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Posted On Wednesday, 08.05.2015 / 8:40 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Top prospect Matthews to decide on '15-16 team soon

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Center Auston Matthews, who many project will be the top pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, said Wednesday he likely will make his decision on where he will play this season after United States National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The camp, which will help determine the U.S. roster for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, runs through Saturday at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

Matthews (6-foot-2, 194 pounds), who represented his country at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto, spoke Wednesday after the U.S. won an exhibition game against Finland 5-4 in overtime.

"There's no (updated) news and I'm really just focused on this camp and wanting to continue to make an impression on the USA coaching staff," Matthews said. "A decision should be made shortly after this camp."

Posted On Wednesday, 08.05.2015 / 3:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

U.S. golden in previous World Juniors trip to Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The United States won gold at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship, the last time Finland hosted the tournament.

The core of that team was Patrick O'Sullivan, Zach Parise, Patrick Eaves, Matt Carle, Ryan Kesler and captain Mark Stuart. The U.S. had won gold two years earlier at the World Under-18 Championship in Slovakia, and it was favored to have similar success against the top junior-aged players in the world.

In the championship game against Canada, a team comprised of Ryan Getzlaf, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury and Dion Phaneuf, the United States won 4-3 to capture its first gold medal at the tournament.

Posted On Wednesday, 08.05.2015 / 1:50 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Aug. 5, 2015

Here is the Aug. 5 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the summer. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

What place do the New York Islanders finish in the Metropolitan Division? Do we win a playoff round? -- @Fio242

The Islanders look like a playoff team on paper. I'd put them in that 3-4-5 range in the Metropolitan Division, behind the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers and in the mix with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. I couldn't tell you if they're going to win a round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because I don't know who they'll be playing, how healthy they'll be, etc. They should have the ability to win a round or two.

They didn't do much in the offseason except bring in Thomas Greiss as the backup to Jaroslav Halak. They are likely going to rely on Ryan Pulock to be a regular defenseman for them. He has a lot of potential, a great deal of upside. The top of the defense looks good with Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic and Calvin de Haan. My big question is if this defense is deep enough that it can withstand an injury or two? I'm not sure that it can.

The offense is strong so they should be able to score goals, as they did last season. I'm very curious to see if Ryan Strome can build on his 50-point season and if Anders Lee, who has a new four year contract, can build on his 25-goal season.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 11:04 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Point leads Canada past Czech Republic in exhibition

CALGARY -- Coach Dave Lowry asked those returning from a gold-medal finish at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship to be leaders during Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp this week.

Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning) took him literally.

Point had two goals and three assists to lead Canada to a 7-1 win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.

"He wants us to work hard and to set a pace," Point said. "I think as a group we're trying to work our hardest and lead by example. You want to be a leader, but you definitely want to take care of your game first and then try to lead. I just tried to do that tonight."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 9:00 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Canada names 22-player roster for Hlinka Cup

CALGARY -- Michael McLeod, a potential first-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft, was among 22 players picked to represent Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

The U-18 tournament will be played in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Breclav, Czech Republic, from Aug. 10-15. Canada has won the tournament the past seven years and 19 times in the 24 times it's been held since 1991.

"For success, great athletes thrive on pressure and great teams thrive on pressure," Canada coach Stan Butler said. "There's no doubt going over there as the favorite having won this tournament numerous times, anything less than that is going to be disappointing for everybody involved."

The roster was picked after a five-day selection camp at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 5:40 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

McCann, Perlini to miss rest of Canada camp

CALGARY -- Forwards Jared McCann (Vancouver Canucks) and Brendan Perlini (Arizona Coyotes) will be held out of the rest of Canada's national junior team summer development camp for precautionary reasons, Hockey Canada said Tuesday.

McCann was injured on a hit from defenseman Nikita Zhuldikov 57 seconds into the second period of Canada's 4-1 win against Russia at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park. He did not return to the game.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 12:24 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Tuch to miss remainder of WJC camp with knee injury

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch, who sustained a knee injury in the first period of an exhibition game at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, will not play in any of the United States' three remaining games.

Tuch was injured in the first period of a 10-3 loss to Finland on Monday at Lake Placid Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. He will remain with the U.S. for the duration of the camp that concludes Saturday.

Tuch, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed shot, had 14 goals and 28 points in 37 games for Boston College in Hockey East last season. He was selected No. 18 by the Wild in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 11:10 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Cumiskey brings Cup to family, friends in Abbotsford

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kyle Cumiskey enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Abbotsford, British Columbia, on Tuesday.

Cumiskey, 28, played in seven regular-season games for the Blackhawks and nine Stanley Cup Playoff games. It was the first time winning the Stanley Cup for Cumiskey, who started his career by spending five seasons with the Colorado Avalanche.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 9:22 AM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Marner wows for Canada in exhibition win vs. Russia

CALGARY -- It was the first impression Mitchell Marner was hoping to leave on Hockey Canada coach Dave Lowry.

Marner, selected with the fourth pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, was dynamic in making several highlight reel plays in a 4-1 win against Russia on Monday during Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park.

"He's a world-class player and he's a highly skilled individual," Lowry said. "He was fun for us to watch. It's the first time we've had eyes on him live and in a game. He performed exceptionally. I thought he was outstanding. There's a reason why Toronto drafted him when they did. He's an exceptional player. It was nice to see it live."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 8:56 AM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2016 World Junior evaluation camp blog

Canada forward McCann leaves game with injury

CALGARY -- Canada forward Jared McCann, selected with the 24th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, sustained an injury during an exhibition game against Russia on Monday at their National Junior Evaluation Camp.

McCann took a high hit from Russia defenseman Nikita Zhuldikov 57 seconds into the second period of Canada's 4-1 win at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park. He did not return to the game.

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