunity to represent your country, it's always an honor. It's something you really have to take advantage of."


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Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 7:10 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Zidlicky scratched with upper-body injury

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky will be sidelined with an upper-body injury on Saturday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The announcement was made by the Devils during pre-game warmups.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.07.2013 / 12:17 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Brodeur, Lundqvist meet again as Rangers host Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- For the 39th time in their rivalry, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur are expected to oppose each other when the Metropolitan Division foes face off Saturday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET).

Lundqvist is 24-9-5 with a 1.69 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and five shutouts in his career against Brodeur. Lundqvist is 0-2-0 with a 3.53 GAA in two starts against the Devils this season; a 4-0 loss to Cory Schneider on Oct. 19 and 3-2 loss to Brodeur on Nov. 12.

In 98 career starts against the Rangers, Brodeur is 48-30-20 with a 2.12 goals-against average, nine shutouts and a .918 save percentage. The 41-year-old will be looking to snap a personal four-game losing streak. The Devils are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday when they generated 11 shots.

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Posted On Friday, 12.06.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Boucher looking forward to playing Red Wings

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils rookie forward Reid Boucher is champing at the bit for an opportunity to play against the team he grew up idolizing while growing up in Lansing, Mich.

The Devils host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at Prudential Center.

"I live about an hour from Detroit so it was tough to actually get to games, but I watched the Red Wings on TV a lot," Boucher said. "I enjoyed watching guys like Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman. Just a lot of special players who have been winners. That was fun to watch."

Boucher said Hull was his favorite player. Hull played three seasons with the Red Wings near the end of his Hall of Fame career.

"Hull was always my favorite player; I feel like I play like him but obviously am not as good as him," he said. "I probably don't have the shot he had."

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Posted On Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 5:40 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Schneider to start second straight for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Goalie Cory Schneider will make his second straight start when the New Jersey Devils host the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer made the announcement during his pregame meeting with the media.

Schneider made 16 saves in a 5-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at PNC Arena. The 27-year-old goalie is 3-5-3 with a 1.89 goals-against average and .923 save percentage this season.

"He didn't get a ton of work [against Carolina], so I didn't feel the fatigue was an issue," DeBoer said. "I thought he played well and got the win and we're going to Montreal on Monday [to play the Canadiens] and that's a game we want [Martin Brodeur] to play so it just made sense."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 12:55 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Schneider frustrated by lack of playing time

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider couldn't hide his emotions when approached by the media after the morning skate Wednesday in preparation for the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center.

Schneider was asked if he was surprised he wasn't starting.

"Yes, I'm surprised," Schneider said. "I'm frustrated."

Since making a season-high 34 saves in a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 21, Schneider hasn't gotten another chance. Martin Brodeur instead has gotten the call the past two games in losses to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

After returning from a groin injury Nov. 3, Schneider has made four starts (1-2-1) in 11 games. If he does get the nod Friday, he would have waited eight days before his next start.

"I'm trying to work hard and do what I can, but I'd just like to see the ice a little bit more is all," Schneider said. "Marty is playing really well. He's got the net and he's running with it. I know it's part of the game … it's just something where I just want to play more."

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Posted On Monday, 11.25.2013 / 12:52 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Jets' Trouba eager to return, face Devils' Merrill

NEWARK, N.J. -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba is set to make his return to the lineup on Monday when his team begins a six-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

"I'm not hiding the fact that Jacob Trouba is going to play," Jets coach Claude Noel said after his team's morning skate.

Trouba has missed the past 17 games with a neck injury. To make room for the 2012 first-round pick (No. 9), the Jets will likely list Adam Pardy as a healthy scratch.

Trouba likely will be paired with Grant Clitsome.

"I'm excited to get back into things and it'll take some time to get some timing back so I just have to keep it simple," Trouba said. "I just know I can't really get running around at the start, just stay in control and not get too excited I guess."


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Posted On Monday, 11.18.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Milano switches commitment to Boston College

Forward Sonny Milano, who stars for the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team, has withdrawn his commitment to the University of Notre Dame and instead has committed to Boston College starting next season.

Milano has 10 goals and 21 assists in 19 games this season, and is one of three players from the United States Hockey League to earn an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list.

"He probably has as much skill and puck skills as anyone I've coached in 15 years," USNTDP U-18 coach Danton Cole said of Milano. "He does some amazing things with the puck."


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