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Posted On Saturday, 12.22.2012 / 8:34 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Barkov stars as Finland tops United States

Alexander Barkov showed why he's considered one of the top players available for the 2013 NHL Draft, scoring a goal and adding two assists in the third period as Finland topped the United States 5-1 on Saturday in the final exhibition game for both teams heading into the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Finland scored three power-play goals in the third period to blow open what had been a one-goal game for the first two periods.

Alexander Barkov

Blake Pietila scored the lone goal for the United States. Goalie John Gibson, the likely starter when the U.S. team opens the WJC on Dec. 27 against Germany, made 25 saves.

The United States arrived in Finland for its two exhibition games with 26 players, and will make final cuts Sunday to get down to the final 23-player roster.

Finland led 1-0 after two periods on Robert Leino's goal at 15:47 of the first, but didn't need much time in the third to increase their advantage.

With two seconds left on a Seth Jones penalty assessed in the final minute of the second, Finland got a power-play goal from Markus Granlund 1:06 into the third. Just 1:13 later Barkov made it 3-0 when he scored from right in front of the U.S. goal.

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Posted On Friday, 12.21.2012 / 10:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Top goalies star in pair of QMJHL victories

The top two goalies from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, as ranked by NHL Central Scouting, starred in victories on Friday.

Zachary Fucale of Halifax, ranked No. 1 in Central Scouting's preliminary league rankings, made 22 saves in a 5-1 win over Saint John.

Fucale is 22-3-1 this season.

Halifax played without the No. 1 and 2 ranked skaters, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. The forwards are preparing to compete for Canada in next week's World Junior Championship.

No. 2 ranked goalie Philippe Desrosiers made 43 saves for Rimouski in a 4-3 win over Quebec.

Rimouski was outshot 33-10 and trailing 2-1 after two periods. Desrosiers is 14-7-4.

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Posted On Friday, 12.21.2012 / 11:47 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

McNeill added to Canadian roster for WJC; Hudon out

Hockey Canada announced on Friday that forward Mark McNeill of the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western Hockey League will join the Canadian National Junior Team in Finland on Saturday as an injury replacement.

McNeill will replace Charles Hudon of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Hudon, who reportedly is suffering from a back injury, will return to Canada on Sunday.

McNeill was one of the eight final players cut from Canada's selection camp in Calgary earlier this month. The Edmonton native has represented Canada at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship in Germany and also played for Team Pacific at the 2010 U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Timmins, Ontario. McNeill was selected in the first round (No. 18) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Draft.


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Posted On Thursday, 12.20.2012 / 3:21 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. beats Sweden in overtime in exhibition game

The U.S. national junior team started its European excursion on a positive note.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scored at 1:38 of overtime to give the United States a 3-2 victory in its exhibition game against Sweden.

Connor Murphy and Ryan Hartman also scored for the United States as it prepares to improve on last year's seventh-place finish when it arrives in Ufa, Russia for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The U.S. team opens tournament play Dec. 27 against Germany.

Emil Molin and Rickard Rakell scored for Sweden.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.20.2012 / 2:06 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S, Sweden tied 2-2 after two periods

The U.S. and Sweden each had a goal in the second period of their exhibition game, and after 40 minutes the game is tied 2-2.

Ryan Hartman, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, had the U.S. goal. Mario Lucia stole the puck behind the Sweden net and flipped a nice backhand pass through the slot to Hartman, who one-timed the puck past goalie Niklas Lundstrom 3:48 into the period.

The U.S. lead held up until the final seconds of the period. With Connor Murphy off for high-sticking, Sweden worked the puck in the U.S. end on the power play. Rickard Rakell took a pass and skated into the right faceoff circle. His shot from the dot beat U.S. goalie Jon Gillies under his blocker with 34 seconds left in the period to tie the game 2-2.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.20.2012 / 1:23 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S, Sweden tied after one period

After 20 minutes of action, the U.S. and Sweden are tied 1-1 in their exhibition game.

Sweden struck first when Emil Molin took a pass from Linus Froberg and fired a shot from the edge of the left faceoff circle that went between the arm and body of U.S. goalie Garret Sparks just 2:35 into the game.

Moments later, the U.S. took advantage of its first power play when Connor Murphy scored at 4:51. Murphy faked a shot from the top of the circle, skated into the high slot and fired a shot over the glove of Sweden goalie Niklas Lundstrom to tie the game.

Each team had chances to break the tie, including a 63-second two-man advantage for Sweden late in the first. However, the U.S. killed it off and even generated two quality shorthanded scoring chances.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.20.2012 / 12:29 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada falls to Finland in WJC exhibition game

Griffin Reinhart and Mark Scheifele scored 36 seconds apart in the second period, but Canada was unable to protect its lead and lost to Finland 3-2 in its first pre-WJC exhibition game, played in Vantaa, Finland.

Canada trailed 1-0 after one period, but Reinhart scored 3:05 into the second period to tie the score, then Scheifele gave Canada a 2-1 lead at 3:41.

But with Scheifele in the penalty box for tripping, Ville Jarvelainen scored a power-play goal at 10:02 of the second to even the game.

In the third, Miro Aaltonen scored to put Finland ahead for good at 7:16.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.20.2012 / 12:01 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Forsberg named Sweden captain for WJC

Sweden has named Washington Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg captain for its team at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Filip Forsberg

Forsberg, the 11th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, has nine goals and 10 assists in 19 games this season with Leksand in Sweden's Allsvenskan.

He had one assist in six games at last year's tournament as Sweden won the gold medal for the first time in 30 years.

Named as alternate captains were Jeremy Boyce-Rotevall and Rickard Rakell. Rakell, taken by the Anaheim Ducks with the 30th pick of the 2011 draft, had two goals and three assists in six games for Sweden in last year's tournament. Boyce-Rotevall, eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, was scoreless in six games at last year's tournament.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.19.2012 / 4:26 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Zarowny named CHL Goalie of the Week

Brett Zarowny of the Prince George Cougars has been named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week. He won two of three games last week, and stopped 88 of 91 shots in the process.

Zarowny started his week last Tuesday, making 33 saves on 35 shots in 2-0 home loss to the Swift Current Broncos. Over the weekend, though, he played his best hockey, including a pair of wins against the Vancouver Chiefs. On Saturday he stopped all 23 shots in a 6-0 win that earned him his second WHL shutout. One night later, he made tied his season-high with 35 saves in a 2-1 win against the Chiefs.

In his first WHL season, Zarowny is 8-7-0 in 17 games, with a 2.97 goals-against average, .910 and two shutouts.

The 17-year-old goalie was rated as a C player to watch in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.19.2012 / 1:15 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Zadorov cut from Russia team

London Knights defenseman and top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nikita Zadorov will not be playing for Russia at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Zadorov posted Wednesday on his personal Twitter account, "I not going to Ufa #WJC2013 I coming back to London."

A 6-foot-5.25, 230-pound blueliner, Zadorov is No. 7 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of Ontario Hockey League skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft. He has two goals and 10 assists in 31 games for London, and his plus-26 rating leads all first-year OHL players, and is fifth overall.

Also reportedly released from the team is center Bogdan Yakimov. The 6-5, 202-pound forward plays for Penza in Russia's second division, and is No. 2 on Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of Russian skaters for this year's draft.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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