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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:02 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada sets World Junior Championship roster

Canada trimmed its roster by four players and finalized its roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior championship Friday.

The final four players cut from the team were forwards Rourke Chartier (San Jose Sharks), Jason Dickinson (Dallas Stars) and Michael Dal Colle (New York Islanders), and defenseman Haydn Fleury (Carolina Hurricanes).

The final roster decisions were made after Canada lost to Russia 2-1 in overtime in an exhibition at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

The final 22-player roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Among those making the final roster are two top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, forwards Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 9:56 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada loses to Russia in WJC exhibition

Goalie Ilya Sorokin made 52 saves to lead Russia past Canada 2-1 in overtime Friday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto in an exhibition game ahead of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sorokin (New York Islanders) faced 14, 20 and 17 shots in three periods, plus two in overtime.

Canada played without top 2015 NHL Draft prospect forward Connor McDavid, who continues to recover from a broken finger.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 2:39 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sharks' Mueller to play for Switzerland at WJC

The San Jose Sharks announced Friday that defenseman Mirco Mueller has been released to play for Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"This is a great honor and opportunity for Mirco to represent his country," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "As an important young player to our franchise for now and the future, we think this experience will provide a positive impact on his career moving forward."

Mueller, 19, has one goal and two assists in 24 games, and is averaging 17:09 of ice time per game. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defender was selected by the Sharks with the 18th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 2:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Senators loan forward Lazar to Canada for WJC

The Ottawa Senators agreed on Thursday to loan forward Curtis Lazar to Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

Ottawa's first-round pick (No. 17) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Lazar has seven points in 26 games for the Senators, including his first NHL goal Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

"I knew there was a possibility, it wasn't ruled out," Lazar told the Senators website. "I had a good talk with management this morning and we feel it's the best for my long-term development. It’s a great opportunity for myself. It's going to be a pretty exciting time.

"For me it's about gaining so much needed confidence and maybe finding my scoring touch. I know I got the one goal in Buffalo but if I can fill that here, if I line up beside someone like Connor McDavid, it's going to be great exposure out there and a lot of fun."

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 11:13 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Krejci, Elias return from injury

Boston Bruins center David Krejci and New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias each returned to action Wednesday.

Krejci, who had an undisclosed injury, possibly to his groin, played 18:22 in his 12th game of the season. He skated with usual linemate Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in a 3-2 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild.


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Posted On Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 10:50 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Scott Stevens a guest host Wednesday on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will feature a special guest analyst for the show Wednesday as Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens joins us.

Wednesday Night Rivalry this week pits the Boston Bruins against the Minnesota Wild. NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire will join us via the Arena Cam at Xcel Energy Center at 6 p.m. to preview this matchup between Eastern Conference and Western Conference clubs.

USA Hockey's selection camp for the 2015 World Junior Championship continues and defenseman Will Butcher will call the show at 5:40 p.m. to give us insight into the process.

Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad, who ended a record 20-round shootout Tuesday against the Washington Capitals with the decisive goal, will call in at 6:10 p.m. to talk about the epic night.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 6:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Osiecki pleased with first day of U.S. selection camp

United States National Junior Team coach Mark Osiecki joined NHL Live to discuss the first day of USA Hockey selection camp on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena. Osiecki and his staff are evaluating which 23 players will compete for the U.S. at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The U.S. begins tournament play Dec. 26 against defending champion Finland in the preliminary round.

"First day was outstanding, the kids were very, very good," Osiecki said. "We thought as a staff going in there might be a few jitters, especially with eight new guys that were not in the Lake Placid camp. But they were all calm, they all played to their abilities and it was fun to get out on the ice. The one thing you noticed right away is the speed factor."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 2:26 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Bishop says injury minor; Lightning recall Vasilevskiy

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Tuesday the lower-body injury that caused him to come out of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday after one period isn't serious and he hopes to play this weekend, the team reported via its website.

The Lightning recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Bishop said he tweaked something near the end of the first period, but didn't leave the game immediately with the Lightning about to start a power play.

"I knew that it was something you don’t really want to mess with," Bishop said. "It was 1:15 left, we were on the power play, so I wasn't going to leave the game right then and there because it's not too often you have too many shots on the power play. I figured I could hold out until then."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 11:04 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

U.S. junior coach Osiecki joins NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, continues to preview the U.S. selection camp for the World Junior Championship. U.S. coach Mark Osiecki will be on at 5:40 p.m.

There are 11 games on the schedule Tuesday, featuring the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Minnesota Wild. We'll go out to United Center and welcome in Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk via Arena Cam to discuss the matchup.

The St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings renew their rivalry at Scottrade Center, where Blues analyst Darren Pang will join us via Arena Cam for a preview.

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Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 4:24 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Capitals won't release Burakovsky to Sweden

Forward Andre Burakovsky will remain with the Washington Capitals and not be released to play for Sweden at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, the Capitals announced Monday.

Burakovsky is tied for fifth among rookies in assists (nine) and points (13) in 26 games for the Capitals in his first professional season. The 19-year-old was the 23rd pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

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