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Posted On Friday, 08.09.2013 / 3:34 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Gillies not taking No. 1 spot for granted

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Jon Gillies knows the potential of what is out there for him in December when it comes to playing for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

But Gillies, a Calgary Flames prospect, isn't ready to proclaim himself the frontrunner in the race to become the team's No. 1 goaltender for the tournament, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden.

Gillies got a head start a year ago, when he used a strong performance at the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp as a springboard to earning the backup job to John Gibson at the 2013 WJC.

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Posted On Friday, 08.09.2013 / 2:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

U.S. faces tough lineup decisions against Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- United States coach Don Lucia had most of his players on the ice for practice Friday as the team prepared for its final game of the national junior evaluation camp, Saturday against Canada.

Lucia said he's watched parts of Canada's two games so far, wins against Finland and Sweden and said he's been impressed by what he's seen.

"They have a lot to choose from," he said. "The hard part for them is going to be which guys to select, ultimately. They're big, they're strong, they're talented -- kind of like they are every year. … They're obviously very deep."


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 8:36 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Rychel watches son score twice for Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It wasn't that long ago that Warren Rychel and Tie Domi were NHL players watching their sons start minor-hockey careers.

Now, Kerby Rychel and Max Domi are the future for Hockey Canada, and the dads still are watching and having fun.

"It's nice to sit up there," Warren Rychel told NHL.com. "I'm up there with Tie, we played together and we're good friends. … It's funny how they grew up, grew into men. First they're in midgets, the OHL draft, playing in international events, the NHL draft. Kind of goes real quick. It was good to see."

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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 6:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada completes 7-3 rout of Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Canada continued to dial up the offense against Sweden, scoring three times in the third period to turn one-goal game into a rout en route to a 7-3 victory.

Frederik Gauthier, Sean Monahan and Bo Harvat added third-period goals as Canadablew open a game that was 4-3 after two periods.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 5:55 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada holding off Sweden through two periods

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A wildly entertaining second period saw Canada score three times in 52 seconds, only to see Sweden use a three-goal run of its own to cut the margin to 4-3 after 40 minutes.

Connor McDavid had a power-play goal and Kerby Rychel scored twice to give Canada a 4-0 lead, only to see Sweden's Carl Dahlstrom, Andre Burakovsky and Jacob de la Rose score to make it a one-goal game.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 5:03 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada leads Sweden 1-0 after one period

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A fast-paced first period saw Matthew Finn score the only goal of the opening 20 minutes to give Canada a 1-0 lead after one period.

Curtis Lazar fished a puck out of traffic and sent it back to Finn, who pinched down into the left circle and scored at 7:35.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 4:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Finland's Maatta misses second game due to illness

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland played its second straight game Thursday without its top defenseman and team captain, Olli Maatta, due to illness.

"He's sick," Finland coach Karri Kivi said. "He's been sick four days already. … Like a flu.”

Kivi said he doubted Maatta would be healthy enough to play the final game of the camp Saturday against Sweden.

"I think he won't play. There's a small chance, like maybe 10 percent," he said.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 4:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

McDavid, Canada set to face Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Canada's Connor McDavid will make his national junior evaluation camp debut Thursday against Sweden. The 16-year-old will start at center on a line with Max Domi on the left wing and Charles Hudon on the right side.

A number of other players who sat out Wednesday will play Thursday, among them defensemen Darnell Nurse and Mathew Dumba.

Sweden will again be without forwards Sebastian Collberg (right knee) and Oskar Sundqvist (neck).


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 3:26 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Erne lifts United States over Finland in shootout

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Adam Erne scored twice in a shootout to give the United States a come-from-behind 4-3 win Thursday against Finland.

After Juuso Ikonen scored in the sixth round to give Finland the lead, Erne snapped a wrist shot past goalie Joonas Korpisalo to tie it. In the seventh round, U.S. goalie Anthony Stolarz poke-checked the puck away from Finland's Ville Leskinen. With a chance to win it, Erne deked and slid the puck between Korpisalo's pads.

The win capped a rally that saw the United States finally find some offense in the third period.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 2:24 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Pair of goals in second has Finland up 3-1 on U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Goals by Artturi Lehkonen and Mikko Lehtonen gave Finland a 3-1 lead after two periods.

The United States continued to be its own worst enemy. The team failed to convert on four power plays, including a 65-second 5-on-3 advantage that saw the U.S. fail to produce a shot while barely earning any zone time. And two of the power plays were short-circuited by the Americans taking penalties.


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