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Posted On Monday, 08.03.2015 / 10:12 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

U.S. forward Tkachuk conjures memories of dad

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Left wing Matthew Tkachuk is a regular chip off the old block.

Tkachuk, son of former NHL player Keith Tkachuk and a potential top-five pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, had three goals and two assists for the United States white team in a 10-4 exhibition win against Sweden on Monday during USA Hockey's national junior evaluation camp at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

The camp will help determine the roster for the United States at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, to be played from Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016. Matthew Tkachuk will play for London in the Ontario Hockey League this season.

"Tkachuk was our best player; he looked like his old man out there, who I coached previously," U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. "He did his dad proud. He looks like he's going to get to stay with us. He was one of the borderline calls [as one of the younger players] but he made up for it and we have no problem keeping him around."

Posted On Monday, 08.03.2015 / 9:38 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Avalanche pick Rantanen eager for Finland to host

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland forward Mikko Rantanen, a first-round pick by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2015 NHL Draft, is looking forward to having his country serve as host for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

It will mark the first time since 2004 the tournament will be held in Finland.

The 6-foot-4, 211-pound right wing is confident the Finns will do better than the seventh-place they finished at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto. Rantanen led Finland with four goals in five games as one of their youngest skaters.

In Helsinki, site of the 2016 WJC from Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016, he's determined to be one of the leaders on and off the ice. He showcased a bit of that swagger and ability when he had three assists in a 10-3 exhibition victory against the United States blue team during the national junior evaluation camp at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

The camp, which includes practices and games against Sweden, runs through Saturday.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 4:07 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Zacha, Zboril invited to Czech camp in Calgary

Center Pavel Zacha and defenseman Jakub Zboril, each first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, highlight the roster of Czech Republic players invited to participate in Canada's junior development camp in Calgary next month.

The camp, which will be held from Aug. 1-6, will feature practices and exhibition games against Canada and Russia. Zacha, selected No. 6 by the New Jersey Devils, and Zboril (Boston Bruins, No. 13) will be among 22 players attending the camp that will help establish the roster for Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 9:13 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Chabot added to Canada junior development camp

Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Thomas Chabot, a first-round selection of the Ottawa Senators in the 2015 NHL Draft, has been added to Canada's national junior team development camp roster in Calgary.

Chabot will be among 40 players attending the camp that will help establish the roster for Canada in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Chabot will replace Oshawa Generals defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel (New York Islanders, 2015), who sustained an injury and is unable to attend.

The camp will be held from Aug. 1-6, and feature practices and exhibition games against the Czech Republic and Russia.


Posted On Monday, 07.20.2015 / 9:23 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

USA Hockey sets junior evaluation camp rosters

Center Auston Matthews and left wing Matthew Tkachuk, each projected to be selected top-five in the 2016 NHL Draft, will be representing Team White when the United States holds its national junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 1-8.

USA Hockey announced the rosters for Team White and Team Blue for the opening three days of practices and scrimmages against Finland and Sweden. The 39 invitees will be auditioning for spots on the team that will represent the country at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26, 2015-Jan. 5, 2016.

Posted On Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 8:01 PM

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

Top prospects smack balls, talk smack at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- London Knights center Mitchell Marner shook his head and smiled when asked about Kingstown Frontenacs left wing Lawson Crouse, who was the only player to hit a home run during batting practice Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Marner, Crouse and four other top 2015 NHL Draft prospects got the chance to take batting practice and shag fly balls prior to the Miami Marlins' game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"It was luck, that's what it was," Marner said of Crouse's big shot, which cleared the fence in right field, about 335 feet from home plate.

Marner was joking, of course, but kept piling on the sarcasm with the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Crouse within an earshot. After a pressure-packed season that included highs, lows and plenty of media scrutiny, Wednesday provided a chance for the players to have some fun before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft begins Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports) at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Posted On Wednesday, 06.17.2015 / 11:00 AM

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

Blue Jackets prepare for busy 2015 NHL Draft

It's been nearly 10 years since the Columbus Blue Jackets had as many as the 10 selections they have at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.  

But it's a good year to have that many selections, considering the deep potential of the 2015 class.

"I think it's one of the deeper drafts since I've been scouting," Blue Jackets director of amateur scouting Paul Castron said. "There's obviously the top two guys at the top [Erie center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel] who are potential franchise players. But I think it's pretty wide open after them.

"It's going to be a fun draft that way because people think guys are going here or there and you just never know. I remember when Cam Fowler fell that one year to Anaheim and everyone thought he would go a lot higher."

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 6:32 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Buffalo native enjoys Combine in hometown

BUFFALO -- Buffalo native Dennis Gilbert had the experience of a lifetime this week at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine. 

Gilbert, a defenseman for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, was somewhat of an ambassador during the week.

He often found himself escorting fellow prospects to First Niagara Center for the interviewing phase with NHL teams earlier in the week, and to HarborCenter for the fitness testing on Friday and Saturday.

Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 9:41 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Czech goalie Vladar happy with Combine performance

BUFFALO -- Goaltender Daniel Vladar had the unenviable task of being the first top prospect at his position to complete the nine fitness tests on the final day of the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine at HarborCenter on Saturday.

In the end, the 6-foot-5, 185-pound native of Praha, Czech Republic, was all smiles with the realization that he survived the grueling Wingate Cycle Ergometer peak power output test to measure the explosiveness of a skater.


Posted On Saturday, 06.06.2015 / 9:07 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Fitness testing gets started at NHL Scouting Combine

BUFFALO -- The final day of the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine officially kicked off here at HarborCenter on Saturday morning with a dozen top prospects testing on the nine events.

There were three prospects medically exempt from testing on Saturday, Oshawa Generals defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel, Omaha Lancers center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman Jeremy Lauzon. Niagara IceDogs defenseman Vince Dunn was medically exempt from lower-body testing; Everett Silvertips defenseman Noah Juulsen did not test since he had to return home for high school graduation.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov of Magnitogorsk in Russia was unable to attend the Combine; no reason was provided. Samsonov is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international goalies.

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