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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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Posted On Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 11:30 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Rangers

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller, recalled from the American Hockey League on Friday, will be in the lineup Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

Miller will replace Chris Kreider, who will be with his family this weekend following the death of his grandfather. Additionally, defenseman John Moore reenters the lineup in place of Dan Boyle, who woke up Saturday with flu-like symptoms, according to coach Alain Vigneault. Boyle is day-to-day.

Vigneault also informed the media that forward Tanner Glass, who was diagnosed with the mumps virus, will remain away from the team until Monday. At that time he will be considered day-to-day. All players on the team have or will receive vaccination shots.

"All people who came to Tampa Bay should get themselves checked out because you don't know what could happen," Vigneault warned the local reporters.

Miller, 21, has skated in three games with the Rangers and has seven shots. He has six goals and 15 points in 18 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack. He will be playing in his first game with the Rangers since Oct. 12.

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Posted On Friday, 11.28.2014 / 1:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek is expected to make his second start of the season on Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

The 22-year-old Czech Republic native, who is playing for the first time in four games, is looking forward to the matchup against fellow countrymen Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias, Marek Zidlicky and Martin Havlat.

"I'm very excited to be playing New Jersey," Mrazek said. "Whenever I get a chance to play for the Red Wings it's a big game. We are getting healthier and playing good hockey, so I'm hoping things go well."

Mrazek was asked if he had the book on stopping Jagr.

"I don't really," he said. "He's a great player and I really can't say anything more about it. Hopefully knowing how great a player he is will help me stop him. I guess we'll see."

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Posted On Monday, 11.24.2014 / 5:34 PM

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

Otters' McDavid meets local media to discuss injury

Erie Otters captain Connor McDavid, who fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand earlier this month, spoke to the local media for the first time since the injury prior to his team's practice on Monday in Erie, Pa.

McDavid, who is projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, had scored a point in every game but one this season prior to the injury. He has 16 goals and 51 points in 18 games.

He hurt his right hand in a fight against Mississauga Steelheads forward Bryson Cianfrone in the second period of a game on Nov. 11. He visited a hand specialist in Ontario the next day and was told he could miss between 5-6 weeks.

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Posted On Monday, 11.24.2014 / 9:00 AM

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

Terriers' Eichel continues impressive start

Boston University freshman Jack Eichel is not just scoring with regularity these days but doing so at the most opportune time for his team.

Eichel, considered a top-two pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, extended his point streak to 10 games when he scored the overtime game-winner in a 3-2 victory against the University of Maine on Friday before earning two assists in a 5-2 victory against the University of Connecticut on Saturday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 8:02 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Flyers forward Giroux in lineup vs. Rangers

NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux will be in the lineup for the Wednesday Night Rivalry against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Giroux, who sustained an apparent lower-body injury during practice on Monday and was considered doubtful against the Rangers, took pregame warmups and declared himself ready to go. He will center a line with Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek.

Jason Akeson will be a healthy scratch.


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Posted On Wednesday, 11.19.2014 / 3:42 PM

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

Seattle top prospect Barzal sustains knee injury

Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, will be out approximately 4-6 weeks after having knee surgery performed on Nov. 13, according to the team.

Barzal, who is second on the team with seven goals and 18 points, is in his second season with the Thunderbirds. He has 21 goals and 72 points in 75 career games. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed center, who has not played since a 3-2 shootout victory against the Red Deer Rebels on Nov. 4, required surgery for a fractured kneecap.


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