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Posted On Tuesday, 12.23.2014 / 12:51 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri, who has sat out the past four games with a groin injury, is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center.

Cammalleri, who leads the Devils in goals (11), power-play goals (five) and game-winning goals (three), will be a welcomed addition; the Devils have scored four times and have been shut out twice in the past four games without him.

"I think I'll be good to go," Cammalleri said. "I practiced [Monday] and felt good, and I'm excited to get back. I don't think I'll have too must rust; I'll be able to handle it."

Cammalleri, 32, was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 13 and can be removed at any time; that will likely happen prior to puck drop. He practiced Monday and stayed off the ice for the morning skate Tuesday. He's expected to join center Scott Gomez and right wing Jaromir Jagr on the top line.

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Posted On Monday, 12.22.2014 / 9:28 AM

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

McDavid makes successful return to the ice

If the return of center Connor McDavid following a five-week layoff proved anything at all Sunday, it was that the 17-year-old hasn't really missed a beat.

McDavid, projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, earned an assist while centering the top line for Canada alongside Curtis Lazar (Ottawa Senators) and Nick Ritchie (Anaheim Ducks) in a 5-2 pre-World Junior Championship exhibition victory against Sweden at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.


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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:29 AM

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

U.S. team trims roster for World Juniors

BOSTON -- The USA Hockey managerial team on Friday announced that forwards Adam Erne and Michael McCarron and defenseman Jack Dougherty have been released from the selection camp roster of players competing for spots in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

All three played in a 5-2 U.S. victory against Boston University in an exhibition game Friday at Walter Brown Arena. U.S. coach Mark Osiecki, general manager Jim Johannson and the rest of the staff made the cuts after a lengthy closed-door meeting. 

Erne, a second-round pick (No. 33) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft, was a member of the U.S. team that finished fifth at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. He and McCarron (Montreal Canadiens) skated on the same line with center Cole Cassels (Vancouver Canucks).

Dougherty (Nashville Predators) skated with different defense partners during the game Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 11:46 PM

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

Eichel helps U.S. Juniors defeat BU teammates

BOSTON -- Boston University coach David Quinn shook his head and smiled when asked what it was like to have to devise a game plan against his usual top-line center, Jack Eichel.

"It wasn't fun and not easy," Quinn said. "Now I know what a lot of coaches throughout college hockey feel like. But he had a lot of help on that team as well."

Eichel scored a shorthanded goal and had four shots on goal to help lead the United States National Junior Team to a 5-2 victory against Boston University in an exhibition game at Walter Brown Arena on Friday. The game marked the final day of USA Hockey's four-day selection camp in Boston. The team will travel to Kingston, Ontario, to continue camp at the K Rock Centre before the start of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 26.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 9:47 PM

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

U.S. defeats Boston University in WJC tuneup

BOSTON -- Defenseman Noah Hanifin and center Jack Eichel, two top 2015 NHL-Draft eligible players, scored shorthanded goals in the first period to help lead the United States National Junior Team to a 5-2 victory against Boston University in an exhibition game at Walter Brown Arena.

Chase De Leo, a 2014 fourth-round pick (No. 99) of the Winnipeg Jets, and JT Compher (Buffalo Sabres) also scored for the United States, and Anthony DeAngelo (Tampa Bay Lightning) hit into an empty net to conclude the four-day selection camp on the campus of Boston University.

The United States will continue camp in Kingston, Ontario, on Sunday at Rogers K Rock Centre. Prior to traveling to Canada on Saturday, general manager Jim Johannson will reveal which players will be cut from the 30-man roster.

The final 23-man roster will likely be announced Dec. 24. The U.S. begins preliminary-round action in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship against Finland at Bell Centre in Montreal on Dec. 26.


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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 12:37 PM

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

Halverson to serve as starter in preseason opener

BOSTON -- Goaltender Brandon Halverson will open as starter in the first of three exhibition games for the United States National Junior Team on Friday against Boston University at Walter Brown Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET.

U.S. coach Mark Osiecki acknowledged after a morning skate that Boston College sophomore Thatcher Demko would sit this game out. Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL), a second-round pick (No. 59) of the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL Draft, will play the first half of the game and Plymouth Whalers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina Hurricanes) will play the second half.

The U.S. will have two more exhibition games against Germany on Dec. 21 and Sweden on Dec. 23 in Kingston, Ontario, before the start of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 26. Osiecki was asked if each goalie would be given an opportunity to earn a start.


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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 2:51 PM

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

U.S. National Junior Team set for game action

BOSTON -- United States National Junior Team coach Mark Osiecki realizes practices and drills can only keep a player's interest for so long.

It's one reason why he feels the players are champing at the bit for a little game action to prove their ability against Boston University at Walter Brown Arena on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be the first of three pre-tournament exhibition games for the United States prior to the start of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship beginning Dec. 26 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

It will also mark Boston University's first men's ice hockey game at the storied arena since Jan. 2, 2005, a 2-1 loss to the University of Minnesota. The Terriers opened Agganis Arena the following day with a 2-1 victory against the Golden Gophers.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 9:00 AM

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

Compher determined to earn place among junior elites

BOSTON -- University of Michigan sophomore JT Compher has certainly experienced his share of untimely injuries.

In December 2013, the hard-nosed wing sustained a foot injury while attempting to block a shot in a practice during the United States National Junior Team selection camp in Minneapolis, Minn. The injury left him in a walking boot and gave the managerial team no other choice but to leave him off the U.S. roster headed to Sweden for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 12:59 PM

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

Osiecki discusses requirements in forming U.S. lineup

BOSTON -- Mark Osiecki realizes the importance of having players that are tough to play against in big situations at the World Junior Championship.

Osiecki, coach of the United States National Junior Team, is not only looking for players capable of providing an offensive push but those grinders who are willing to pay the price in getting them the puck. Osiecki has seen his share of hard-nosed competitors as a three-time assistant for the U.S. National Junior Team, including gold medal-winning performances in 2010 and 2013.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 9:00 AM

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

U.S. players take proactive steps to mumps outbreak

BOSTON -- The mumps outbreak that has infected more than a dozen NHL players is not being taken lightly by the managerial team at USA Hockey during the four-day selection camp on the campus of Boston University this week.

USA Hockey general manager Jim Johannson said that while he hasn't received any instruction from the International Ice Hockey Federation with regard to the virus that now has affected six NHL teams, he made it a point to tell all 30 players just prior to camp to remain vigilant about their hygiene.

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