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Posted On Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Projected lineups for USA White, Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Sweden will use almost the same lineup it went with Tuesday in its 6-2 win against USA White with the exception of a change in goaltender.

Jonas Johansson, a Buffalo Sabres prospect, will start, with Fredrik Bergvik (San Jose Sharks) serving as the backup.

The U.S. lineup will feature its likely top two centers for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in the middle of the top two lines. Jack Eichel, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, will center Tyler Motte (Chicago Blackhawks) and Alex Tuch (Minnesota Wild), while 16-year-old Auston Matthews will be between Nick Schmaltz (Blackhawks) and John Hayden (Blackhawks).

Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks) will start and play the whole game in goal for the U.S., with Brandon Halverson (New York Rangers) the backup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:05 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

USHL/NHL 2015 Top Prospects Game set for January

The United States Hockey League revealed Wednesday that the USHL/NHL 2015 Top Prospects Game will be held Jan. 13 at Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

The USHL and host club Dubuque Fighting Saints made the joint announcement during a press conference at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

The game will feature 40 of the top blue-chip prospects from the USHL eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26-27. Players will be chosen for the event based on a selection process that includes the input of USHL general managers, NHL Central Scouting, and NHL team scouts and decision makers.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:45 PM

By Chris Stevenson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Ekblad sustains concussion at Canada camp

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Aaron Ekblad, the top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers, sustained a concussion in an exhibition game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday night and has been sent home from Hockey Canada's summer world junior development camp.

"He was re-evaluted this morning. He's got a concussion. He'll miss the remainder of camp. He's going to head home today. We worked with the Panthers and we expect a full recovery," said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada's vice-president of operations, national teams, said Wednesday.

Ekbland was injured late in the third period of Canada's 6-2 win against the Czech Republic when he collided with Czech defenceman Lukas Klok just outside the Czech blue line.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:12 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Ekblad leaves Canada's game vs. Czechs with injury

MONTREAL -- Defenseman Aaron Ekblad, taken by the Florida Panthers with the top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, left a Canadian national junior team scrimmage against the Czech Republic late in the third period Tuesday after taking a heavy open-ice hit.

Wednesday morning, Ekblad was ruled out for the rest of Canada's evaluation camp, which runs through Friday, according to a report by TSN.

Ekblad was stickhandling through the neutral zone when he was met head-on at the Czech blue line by defenseman Lukas Klok and from the side by another Czech player. He was sandwiched, went down in a heap, wobbled as he got up and slowly made his way to the Canadian bench before leaving for the dressing room.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 10:46 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

U.S. coach Osiecki to return to bench against Sweden

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- United States national junior team coach Mark Osiecki will get his first up-close look at his roster Wednesday when the United States plays Sweden.

It's the first game for the U.S. since rosters were trimmed Monday, and Osiecki said he's looking forward to being behind the bench. He watched the split-squad games during the early part of camp from off the ice.

"It's going to be interesting for us, Donny [Granato, assistant coach] and I," Osiecki said. "It'll be our first time on the bench and seeing that."

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 10:06 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada names team for Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

Mathew Barzal, a potential first-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, was among the 22 players picked to play for Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

The tournament will be played Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada has won the tournament the past six years and 18 times in the 23 times it's been held since 1991.

The roster was picked after a four-day selection camp in Calgary.

Barzal, a 5-11, 174-pound center, plays for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He tied for third among first-year WHL players last season with 40 assists and tied for fifth with 54 points.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 11:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings' Regehr jets to Calgary, Saskatchewan with Cup

It took Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr 15 NHL seasons before he got to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in June. When the veteran got his day with the Cup this week, he chartered a jet to make sure as many people as possible got the opportunity to share the moment with him.

He first received the Cup on Monday before jetting to his adopted hometown of Calgary. Regehr was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round (No. 19) of the 1998 NHL Draft, but he spent his first 11 seasons playing with the Calgary Flames. Having laid down considerable roots in the city, Regehr brought the Cup to Calgary, where he enjoyed a series of private events with friends, including a party at a local bowling alley.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 4:22 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Sweden coach Gronborg pleased with his team

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- After four days here, Sweden coach Rikard Gronborg is happy with what he's seen.

His team won its games against the two United States split squads and he's also been happy with the attitude he's seen from his players.

"I've been really impressed with the way that not only how they've performed on the ice but the work together," Gronborg told NHL.com. "They're really on it. A lot of questions, doing a lot of video. They watch video on their own lots of times instead of just asking the coaches. That's what coaches really like. They want to get better and make steps. That's what we feel has been very successful for us."


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 12:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Kiprusoff passing on wisdom as Finland goalie coach

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Miikka Kiprusoff said the offer was too good to refuse. And that's why the former Calgary Flames goaltender has signed on to serve as goaltending coach for Finland's national junior team.

"It's been fun," he told NHL.com. "Head coach [Hannu Jortika] called me a couple months ago and he asked if I was interested to take a job and I was in right away. It was pretty cool to see these young, talented goalies and help them out a little bit."

In 12 NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks and Flames, Kiprusoff won 319 games, most of any Finnish goaltender in NHL history. He backstopped the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, won the 2006 Vezina Trophy and won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 12:32 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

Top Czech prospect to join OHL's Sarnia Sting

Czech forward Pavel Zacha, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, will play with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, the team announced Tuesday.

Zacha was the first pick of the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft in July.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound center had four goals and four assists in 38 games with Liberec in the top professional league in the Czech Republic as a 16-year-old last season. He also played in five games for the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, and had three goals and two assists to help the Czechs win the silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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