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Posted On Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 10:03 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

McDavid feels ahead of schedule on road to recovery

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who has been out of the lineup since sustaining a fracture in his right hand on Nov. 11, told TSN Radio 690 Montreal that he is scheduled to visit a doctor Tuesday to receive the latest update on his injury.

McDavid, who is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, expects the doctor to remove his fitted cast. The original diagnosis last month had McDavid missing 5-6 weeks, but Tuesday marks the four-week mark and he feels ahead of schedule.


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Posted On Monday, 12.08.2014 / 2:02 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sweden invites 19 NHL draftees to WJC select camp

The Swedish Ice Hockey Association named seven returnees and 19 players drafted by NHL teams to its preliminary roster that will compete for spots in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.

Among the returning players are forwards Jacob de la Rose (Montreal Canadiens, No. 34, 2013) and Anton Karlsson (Arizona Coyotes, No. 87, 2014) and defenseman Robert Hagg (Philadelphia Flyers, No. 41, 2013). First-round draft picks William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs, No. 8, 2014), Adrian Kempe (Los Angeles Kings, No. 29, 2014) and Andre Burakovsky (Washington Capitals, No. 23, 2013) also were chosen.

Burakovsky has four goals and 13 points in 25 games with the Capitals this season. The Capi8tals have not decided if Burakovsky will be allowed to play in the tournament.

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Posted On Monday, 12.08.2014 / 10:27 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Finland reveals preliminary camp roster for 2015 WJC

Forward Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Julius Honka and goaltender Juuse Saros highlight the preliminary roster of players invited to the Finnish National Junior Team evaluation camp that will determine the team looking to defend its championship at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.

Honka and Saros are two of seven returning players from the team that captured a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF WJC in Malmo, Sweden. It marked the first medal of any kind for Finland since earning a bronze medal at the 2006 WJC in Vancouver.

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Posted On Monday, 12.08.2014 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Eichel proving a lot more than an elite goal scorer

The opposition may design creative ways to keep Jack Eichel from generating quality shots on net, but it won't ever discourage him from setting up an open teammate.

Eichel, a projected top-two pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, proved that point Saturday in a 4-2 victory against Merrimack College before 4,366 fans at Agganis Arena in Boston. Boston University is 10-3-2.

The Terriers top center, who has scored just once in the past five games (2-2-1), was limited to one shot against Merrimack on Saturday. The 18-year-old instead set up linemate Danny O'Regan three times to help him notch his first collegiate hat trick. Eichel finished the game with four assists.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 11:05 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Pastrnak, Vrana head CZE World Junior select roster

Two first-round NHL draft picks and six A-rated prospects on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft highlight the 32-man preliminary roster of players for the Czech Republic for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Highlighting the list of players are center Jakub Vrana (Washington Capitals, No. 13, 2014) and left wing David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins, No. 25 , 2014). They combined for two goals and five points in five games for the Czech Republic at the 2014 WJC in Sweden.

While Vrana has to be considered a lock to make the team, Pastrnak's availability is at question. He has played well in five games with the Bruins since making his NHL debut Nov. 24.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 10:16 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Kevin Fiala heads Swiss preliminary roster

Left wing Kevin Fiala, selected by the Nashville Predators with the 11th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, heads the 31-man preliminary roster released by the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation that will determine the team Switzerland fields for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto beginning Dec. 26.

Fiala, who had one goal and five points in five games at the 2014 WJC, is one of four plyaers on the camp roster who skated with the team that finished seventh at the 2014 WJC in Sweden. Also back are defensemen Phil Baltisberger and Yannick Rathgeb and center Jason Fuchs.

This season Fiala has five goals and 14 points in 17 games playing for HV71 in the Swedish Elite League.

Switzerland, which will hold camp Dec. 15-18 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, and from Dec. 20-25 in Oshawa, Ontario, will be coached by John Fust. The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation expects its final 23-man roster to be named by Dec. 25.

Also on Switzerland's camp roster are seven top prospects for the 2015 draft. Right wing Timo Meier, who plays for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is considered an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 12:38 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Johannson pleased with depth at U.S. select camp

Speed, goaltending and a deep roster are three important components United States National Junior Team general manager Jim Johannson knows are critical at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Johannson feels he has plenty of that among the 30-man roster of players USA Hockey invited to selection camp that will be held on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena from Dec. 16-19. The select camp will help determine the final 23-man roster that will represent the country at the 2015 WJC beginning Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto.

The U.S. has medaled in three of the past five WJC tournaments, including gold in 2010 and 2013 and bronze in 2011.

          

"The game is about speed now and we have speed and our depth is going to be excellent," Johannson told USAHockey.com. "You also need good goaltending and we have good candidates. These [goalies] are going to have to take charge in there and it'll be a good competition since there are good goalies vying for the starting job.

"I think we'll be a team that has the puck a lot and will play with the puck; it'll be an exciting brand of hockey."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 11:15 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. boasts six first-round picks on WJC camp roster

A six-pack of first-round NHL draft picks, seven returning players and five top 2015 NHL Draft-eligible prospects highlight the list of 30 players invited by USA Hockey to a selection camp to determine the U.S. National Junior Team that will play at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada later this month.

The selection camp will take place Dec. 16-19 on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. It will include five practices as well as a pre-tournament exhibition game against Boston University at Walter Brown Arena on Dec. 19. When training in Boston is complete, the team will travel to Kingston, Ontario, to continue the evaluation process at Rogers K-Rock Centre from Dec. 21-24.

The final 23-player tournament roster will be announced by Dec. 24.

U.S. coach Mark Osiecki will oversee a camp that includes 17 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies. There are 12 states and 15 NHL teams represented on the roster.

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Posted On Monday, 12.01.2014 / 4:28 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Forsbacka-Karlsson, Birdsall earn USHL honors

Omaha Lancers forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Youngstown Phantoms goaltender Chris Birdsall, each B-rated prospects on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list from the United States Hockey League for the 2015 NHL Draft, were chosen as league players of the week at their respective positions.

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Posted On Monday, 12.01.2014 / 9:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Terriers prospect Eichel has scoring streak snapped

Boston University freshman Jack Eichel, considered a top-two pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was held without a point for the first time this season in losses to Harvard and Dartmouth this past week.

It came at a time when the Terriers held the No. 1 ranking in both national polls (USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine) for the first time in over four years. Eichel was also honored as the Warrior Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East to begin the week.

Harvard became the first team this season to hold Eichel without a point in a 3-2 overtime win at Agganis Arena in Boston on Nov. 25. Dartmouth scored a 2-0 victory at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H., on Sunday. BU entered the game against Dartmouth having won eight of its previous nine games at Thompson Arena.


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