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Posted On Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 4:07 PM

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

Zacha, Zboril invited to Czech camp in Calgary

Center Pavel Zacha and defenseman Jakub Zboril, each first-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, highlight the roster of Czech Republic players invited to participate in Canada's junior development camp in Calgary next month.

The camp, which will be held from Aug. 1-6, will feature practices and exhibition games against Canada and Russia. Zacha, selected No. 6 by the New Jersey Devils, and Zboril (Boston Bruins, No. 13) will be among 22 players attending the camp that will help establish the roster for Czech Republic at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 10:39 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - July 22, 2015

Here is the July 22 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:

Just how dangerous can the Columbus Blue Jackets be this year? -- @BlueJacketdad

They're a team to watch in the Metropolitan Division. If they stay healthy, they're a playoff team. So clearly I think they'll be pretty dangerous this season. I particularly love the combination of Ryan Johansen and Brandon Saad on the top line, if it works out that way. Saad is on the cusp of becoming a star player in the NHL. Johansen is already there. It should make for an excellent combination. I'd put the Blue Jackets as third or fourth in the Metropolitan Division behind the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, and neck and neck with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 2:12 PM

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

Jets captain Ladd sees reasons for optimism

Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd has won the Stanley Cup twice, which means he's doubly aware of how important a team's ability to overcome adversity such as slumps, injuries or in-season trades is in regards to sustaining success.

Ladd saw the Jets develop that ability last season, when they made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the franchise moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. It's a big reason why Ladd is so optimistic heading into this season.

Yes, the Jets lost in four games to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, but it's how they got there in the first place that has their captain thinking better days are ahead.

"There is the obvious disappointment of feeling we could have done more, but then you sit back and look at the stuff we overcame," said Ladd, who won the Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. "Whether it was having your top four D-men out and we held things together, and then the Evander Kane situation, to lose one of our top six forwards, bring new guys in, we never seemed to miss a beat. We kept going. I think that's the biggest takeaway, how we dealt with that adversity and now knowing we can overcome those things."

Posted On Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 10:43 AM

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

Kimmo Timonen finally gets his day with the Cup

It took Kimmo Timonen 16 seasons before he won the Stanley Cup, but the since-retired Chicago Blackhawks defenseman spent his day with the Cup on Tuesday.

Timonen, 40, missed most of last season with blood clots and wasn't sure if he'd get to play again. He was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Blackhawks in February and played in 16 regular-season games and 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 9:13 AM

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

Chabot added to Canada junior development camp

Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Thomas Chabot, a first-round selection of the Ottawa Senators in the 2015 NHL Draft, has been added to Canada's national junior team development camp roster in Calgary.

Chabot will be among 40 players attending the camp that will help establish the roster for Canada in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Chabot will replace Oshawa Generals defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel (New York Islanders, 2015), who sustained an injury and is unable to attend.

The camp will be held from Aug. 1-6, and feature practices and exhibition games against the Czech Republic and Russia.


Posted On Monday, 07.20.2015 / 4:38 PM

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

St. Louis talks retirement, career, Rangers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Martin St. Louis on Monday made his first public comments since announcing his retirement in a press release July 2. He spoke about why he decided to retire and what he will be doing now.

There was, however, more to St. Louis' near 20-minute press conference. Here are some more quotes and tidbits from St. Louis:

St. Louis said the fact that he is a retired hockey player has already hit him because he has so much free time this summer.

"It's the first time in my life there is no agenda," he said. "I don't have to go training. I don't have to answer to anybody. It's actually a really nice place to be. I have enjoyed being with my kids. Every summer I am anyway, but when you're training, you're preparing for a season there is always a little stress that comes with that in the preparation, are you ready, are you not ready, are you doing everything you can. Now there is none of that. None of that crosses my mind. It's definitely a great place to be."

Posted On Monday, 07.20.2015 / 1:26 PM

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

Teravainen celebrates with Stanley Cup in Finland

The Stanley Cup arrived Monday in Finland, where Chicago Blackhawks forward Teuvo Teravainen celebrated with his family.

Shortly after arriving, Teravainen took a boat ride to Sauna Island in Helsinki.

Teravainen had four goals and nine points in 34 regular-season games and four goals and 10 points in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Posted On Monday, 07.20.2015 / 9:23 AM

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

USA Hockey sets junior evaluation camp rosters

Center Auston Matthews and left wing Matthew Tkachuk, each projected to be selected top-five in the 2016 NHL Draft, will be representing Team White when the United States holds its national junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 1-8.

USA Hockey announced the rosters for Team White and Team Blue for the opening three days of practices and scrimmages against Finland and Sweden. The 39 invitees will be auditioning for spots on the team that will represent the country at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26, 2015-Jan. 5, 2016.

Posted On Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 10:40 PM

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

Stanley Cup goes through customs on way to Finland

The Stanley Cup went through customs in Chicago on Sunday before heading to Finland.

The Cup was on display at the Chicago Blackhawks' annual fan convention over the weekend.

Three Finnish members of Chicago's 2015 Stanley Cup championship team will get to share the Cup with family, friends and fans this week.

Teuvo Teravainen will have the Cup Monday, followed by Kimmo Timonen on Tuesday and Antti Raanta on Thursday.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 4:41 PM

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

Perron's role undefined after Kessel joins Penguins

David Perron's immediate reaction was of excitement when the news broke on July 1 that the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Phil Kessel in a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"He's a guy that can certainly score 50 goals in a season," Perron told NHL.com in a phone interview Wednesday from his offseason home in Magog, Quebec. "It's going to be fun to watch how he's going to react to everything."

Perron insists that at the time the Penguins made the trade he didn't consider what acquiring Kessel means for his spot on the Penguins' depth chart, and potentially in Pittsburgh's top-six group of forwards.

It's worth considering because Kessel's presence could have an effect on Perron.

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