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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."

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.


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.

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."


Posted On Thursday, 08.08.2013 / 9:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Handzus greeted by 10,000 in Slovakia

An estimated crowd of 10,000 attended a rally Thursday for Michal Handzus when the Chicago Blackhawks forward brought the Stanley Cup to his home country of Slovakia.

Handzus took the trophy to his hometown of Banska Bystrica, where the 36-year-old rode through the streets.

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."

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.


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.


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.


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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