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Posted On Friday, 12.14.2012 / 2:10 PM

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

Nugent-Hopkins named Canada's captain for WJC

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Less than 24 hours after solidifying the roster for the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, later this month, Canadian National Junior Team coach Steve Spott named his captain.

Not surprisingly, forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will don the "C" on his Canadian jersey when he represents his country at the WJC for the first time. Nugent-Hopkins, the first selection of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, is in his last year of WJC eligibility.

Additionally, defenseman Scott Harrington (Pittsburgh Penguins) and forward Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) were named alternates. Spott made the announcement Saturday prior to Canada's departure for Helsinki, Finland, for a pre-competition camp.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.13.2012 / 7:20 PM

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

Struggling Subban rebounds, named to WJC team

Entering this week's selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, there were several players considered to be virtual locks as starters for the Canadian National Junior Team at the 2013 World Junior Championship later this month.

Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League -- one of four goalies invited to the camp -- was among the "locks." Fact is, however, Subban's lackluster performance through the first two exhibition games was rather un-Subban-like.

During the four-game series in the Canada-Russia Challenge in August, Subban was superb, allowing four goals for a 1.97 goals-against average in two victories. In five appearances for Canada's Under-18 National Team, the 6-foot-1, 187-pound goalie sported an impressive 2.98 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Perhaps that's why coaches and fans were willing to give Subban the benefit of a doubt through the first two days of selection camp. But there's no question Subban realizes he must play better. After all, the 2013 WJC will be the biggest event of his hockey career.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.13.2012 / 7:16 PM

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

Canada sets final 23-man roster for WJC

The last day of Canada's National Junior Team selection camp at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary also provided the final round of cuts as coach Steve Spott trimmed his roster in preparation for the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, later this month.

The eight players released Thursday were forwards Mark McNeill (Chicago Blackhawks) of the Prince Albert Raiders, Daniel Catenacci (Buffalo Sabres) of the Owen Sound Attack, Tom Wilson (Washington Capitals) of the Plymouth Whalers and Hunter Shinkaruk (2013 draft eligible) of Medicine Hat Tigers; defensemen Mathew Dumba (Minnesota Wild) of the Red Deer Rebels, Frank Corrado (Vancouver Canucks) of the Sudbury Wolves, Ryan Sproul (Detroit Red Wings) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds; and goalie Laurent Brossoit (Calgary Flames) of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Spott's 23-man roster consists of 13 forwards, seven defenseman, two goalies and one emergency goalie in case of injury. The club will depart for pre-competition camp in Finland on Saturday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 2:48 PM

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

Canada sets camp lineup against University of Alberta

Hockey Canada released the names of a dozen players not participating in Wednesday's game against the University of Alberta on Day 2 of World Junior selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mark Scheifele, Phillip Danault, Brett Ritchie, Charles Hudon, Boone Jenner, Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Strome are healthy scratches, along with defensemen Dougie Hamilton, Scott Harrington, Morgan Rielly, and Xavier Ouellet (ankle sprain).

It's interesting to note that six of the players are returnees from last year's bronze medal-winning club at the 2012 World Junior Championship, including Hamilton, Harrington, Scheifele, Jenner, Huberdeau and Strome.

Goalies Laurent Brossoit, Jordan Binnington, Jake Paterson and Malcolm Subban will be playing. Binnington and Subban will split duty for Canada and Paterson and Brossoit share the cage for Alberta.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 1:32 PM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen excited to be ranked among USHL elite

Ian McCoshen is in his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. The 6-foot-2.5, 207-pound defenseman, rated No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list of skaters from the USHL, has produced one goal, five points and a plus-15 rating in 13 games this season. McCoshen has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com all season long leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hi everyone:

It feels great to be back playing with the guys again. We have not been having the same success as we did the beginning of the year, and that has been challenging. We know as a group that it takes a complete buy-in from every guy in order for our team to be successful once again.

Being at the top of our division is a good feeling. But we have to realize that we cannot take any days off and that the other teams want our spot. In the USHL Western Conference right now, only seven points separate the leader from the team in seventh place

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 10:18 AM

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

MacKinnon and Drouin impress at Canada camp

Even when they're not performing their magic together for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are inseparable.

The dynamic duo, who have combined for 41 goals and 100 points with the Mooseheads this season, were again in the spotlight on Tuesday during Hockey Canada's selection camp intrasquad game for Team Red against White.

"I think they were both nervous early," Canada head coach Steve Spott said after Red's 3-1 win. "Both kids made plays with the puck that they didn't look like [17-year-old] kids to me. They looked like 19 or 20 year olds out there, so I thought both kids played real well."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 4:33 PM

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

CHL award for Lethbridge's Yakubowski

The accolades keep piling up for Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski. First it was being named WHL player of the week. And Tuesday, he was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week.

The highlight of Yakubowski's week was his five-goal game Friday in an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. In two WHL seasons, it was the first time he had scored more than two goals in a game.

Yakubowski's big week saw him total six goals and three assists, and gives him a team-high 19 goals this season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 12:10 PM

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

Yakubowski named WHL player of the week

With nine points in three games last week, Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski has been named Denny's WHL Player of the Week.

It's the second straight week Yakubowski has been honored, after he had eight points in four games the week before. He's just the second player this season to repeat as player of the week, along with fellow 2013 NHL Draft prospect J.C. Lipon of the Kamloops Blazers.

Yakubowski's week started Dec. 5, when he assisted on two of the first three Hurricanes goals en route to a 6-2 Lethbridge win against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Then came Dec. 7, when he scored five goals in an 8-7 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. It was just the fourth multi-goal game of his WHL career, and the first time he scored more than two in a game. Then on Dec. 8, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 defeat of the Kootenay Ice.

On the season Yakubowski leads the Hurricanes with 19 goals and is second with 32 points in 35 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 11:50 AM

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

Omaha pair, Lindgren honored by USHL

A pair of Omaha Lancers teammates were among the three 2013 NHL Draft prospects honored by the United States Hockey League for their play last week.

Forward Kyle Osterberg was named CCM Forward of the Week and teammate Matias Cleland was named CCM Defenseman of the Week. In addition, Charlie Lindgren of the Sioux Falls Stampede has been named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Osterberg, a 5-foot-7.5, 171-pound forward, scored twice Friday in a 4-3 win against Team USA. His first goal, a power-play score with 4:10 left in the first, put Omaha up 3-1. Team USA rallied to tie the game, but Osterberg came up big at 3:56 of the third, putting Omaha ahead for good. He also had an assist Friday for his first USHL three-point game. It also was his first two-goal game.

On Saturday his power-play goal late in the second period that put Omaha up 4-1 against the Lincoln Stars proved to be the difference as Lincoln rallied in the third to make it a 4-3 game.

Cleland has four assists in both games, including primary assists on both of Osterberg's game-winners. He had two assists in Friday's win against Team USA, and then two more in Saturday's 4-3 win against Lincoln. The 5-10.5, 185-pound blueliner has 14 points in 20 games since being acquired by Omaha early in the season. His 16 points overall are tied for second among USHL defensemen.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 11:14 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Defenseman Lindholm assigned to Sweden for WJC

The Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday announced that they have reassigned defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who had been playing with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk, to Sweden for participation in the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Sweden, the defending gold medalist, heads the Group A field with Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Latvia. The Group B field includes Russia, the United States, Canada, Slovakia and Germany. Sweden head coach Roger Rönnberg will take 25 players to training camp on Dec. 15 in Norrtälje, Sweden, before continuing with preparation games in Finland right through Dec. 22. The Swedes will open the 2013 WJC against the Czech Republic on Dec. 26. The roster must be trimmed to 23 by Dec. 25.

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