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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:32 PM

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

Sutter happy with changes for Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Heading into this week, Canada coach Brent Sutter said he had a feeling the game Saturday against United States had a chance to be a rough one for his team.

"It's Day 5 or Day 6 of a training camp," Sutter said following his team's 5-1 loss. "These kids have two practices come in here and play three games in four days. I was worried about this game going into it with our mental and physical side of it. Usually that Day 5 or Day 6, a player kind of hits a wall a little bit and I thought we hit a wall today with it a little bit. Some players' play was not at the level you wish it would have been."

However, Sutter wasn't going to let one bad game ruin what he believed was a positive week as far as the early stages of evaluating the players that ultimately will make up the roster of the team that represents Canada in Malmo, Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

This week also marked a shift in philosophy for construction of the team, as Hockey Canada elected to move away from past practices of bringing in two teams' worth of players and having them play against each other in high-intensity intrasquad games. Instead, after two days of practicing in Brossard, Quebec, the team shifted here for games against the United States, Finland and Sweden.

"I think it's a great format for us," Sutter said. "I think the change was great. It's good to do what we did. You get a better read and better feel for guys. From my perspective, you're right with the group all the time, you're coaching the group. You get a better feel on the bench where guys are at and who might fit better with who. It's different when you go to a Red/White format; then your head coach isn't involved with coaching either team because you want to watch. When you're on the bench with the guys you get a better feel. The whole week has been great.

"[Saturday] you lose a hockey game, but at the same time you get to evaluate, too, and see the group do it together the whole week. There was a lot of positives coming out of this for the way it was set up and the format we did."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:23 PM

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

Sieloff a captain candidate for U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The USA Hockey staff charged with picking the team that will go to Sweden for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship spent this week seeing which players fit into the best roles not only on the ice, but off it as well.

That includes early assessments of who could provide leadership, and among the early candidates for team captain is defenseman Patrick Sieloff.

Sieloff, one of three players from the 2013 WJC team that won the gold medal back for this year's camp (forward Riley Barber and goaltender Jon Gillies are the others), never made it onto the score sheet, but he was the team's most physical defenseman and one of the key parts of a penalty-killing unit that got better as the week went on, culminating in a perfect 9-for-9 performance in a 5-1 win against Canada on Saturday.

Sieloff, a 2012 second-round pick (No. 42) of the Calgary Flames, said he hasn't thought far enough ahead yet to consider himself captain of a team he still hasn't made yet.

"At the end of the day I'm here first to make the team and then just do whatever they ask me to do," Sieloff told NHL.com. "If it comes down to [being captain], than absolutely. I'm here to play my game and see how it plays out."

USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations Jim Johansson, who will serve as general manager of the WJC team, said Sieloff filled a leadership role this week at the national junior evaluation camp.

"He has great leadership qualities," Johansson said. "He's a guy that you end up talking more and more to about getting messages through to his teammates. He does it on and off the ice. He's a guy that we will look for for leadership. … Sitting here today, he's a candidate to fill that role and be a guy that helps lead this team."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:22 PM

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

Finns celebrate win against rival Swedes

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The rivalry between Finland and Sweden is a deep and sometimes bitter one when it comes to hockey. That's why there was some extra yelling and cheering from Finland after their 3-2 shootout defeat of Sweden on Saturday.

For the group of 1994- and 1995-born Finnish players, it was the first time in five years of top-level international hockey, dating to under-16 tournaments, that they had beaten their counterparts of the same age from Sweden.

"It felt great," Juuso Ikonen, who scored the winner in the shootout, told NHL.com. "It was a good game for us. This wasn't a big tournament, but it still feels good."

Teuvo Teravainen, who scored a pair of goals, each of which tied the game, said the post-game celebration in the locker room was extra loud and long.

"It's always a big thing to beat Sweden," he told NHL.com. "They're tough battles every time. I think we haven't beaten Sweden so much. It was an awesome win."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 7:32 PM

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

Canada's Paterson focused on strong start to secure WJC spot

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- When Canada coach Brent Sutter assessed his three goaltenders here at the national junior evaluation camp, he said Eric Comrie, Zachary Fucale and Jake Paterson were starting on an even playing field.

However, Paterson does have one advantage on the competition -- he's the only one of the three to have played on a world junior championship team.

Paterson, a 2012 third-round (No. 80) pick of the Detroit Red Wings, was the third goaltender on Canada's WJC team that finished fourth at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. While he never dressed for a game, he said he did learn something from going through the process.

"It's how tough the tournament is to win," he said. "It's a one-game elimination. I learned last year you have to be at your best every single game."

He might not have been at his best Saturday, allowing five goals on 25 shots in a 5-1 loss to the United States, but Sutter said no result one way or the other in August was going to sway his decision on the final roster he'll lead at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden.

Paterson will return to his club team, the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, knowing what's really important is how he starts the 2013-14 season.

"The biggest thing is trying to develop my game as much as I can and try have a good start to the season," he said. "It [WJC] is going to be in the back of anyone's head, that someone might be watching you. You're trying to make the team through the first four months of the season. I'm just looking forward to having a good start and everything will take of itself.

"Canada is filed with a bunch of good goaltenders so I know it'll be tough, but I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 7:31 PM

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

Finland beats Sweden in long shootout

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Juuso Ikonen scored in the 10th round of a shootout as Finland ended with a 3-2 win against Sweden in the final game of the national junior evaluation camp this week.

Ikonen skated hard up the middle of the ice, deked and lifted the puck high under the crossbar, past goalie Oscar Dansk.

Finland had tied the game early in the third on Teuvo Teravainen's second goal of the game, but that's where the scoring stopped for a while.

A scoreless overtime saw Finland goalie Juuse Saros make four saves, while Dansk made three.

Back with more from both locker rooms.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 6:04 PM

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

Djoos goal gives Sweden 2-1 lead after two

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Christian Djoos' goal at 5:06 of the second is the difference after 40 minutes of hockey as Sweden leads Finland 2-1.

Teuvo Teravainen tied the game in the first minute of the second period. Jesper Pettersson was called for slashing Teravainen on a breakaway, and the Chicago Blackhawks prospect was awarded a penalty shot, easily beating Oscar Dansk 57 seconds into the period to tie the game.

After two periods, Sweden is outshooting Finland 21-17.

Back with more after the game.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 5:10 PM

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

Reinhart, McDavid happy with play at evaluation camp

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sam Reinhart and Conner McDavid got their first taste of play at the international under-20 level, and while they may have been the two youngest players in camp this week for Canada, they never looked out of place in the first part of their quest to make Canada's team for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Reinhart scored Canada's lone goal in its 5-1 loss to the United States to close the camp Saturday, giving him a goal in both games he played.

"I'm very confident with how I played," Reinhart, the early leader to be the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, said. "I definitely gave myself some confidence going home now."

McDavid, bidding to become the sixth 16-year-old to play for Canada at the World Junior Championship, and first since Sidney Crosby in 2004, also looked impressive. He was held off the score sheet Saturday against the United States, but had a power-play goal Thursday against Sweden.

Like Reinhart, McDavid understands this junior evaluation camp was the first step to making the WJC team, and knows he needs a strong start with his club team, the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, if he wants to be on the team that goes to Malmo, Sweden in December.

"I thought I played all right against Sweden," he said. "[Saturday] I think was obviously a step back toward making this team, but still a long way to. I think if I can have a good start to the year I'll be all right."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 5:07 PM

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

Sweden leads Finland after 20 minutes

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden took a 1-0 lead against Finland after 20 minutes in the final game of the national junior evaluation camp this week.

With Finland's Aleksi Mustonen in the box for interference, Jacob de la Rose, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, scored off a pass from Filip Sandberg at 12:48 of the period.

Sweden sustained the lead despite having to kill off two penalties, including a slashing call on goalie Oscar Dansk.

Back with more after the second period.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 4:39 PM

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

Hockey Canada happy with stay in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Despite a lackluster final showing, Hockey Canada executives were pleased with how things went during the portion of the national junior evaluation camp spent here.

"It's been great," Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada's senior director of hockey operations and national teams, told NHL.com. "Any time you can play meaningful games in August when you're trying to evaluate players and prepare your team, it's a great experience."


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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 4:26 PM

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

Finland meets Sweden in Lake Placid finale

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The final game of this week's national junior evaluation camp features Finland and Sweden getting back injured players.

For Finland, top defenseman Olli Maatta returns to the lineup after missing most of the week with the flu. For Sweden, Oscar Dansk will be back in goal after missing a few days while recovering from taking a puck off his mask.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 3:06 PM

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

U.S. completes 5-1 win against Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The United States finished its time on the ice here at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp with a solid 5-1 win against Canada

Already up 3-0, Quentin Shore scored his second of the game, this time on the power play, at 5:17 of the third when Adam Erne threw a pass through the slot that he was able to knock past Canada goalie Jake Paterson. Stefan Matteau made it 5-0 at 13:21 before Sam Reinhart scored for Canada.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 2:21 PM

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

U.S. stretches lead to 3-0 after two periods

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The United States used more strong special-teams play to increase their lead against Canada to 3-0 after two periods here at Herb Brooks Arena.

Quentin Shore scored the period's only goal. With the Americans killing a penalty, Shore chased defenseman Derrick Pouliot deep into the Canadian zone, stripped him of the puck and rocketed a shot under the crossbar at 13:57. The U.S. got two late power-play goals in the first period to grab the lead.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 1:45 PM

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

U.S. leads Canada 2-0 after one period

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- An even first period saw the momentum shift to the United States thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the final minute. Riley Barber and Ian McCoshen scored 47 seconds apart to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead against Canada after one period here at Herb Brooks Arena.

Barber scored at the 19-minute mark and McCoshen connected with 13 seconds left in the period, both on 5-on-3 power plays.


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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 1:19 PM

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

Swedish coach happy with preparations for WJC

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg said Oscar Dansk, who has missed the past two games since being hit in the head by a shot in practice Monday, will start in goal in the team's final game of the national junior evaluation camp Saturday against Finland.

Gronborg also said forward Oskar Sundqvist, who sustained an injured neck when he collided with a metal stanchion at the end of the team's bench during a game against the United States earlier in the week, will play Saturday.


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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 12:48 PM

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

Shinkaruk will use draft disappointment as motivation

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hunter Shinkaruk grew up in Calgary and went to games at Scotiabank Saddledome, so when he saw the Flames walk to the podium at the 2013 NHL Draft to make the 22nd pick, he admits he was hopeful his name would be called.

Shinkaruk, who was No. 6 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American prospects, said he had expected to go in the top 15, maybe the top 10. But as the wait got longer, he actually got a bit hopeful knowing the Flames were coming up with their second of three first-round picks.

The Flames instead picked Gatineau Olympiques forward Emile Poirier, who has joined Shinkaruk to play for Canada at this week's national junior evaluation camp; Vancouver, with the 23rd pick, then chose Shinkaruk.
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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 12:26 PM

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

USA-Canada lineups

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The first game on the final day of the USA Hockey National Evaluation Camp will feature Canada facing the United States.

Among the U.S. forward lines to watch is the trio of Quentin Shore centering Nicolas Kerdiles and Adam Erne. Erne had the game-tying goal and the shootout winner Thursday against Finland, while Kerdiles has been arguably the best American forward during the entire week of camp.

Jon Gillies will start in goal, with Anthony Stolarz backing him up.


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Posted On Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 12:20 PM

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

Top '14 prospect Julius Honka to play for Swift Current

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finnish defenseman Julius Honka, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, told NHL.com on Saturday that he will play this season for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

Honka said the chance to be seen by more NHL scouts in his draft year was the biggest reason he opted to come to North America.


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Posted On Friday, 08.09.2013 / 5:48 PM

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

Sweden coach took positives from loss to Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Despite a 7-3 loss to Canada on Thursday, Sweden coach Rickard Gronborg said he saw some positive things from his team.

"We did a great job of coming back from the 4-0 deficit to come back to a 4-3 situation at the start of the third period," he said. "In the third period we ran out of gas. A team like Canada, they'll take full advantage of that.

"We can't be slacking like that and have a period off or even time in a period off because they're going to capitalize right away. At the same time, I saw some good things last night with a short bench with injures. I saw some character coming back from 4-0 to 4-3 and make a game out of it. It's a game where you lose but you learn quite a bit from that loss."

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Posted On Friday, 08.09.2013 / 5:35 PM

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

Wilson, Laughton ready to finally play for Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tom Wilson and Scott Laughton knew before they arrived here for this phase of the national junior evaluation camp that they only would be playing the final game, Saturday against the United States.

While it hasn't been fun sitting out, they've tried to make the most of it.

"It's been pretty relaxing, but also I've been learning a lot," Wilson, taken by the Washington Capitals with the 16th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, told NHL.com. "I've been watching all I can during the games, learning during practices and trying to take in everything I can."

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Posted On Friday, 08.09.2013 / 4:24 PM

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

Sabres picks get hometown treatment in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It's about a six-hour drive from Buffalo to Lake Placid, but that hasn't stopped a number of Sabres fans from filling Herb Brooks Arena to get a glimpse of a few future Sabres.

American forward J.T. Compher and Swedish forward Gustav Possler have done well in their time at this week's USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Possler, a right wing taken in the fifth round (No. 130) of the 2013 NHL Draft, has a team-high four points (two goals, two assists) in three games.


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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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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 1:36 PM

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

United States, Finland trade goals in first period

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland's Aleksi Mustonen and the United States' Ian McCoshen traded goals in a first period that saw the teams finish the first period tied 1-1.

Mustonen opened the scoring at 9:43, following his own rebound and poking it past American goalie Anthony Stolarz.

McCoshen tied the game when his shot from just inside the blue line went off the stick of a Finnish player and bounced past goalie Joonas Korpisalo at 14:04.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Meghan Duggan relishes chance to skate with U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The American players who skated Thursday morning weren't scheduled to play Thursday against Finland, but they did get a special treat. Joining them for practice was Meghan Duggan, a member of the U.S. national women's team.

"I'm here for two weeks working a camp and staying at the [Olympic] Training Center," she told NHL.com. "I told the director of our program that I'm going to be here and she spread word to JJ [Jim Johansson, national junior team general manager]. He grabbed me the first day I was here and said listen, Thursday, 10:45, if you want to jump out with the guys, you can. I'm just honored. USA Hockey is a big family. It was great for me to be out there."


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 12:20 PM

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

Lineups for United States vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The United States will go with a new-look roster Thursday against Finland. Among the changes is a heavyweight line that features Henrik Samuelsson centering left wing Boo Nieves and right wing Adam Erne.

Anthony Stolarz will start in goal for the U.S., with Thatcher Demko backing up. Coach Don Lucia did not attend the morning skate for extra players, so there's no way of knowing if Stolarz will play the full game, or split time similar to how Lucia used Jon Gillies and Demko on Wednesday against Sweden.

For Finland, Olli Maatta will miss his second straight game. Also sitting out is Samu Markkula. Joonas Korpisalo will start in goal.


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Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 11:11 AM

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

Burke sees plenty of promise in Canadian goalies

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hockey Canada enlisted Sean Burke to help with its Program of Excellence with the hope that some of the success he's had working with NHL goalies as the Phoenix Coyotes' goaltending coach will help the next generation of Canadian goaltenders.

So far, Burke said he's been impressed by what he's seen from Eric Comrie, Zachary Fucale and Jake Paterson, the three goalies skating with the team this week as part of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"We have three excellent goaltenders here, all guys that are capable of playing very well," Burke told NHL.com. "This is a great opportunity for us to observe these guys."


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:08 PM

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

U.S. goalies Gillies, Demko praised by coach

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Though the United States lost 4-0 Wednesday to Sweden, coach Don Lucia said he was happy with the play of his two goalies, starter Jon Gillies and Thatcher Demko, who each played half the game.

"I thought they both made some real good saves tonight," Lucia said. "I'm not going to fault our goaltending in any way for the result of the game."

Gillies, a Calgary Flames prospect, finished with 19 saves on 22 shots in his 30 minutes. Demko, considered by some to be the top goaltending prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft class, stopped 16 of 17 shots.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:04 PM

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

Sweden plays without Collberg, Sundqvist

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden played Wednesday without two of its top six forwards, when Sebastian Collberg and Oskar Sundqvist were out of the lineup with injuries.

Collberg twisted his right knee during the second period of a game Monday against the USA White squad. Sundqvist sustained a neck injury when he collided with a metal stanchion in the final seconds of the second period.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 6:18 PM

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

Sweden blanks United States 4-0

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A scoreless third period brought to an end a 4-0 win for Sweden against the United States.

It was a disappointing for the U.S. in its first game with a cut-down squad. The Americans had three power plays in the third period, but rarely was able to create any quality scoring chances.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 5:32 PM

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

Sweden rolls to 4-0 lead vs. U.S. after 2 periods

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The second period saw the United States continue to commit penalties, and Sweden continue to take advantage of it.

Sweden scored three times in the second, including a pair of power-play goals, to take a 4-0 lead after two periods.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 4:51 PM

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

Tornkvist goal puts Sweden ahead of U.S. after first

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tobias Tornkvist, one of the top Swedish players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, scored the lone goal of the first period as Sweden took a 1-0 lead against the United States after one period here at Herb Brooks Arena.

Sweden out-shot the U.S. 13-7.

Each team had chances on its power play, but the American penalty killing was better than in previous split-squad games against Sweden. The U.S. killed both Sweden chances, including a hooking call on Stefan Matteau 20 seconds after Tornkvist's goal.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 3:57 PM

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

Canada's Comrie strong in first game after surgery

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- For his first game in nearly seven months, Eric Comrie acquitted himself quite nicely.

The Canada starting goalie, who last played Jan. 9 and had season-ending hip surgery in February, finished with 37 saves on 40 shots in Canada's 5-3 defeat of Finland on Wednesday.

He allowed a goal on the first shot he faced less than a minute into the game, but was strong throughout, including backstopping Canada to a perfect 6-for-6 effort on the penalty kill.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 3:42 PM

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

Lineups for United States vs. Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden will be without forwards Sebastian Collberg and Oskar Sundqvist from their game Wednesday against the United States.

Collberg twisted his right knee in the second period of a game Monday and did not return. Sundqvist sustained a neck injury when he collided with a metal stanchion in the same game.

Also out for Sweden is goaltender Oscar Dansk, as Marcus Hogberg will start, with 2014 NHL Draft prospect Jonas Johansson serving as the backup.

For the United States, Jon Gillies will start in goal, with Thatcher Demko the backup.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 3:40 PM

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

Canada scores three in third, tops Finland, 5-3

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Felix Girard had a goal and an assist as Canada finished off a 5-3 win against Finland.

Canada coach Brent Sutter reconfigured his lines for the third period, and the result was goals from Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Shinkaruk. Artturi Lehkonen scored for Finland.

Girard crashed the net to poke in a loose puck at 3:39 to put Canada ahead 3-2, and then Brendan Gaunce got credit for a goal from the crease after new-look heavy line of Gaunce, Anthony Mantha and Kerby Rychel created havoc in the Finland zone.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 2:18 PM

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

Canada, Finland tied after two periods as PKs shine

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Special teams told the story in the second period as penalty killers for Canada and Finland stood tall.

Finland's Saku Salminen scored the period's only goal at 3:07, one-timing a Jusse Ikonen pass past Eric Comrie to tie the game 2-2.

Canada's shorthanded unit kept Finland from doing any more damage, killing off a cross-checking call on Matthew Finn. It was the fourth successful kill for Canada in the game.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 1:48 PM

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

Reinhart, Gauthier give Canada lead against Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Goals from Sam Reinhart and Frederik Gauthier in a 27-second span gave Canada a 2-1 lead after one period against Finland.

Finland took a 1-0 lead on their first shot when Henri Ikonen fed a pass from below the goal line to Kasper Kapanen alone in front, and the top 2014 NHL Draft prospect didn't miss, beating Canada goalie Eric Comrie 51 seconds into the game.

Canada evened the game when Reinhart, potentially the top pick in the 2014 draft, showcased his offensive skills. He skated the puck around the Finland zone, lost it, got it back, spun and fired a rocket of a shot that beat Finland goalie Juuse Saros at 10:11.


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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 12:56 PM

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

Maatta not in Finland's lineup against Canada

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland will be without its top defenseman when it faces Canada on Wednesday here at Herb Brooks Arena.

Olli Maatta will sit out as Finland coach Karri Kivi gets a look at some of his other defensemen in high-level competition.

Finland also broke up its successful top line, shifting right wing Kasper Kapanen, a top 2014 NHL Draft prospect, to a line with center Topi Nattinen and left wing Henri Ikonen. Ville Leskinen will replace Kapanen on the right side of center Teuvo Teravainen and left wing Artturi Lehkonen.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.07.2013 / 9:48 AM

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

Skjei a natural go-between for USA teammates, Lucia

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Brady Skjei has been a valuable player for the United States during this week's junior evaluation camp. Not only for his skill with the puck, but for his role in translating coach Don Lucia's instructions to his teammates.

Skjei is the only player on the United States roster to play for Lucia, the coach at the University of Minnesota. As a freshman at Minnesota last season, the defenseman and New York Rangers first-round draft pick (No. 28, 2012) had three points and a plus-11 rating in 36 games.

With that built-in knowledge of how Lucia wants to play the game, Skjei served as a solid buffer over the first few days of the camp as the players adjusted.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 5:32 PM

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

Canadian players take a turn with kids

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The players who won't be part of Canada's lineup Wednesday against Finland skated after the main group, then got a bit of extra time after their session ended.

A youth hockey camp was booked on the ice at Herb Brooks Arena, but coach Brent Sutter wasn't quite ready to leave -- so he kept his whistle at the ready and got his players in line for drills with the kids.

The Canadian juniors mixed seamlessly with the youngsters, who appeared to range in age from 10 to 12.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 4:50 PM

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

Koekkoek finally able to show Canada what he can do

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Slater Koekkoek understood why he was left off Hockey Canada's original roster for the national junior team's summer evaluation camp. That isn't to say he liked not seeing his name there, however.

But an injury to New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech opened a spot, and Koekkoek was more than happy to spend a week of his summer in Brossard, Quebec and now here as part of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"After the first list came out it was as bit discouraging, but I knew it had a big part to do with my shoulder," Koekkoek told NHL.com. "Now that I got it cleared and everything, it's good looking forward here."


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 1:45 PM

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

U.S. coach enjoys first practice with smaller group

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With a smaller group for the first time, United States coach Don Lucia said Tuesday’s practice allowed him to really drill into his players how he wanted them play in all facets of the game.

"We got a lot accomplished today," he said after the 60-minute workout. "We had good tempo with our group. We tried to do some concepts with our guys, the way we want to try to play. It was the first time we've had the opportunity to do that. We got a lot of repetitions with that many guys on the ice. All in all, a good practice."

With six lines of forwards and five pairs of defensemen, it was tough for him to keep his eyes on everybody at all times, but Lucia said one line that continued to stand out was the trio of Daniel O'Regan centering Nicolas Kerdiles and Riley Barber.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 1:42 PM

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

Canada announces Wednesday lineup vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hours after arriving here, Canada was on the ice Tuesday afternoon for its first practice, and already announced its lineup for its first game, Wednesday against Finland.

Eric Comrie, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, will get the start in goal, with Zachary Fucale serving as the backup. Jake Paterson, who was the third goalie on the team that finished fourth in Sochi, Russia, at the 2013 World Junior Championship, will be a healthy scratch.

Also getting into the game will be Sam Reinhart, who will play right wing on a line with center Brendan Gaunce and left wing Kerby Rychel. Reinhart is the early leader to be the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 12:06 PM

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

Injured Swedes show improvement

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It was good news for a pair of Sweden players injured Monday during the second period of the team's 4-3 defeat of USA Blue.

Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg reported that forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Sebastian Collberg were feeling better Tuesday. However, neither player was on the ice for the team's optional on-ice practice, and Gronborg said both likely will would sit out Wednesday against Finland.

Sundqvist collided with the metal stanchion at the end of the Sweden bench near the end of the second period, but Gronborg said the Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick was feeling better Tuesday.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 7:46 AM

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

USA Hockey trims 12 from camp roster

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tuesday began with 12 players being sent home from the National Junior Evaluation Camp as USA Hockey trimmed its camp roster from 43 to 31 players.

"As a staff, we have been happy with the players' intensity and compete level," Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 United States national junior team. "The players released today will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games this week give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."

Of the 31 players remaining, there are 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies. The only goalie released was Collin Olson, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect. In two games for USA White, Olson allowed three goals on 32 shots, but stopped all 15 shots he faced Monday in a 5-2 win against Finland.

Remaining in net are goalies Jon Gillies, Anthony Stolarz and Thatcher Demko.

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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 9:01 PM

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

U.S. Evaluation Camp coaches prepare to make cuts

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With data from three days and four games, the hard part has come for United States coach Don Lucia and his staff -- which players to keep and which to send home.

The roster at this week's National Junior Evaluation Camp started at 44, but will be trimmed to 31 or 32 for the final four days of the camp.

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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 6:25 PM

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

USA White polishes off Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA White finally snapped the American skid at the National Junior Evaluation Camp by finishing off a 5-2 victory against Finland on Monday.

The biggest American contributions came from the line of Taylor Cammarata, Michael McCarron and Tyler Motte, who combined for two goals and four assists. Cammarata, a New York Islanders draft pick, had a goal and two assists, while McCarron, taken by the Montreal Canadiens with the 25th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and an assist.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 5:36 PM

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

USA White leads Finland 5-0 after two periods

LAKE PLACID, N.Y . -- USA White continued to roll in the second period, pushing its lead against Finland to 5-0 on goals by Ian McCoshen and Michael McCarron.

McCoshen and Taylor Cammarata, his teammate with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, combined to make it 4-0. McCarron added a power-play goal late in the period.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 4:59 PM

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

USA White races to 3-0 lead after first vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The first period was all USA White as Zach Stepan, Connor Clifton and Taylor Cammarata scored in the opening 20 minutes to give the Americans a 3-0 lead after one period.

With Finnish star Teuvo Teravainen in the penalty box, Cammarata controlled the puck just to the right of Finland goalie Joonas Korpisalo. With the defense focused on Cammarata, he sent the puck through the slot to Stepan, who tapped it into an open net at 6:22.

Zach Stepan took a pass from Cammarata and fired a shot from the right circle that got past Finland goalie Joonas Korpisalo.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 4:34 PM

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

Sweden updates injuries on two players

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg said center Oskar Sundqvist had a head and neck injury after hitting a corner metal stanchion in the second period of the game Monday against USA Blue, but did not need to go to the hospital.

Sundqvist, a Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick, was carrying the puck down the right side of the ice with USA Blue forward Vincent Hinostroza tracking him. Hinostroza attempted to angle Sundqvist off the puck along the wall, but instead the Swedish forward collided with the stanchion near the end of the Swedish bench in a play reminiscent to the one that injured the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty in 2011.

Sundqvist remained face-down on the ice for several moments, but eventually was able to get off the ice and walk to the locker room under his own power.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 4:00 PM

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

Lineups for USA White vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA White will juggle a few of its lines and defense pairings for Monday's game against Finland, while the Finnish lineup will look mostly the same from its first game, a 6-5 overtime win against USA Blue on Sunday.

Collin Olson will start in goal for USA White, and play about half the game. Jon Gillies, who started Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Sweden, will play the second half of the game.

Joonas Korpisalo, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, will start in goal for Finland.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 3:52 PM

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

Sweden holds off USA Blue for 4-3 victory

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA Blue made a strong push late for the tying goal, but Sweden was able to escape with a 4-3 win Monday at Herb Brooks Arena.

Alexander Wennberg gave Sweden a 4-2 lead with a shot from the slot that rocketed off the crossbar, dropped behind goalie Anthony Stolarz and dribbled across the goal line at 10:13. After a replay review, the goal counted.

USA Blue got within one on a nice individual effort by Vincent Hinostroza. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect carried the puck down low in the Sweden end, beat two Swedish players in a battle along the end boards, went behind the net and fed the puck to Will Butcher above the left circle. His shot beat goalie Marcus Hogberg at 17:43 to make it 4-3.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 2:37 PM

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

Wild second sees USA Blue rally to within 3-2

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A wild second period saw Sweden extend its lead to 3-0 before USA Blue rallied for a pair of goals to make it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes.

Besides the goals, however, were serious injuries to three players. USA Blue forward Stefan Matteau was knocked out of the game when he was hit hard in the head by Sweden's Anton Lindholm. Matteau turned in the defensive zone to receive a pass, and when he started up the ice, Lindholm appeared to launch himself into Matteau, making contact with the head of the New Jersey Devils prospect. Matteau remained on the ice for a few moments before skating off the ice and walking back to the locker room.

Lindholm was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 1:37 PM

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

Sweden up 2-0 after first on Collberg's PP goals

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- United States coach Don Lucia stressed improvement on the penalty kill with his players Monday morning, but after one period against Sweden, the USA Blue squad obviously needs more work.

Sweden got a pair of power-play goals from Sebastian Collberg to take a 2-0 lead after one period.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 12:34 PM

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

Lineups for USA Blue vs. Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- When USA Blue plays Sweden on Monday here at Herb Brooks Arena, there will be a slightly different look from its game Sunday against Finland, a 6-5 overtime loss.

Chief among them is Adam Erne replacing Nicolas Kerdiles at left on the team's most productive line from Sunday. Erne will skate with center Daniel O'Regan and right wing Riley Barber, while Kerdiles will play with center Dominic Toninato and right wing Vince Hinostroza.

The other main change comes in goal, where Thatcher Demko will start. He relieved starter Anthony Stolarz on Sunday and allowed five goals on 19 shots. Stolarz will play the second half of the game; he stopped 14 of 15 shots Sunday.

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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:45 AM

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

Finland coach seeing early promise from his squad

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With five games in seven days, Finland coach Karri Kivi is approaching this week's National Junior Evaluation Camp like a mini-tournament.

"It's like a tournament," Kivi told NHL.com. "I'd like to see how they handle it."

They started off nicely Sunday with a 6-5 overtime win against USA Blue.

Kivi, who coached Assat to the SM-liiga championship last season, said he didn't follow Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championship, when the team finished a disappointing seventh. Because of that, he said what happened in the past is done and it's time to move on.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:18 AM

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

O'Regan shows scoring prowess among his attributes

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- One of the early standouts at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation camp has been Daniel O'Regan, who scored twice in USA Blue's 6-5 overtime loss to Finland on Sunday, and nearly had a hat trick.

O'Regan's line -- he skated at center between Nicolas Kerdiles and Riley Barber -- looked the best of any of the two USA squads. The trio combined for two goals and five assists.

"The line with O'Regan and Kerdiles and Barber, I thought, was very good," USA coach Don Lucia said Sunday. "That's something we were hoping to see, them generate offense, and they did [Sunday]."


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 11:14 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Report: Sore foot sidelines Drouin at Canada camp

Jonathan Drouin, selected with the third pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2013 NHL Draft in June, sat out the second day of the Canadian National Junior Team's summer development camp on Monday in Brossard, Que.

Drouin, according to TSN.com, will be sidelined the next two days of the camp in Quebec with a sore foot. The camp is the first stage to selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 10:31 AM

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

As cuts loom, evaluation process continues for USA

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The third day of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp was more education in how coach Don Lucia wants his players to play.

USA White was the only group to take the ice Monday in preparation for their game against Finland (4:15 p.m. ET) here at Herb Brooks Arena. USA Blue stayed off the ice while getting ready for their game against Sweden (1 p.m. ET).

The big lesson for the day was on the penalty kill. Both games Sunday turned on how the two USA squads handled the opposition power play. In USA White's 4-2 loss to Sweden, they allowed three goals on nine Swedish power plays.


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Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 9:31 AM

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

Projected USA White lineup vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA White was the first group on the ice Monday, preparing for its afternoon game against Finland here at Herb Brooks Arena.

The team is coming off a 4-2 loss to Sweden on Sunday on the first day of games.

There will be a few line changes and shifts in defense pairings from the game Sunday as coach Don Lucia and his staff continue evaluating the 43 players remaining in camp.

Here is the lineup USA White could use based on morning line rushes:


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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 9:37 PM

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

Connor Clifton impresses for U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- While he didn't do anything that showed up on the score sheet, defenseman Connor Clifton, a 2013 fifth-round pick (No. 133) of the Phoenix Coyotes, certainly made his presence known for USA White in Sunday’s game against Sweden.

Clifton was a strong presence in the defensive zone, blocking shots, being physical and having a smart stick in the passing lanes.

"The big thing I noticed about Connor was his work ethic," USA White defenseman Patrick Sieloff told NHL.com. "He's a guy that's going to get in your face. He likes to make that hit if it's there. He's going to be an agitator. He keeps it simple but he's got that mean streak to him."

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 9:23 PM

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

Despite losses, U.S. coach likes what he sees

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After watching his players in action in two games Sunday, United States coach Don Lucia started the evaluation process for what could end up as his roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

While the final scores didn't go the way he wanted -- USA White lost 4-2 to Sweden and USA Blue was beaten 6-5 in overtime by Finland -- Lucia said there was a lot to like.

"We've had one 45-minute practice, that's it," Lucia said. "We wanted to spend most of the time worrying about evaluating what we have. That's the whole point, especially early in the week before we make some cuts. [Have the players] do the things they did, why they were selected to come here. Let's not worry so much about systems, go play. We gave them a little bit of a structure [and] 5-on-5 they were fine, did a good job. You could see the penalty kill, which we haven't spent any time on, we struggled there, which is no surprise."

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 6:20 PM

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

Finland rallies, beats USA Blue in OT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A wild flurry of goals saw USA Blue score twice in 29 seconds in the third period to take a 5-4 lead, only to watch Finland tie it with 11 seconds left in regulation and win it 41 seconds into overtime in a 6-5 victory Sunday.

Gage Ausmus was called for closing his hand on the puck at 25 seconds of overtime, and it didn't take long for Finland to take advantage of the 4-on-3 power play.

Teuvo Teravainen and Olli Maatta worked the puck around the perimeter, with Teravainen, who finished with two goals and two assists, getting the puck over to Pokka. The New York Islanders prospect ripped a shot from the left faceoff dot past USA Blue goalie Thatcher Demko to win it.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 5:30 PM

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

Finland grabs 3-2 lead on USA Blue

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Things opened up a bit in the second period, with a pair of goals by Finland giving it a 3-2 lead.

Ville Leskinen put Finland ahead when he rocketed down the right side, barreled in on USA Blue goalie Anthony Stolarz and beat him with a backhand to the short side at 10:59.

Artturi Lehkonen put Finland up by a pair when he scored a power-play goal halfway through a penalty on USA Blue's Nick Ebert.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 5:20 PM

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

Dansk helps Sweden beat U.S.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Silver never will be as good as gold, but Sweden goalie Oscar Dansk still was able to enjoy a win against USA White in the opener of USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp on Sunday.

It was the first time Sweden and the United States had met since the gold-medal game of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, when the Americans' won the gold medal with a 3-1 victory. Dansk was the third goalie for that game.

Sunday, however, he was the starter and made 15 saves on 17 shots in Sweden's 4-2 victory.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 5:05 PM

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

USA Blue, Finland tied after first period

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA Blue and Finland finished the first period of their game at Herb Brooks Arena tied 1-1.

A pair of Washington Capitals prospects opened the scoring for USA Blue. Riley Barber made a beautiful cross-ice pass through the slot to a cutting Conner Carrick, who finished the play at 5:16.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 4:08 PM

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

Lineups for USA Blue vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The second game of the doubleheader here at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will feature USA Blue facing Finland.

The USA Blue squad will feature Riley Barber, one of three players back from the team that won the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Another player to keep an eye on is defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, who plays for the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League and should be one of the top players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 3:07 PM

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

Sweden beats USA White in opener

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden took advantage of two more USA White penalties to earn a 4-2 win in the first day of exhibition games at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

After Tommy Vannelli was called for delay of game at 14:59, Lucas Wallmark took advantage when he took a pass from Sebastian Collberg and whipped a shot from the right side over goalie Collin Olson at 15:56.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 2:23 PM

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

USA White 2, Sweden 2 after two

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The teams traded goals in the second period, and 40 minutes were tied 2-2.

Anton Lindholm scored Sweden's lone goal as his wrist shot from the point eluded USA White goalie Collin Olson at 13:02. Just 1:12 later, though, Andrew Copp scored to tie the game.

Olson replaced Jon Gillies in the American goal halfway through the period.

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Posted On Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 1:59 PM

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

Grzelcyk, Burakovsky score early in scrimmage

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After one period in the first exhibition game at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation camp, USA White and Sweden are tied 1-1.

USA White's Matthew Grzelcyk, a Boston Bruins prospect, opened the scoring 3:28 into the game with a power-play goal set up by Michael Brodzinski.

Just more than two minutes later, a penalty on USA White let Sweden tie the game on a power-play goal by Andre Burakovsky, the Washington Capitals' first pick at the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Friday, 08.02.2013 / 7:25 PM

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

U.S. World Junior camp starts this weekend

The first step in picking the teams for the 2014 World Junior Championship starts this weekend, when the United States, Finland and Sweden arrive in Lake Placid, N.Y., to take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The teams will practice and play exhibition games from Aug. 3-10 on the Herb Brooks 1980 Arena ice at the Olympic Training Center.

Canada will join them in Lake Placid after a two-day camp Aug. 4-5 in Brossard, Quebec, at the Montreal Canadiens' training site.

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