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Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 5:17 PM

By Michael Langr - Correspondent / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Frolik welcomes Stanley Cup to Czech Republic

KLADNO, Czech Republic -- Since being involved in a draft-day trade at the end of June, Michael Frolik has been a member of the Winnipeg Jets. But Tuesday, the Stanley Cup champion was a Chicago Blackhawk for one more day.

The Stanley Cup arrived in the Czech wing's hometown of Kladno, about 25 miles west of Prague, and its suburban village, Kamenné Žehrovice, to honor one of the two Czech countrymen who celebrated a championship in June with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wednesday, the trophy will appear in the central village of Vlašim, the hometown of Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival.

"It's a big day for me. I am definitely enjoying it," Frolik said after the Cup arrived in the Czech Republic from Chicago. "I came to the airport to welcome the Cup by myself, then we brought it to my house. I am glad we had it at home first and could take some pictures with my family."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 4:50 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Koekkoek finally able to show Canada what he can do

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Slater Koekkoek understood why he was left off Hockey Canada's original roster for the national junior team's summer evaluation camp. That isn't to say he liked not seeing his name there, however.

But an injury to New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech opened a spot, and Koekkoek was more than happy to spend a week of his summer in Brossard, Quebec and now here as part of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"After the first list came out it was as bit discouraging, but I knew it had a big part to do with my shoulder," Koekkoek told "Now that I got it cleared and everything, it's good looking forward here."

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 1:45 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

U.S. coach enjoys first practice with smaller group

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With a smaller group for the first time, United States coach Don Lucia said Tuesday’s practice allowed him to really drill into his players how he wanted them play in all facets of the game.

"We got a lot accomplished today," he said after the 60-minute workout. "We had good tempo with our group. We tried to do some concepts with our guys, the way we want to try to play. It was the first time we've had the opportunity to do that. We got a lot of repetitions with that many guys on the ice. All in all, a good practice."

With six lines of forwards and five pairs of defensemen, it was tough for him to keep his eyes on everybody at all times, but Lucia said one line that continued to stand out was the trio of Daniel O'Regan centering Nicolas Kerdiles and Riley Barber.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 1:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Canada announces Wednesday lineup vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hours after arriving here, Canada was on the ice Tuesday afternoon for its first practice, and already announced its lineup for its first game, Wednesday against Finland.

Eric Comrie, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, will get the start in goal, with Zachary Fucale serving as the backup. Jake Paterson, who was the third goalie on the team that finished fourth in Sochi, Russia, at the 2013 World Junior Championship, will be a healthy scratch.

Also getting into the game will be Sam Reinhart, who will play right wing on a line with center Brendan Gaunce and left wing Kerby Rychel. Reinhart is the early leader to be the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 12:06 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

Injured Swedes show improvement

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It was good news for a pair of Sweden players injured Monday during the second period of the team's 4-3 defeat of USA Blue.

Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg reported that forwards Oskar Sundqvist and Sebastian Collberg were feeling better Tuesday. However, neither player was on the ice for the team's optional on-ice practice, and Gronborg said both likely will would sit out Wednesday against Finland.

Sundqvist collided with the metal stanchion at the end of the Sweden bench near the end of the second period, but Gronborg said the Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick was feeling better Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 10:00 AM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Who has edge -- Fleury or Vokoun?

While everything seemed to come crashing down for Marc-Andre Fleury during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, fantasy owners would be wise not to hold his postseason struggles against him when they're looking for goaltending this season.

Fleury got a vote of confidence from Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma in June, which indicates he'll be in position to reclaim the team's starting job. If that's the case, he certainly deserves top-15 consideration among fantasy goalies heading into 2013-14 -- despite the negative perception surrounding his value these days.

Didn't backup Tomas Vokoun clearly outplay Fleury in the playoffs? Doesn't the fact that Fleury has struggled in each of the past four postseasons hurt his fantasy value?

Posted On Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 7:46 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

USA Hockey trims 12 from camp roster

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tuesday began with 12 players being sent home from the National Junior Evaluation Camp as USA Hockey trimmed its camp roster from 43 to 31 players.

"As a staff, we have been happy with the players' intensity and compete level," Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 United States national junior team. "The players released today will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games this week give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."

Of the 31 players remaining, there are 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies. The only goalie released was Collin Olson, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect. In two games for USA White, Olson allowed three goals on 32 shots, but stopped all 15 shots he faced Monday in a 5-2 win against Finland.

Remaining in net are goalies Jon Gillies, Anthony Stolarz and Thatcher Demko.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 9:01 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

U.S. Evaluation Camp coaches prepare to make cuts

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With data from three days and four games, the hard part has come for United States coach Don Lucia and his staff -- which players to keep and which to send home.

The roster at this week's National Junior Evaluation Camp started at 44, but will be trimmed to 31 or 32 for the final four days of the camp.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 6:25 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

USA White polishes off Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- USA White finally snapped the American skid at the National Junior Evaluation Camp by finishing off a 5-2 victory against Finland on Monday.

The biggest American contributions came from the line of Taylor Cammarata, Michael McCarron and Tyler Motte, who combined for two goals and four assists. Cammarata, a New York Islanders draft pick, had a goal and two assists, while McCarron, taken by the Montreal Canadiens with the 25th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and an assist.

Posted On Monday, 08.05.2013 / 5:36 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

USA White leads Finland 5-0 after two periods

LAKE PLACID, N.Y . -- USA White continued to roll in the second period, pushing its lead against Finland to 5-0 on goals by Ian McCoshen and Michael McCarron.

McCoshen and Taylor Cammarata, his teammate with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, combined to make it 4-0. McCarron added a power-play goal late in the period.

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