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World Junior Championship camp begins next week

Thursday, 07.22.2010 / 2:11 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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World Junior Championship camp begins next week
The World Junior Championship is more than five months away, but the defending champs will have two fierce tests at their upcoming national junior evaluation camp.
Finland and Sweden, two of the teams the U.S. beat on the way to winning the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship, will have their first shot at revenge in August at USA Hockey's national junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The U.S. will play each team twice during the camp, which runs July 30-Aug. 7.

Sweden's team will be led by Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the Edmonton Oilers' 2009 first-round pick who is expected to play a big role in the NHL team's fortunes this season. He had 10 points in six games at last year's event in Saskatoon. If Paajarvi-Svensson plays in the 2011 World Juniors, it would be his fourth time at the event.

Robin Lehner, a 2009 second-round pick of the Ottawa Senators, likely will be the starter in net. On defense, the team will be led by Phoenix Coyotes 2009 first-round pick Oliver Ekman-Larsson; Calgary Flames '09 first-round pick Tim Erixon; and Adam Larsson, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 200-pounder who is expected to be among the top players picked in the 2011 Entry Draft. He had 4 points and a plus-3 rating in six games for Sweden at last year's World Juniors.

Adding to the offense should be another top 2011 draft candidate, Gabriel Landeskog. A 6-foot, 200-pound left wing, Landeskog was the third-leading rookie scorer in the Ontario Hockey League last season, totaling 24 goals and 46 points in 61 games with the Kitchener Rangers.

Jacob Josefson, who the New Jersey Devils selected with the 20th pick of the 2009 draft, also will be in Lake Placid, as will Anton Lander, a 2009 second-round pick of the Oilers who captained Sweden at the 2010 WJC and had 8 points in six games.

Toni Rajala, another Oilers selection, heads Finland's camp roster. The 2009 fourth-round pick had just 3 points in six games at last year's World Juniors, but finished in the top six among first-year Western Hockey League players last season, with 26 goals and 63 points for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

A pair of Carolina Hurricanes prospects will play big roles on defense -- Tommi Kivisto and Rasmus Rissanen.

Supporting Rajala up front will be Joonas Donskoi and Jonas Nattinen. Donskoi, a 6-foot, 180-pound right wing taken by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, had 29 points in 18 games with Karpat's junior team in his native Finland. Nattinen, a 6-2, 183-pound center drafted in the third round in 2009 by the Montreal Canadiens, had 4 points in six games at the 2010 WJC.

The 2011 World Junior Championship will be run Dec. 26, 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelnan@nhl.com

U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR CAMP ROSTER
GOALTENDERS
: Jack Campbell (Dallas), Zane Gothberg (Boston), Michael Houser (2011 Draft eligible), Andy Iles (2011 Draft eligible).
DEFENSEMEN: Mark Alt (Carolina), Brandon Archibald (Columbus), Adam Clendening (2011 Draft eligible), Brian Dumoulin (Carolina), Justin Faulk (Carolina), Derek Forbort (Los Angeles), Cam Fowler (Anaheim), Stephen Johns (Chicago), Nick Leddy (Chicago), Jonathon Merrill (New Jersey), John Ramage (Calgary), Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh), Jarred Tinordi (Montreal), Patrick Wey (Washington).
FORWARDS: Beau Bennett (Pittsburgh), Nick Bjugstad (Florida), Ryan Bourque (N.Y. Rangers), Connor Brickley (Florida), Chris Brown (Phoenix), Zach Budish (Nashville), Charlie Coyle (San Jose), Jerry D'Amigo (Toronto), Emerson Etem (Anaheim), Kevin Hayes (Chicago), Chris Kreider (N.Y. Rangers), Philip Lane (Phoenix), Kevin Lynch (Columbus), Tyler Maxwell (2011 Draft eligible), Jeremy Morin (Chicago), Brock Nelson (N.Y. Islanders), Matt Nieto (2011 Draft eligible), Kyle Palmieri (Anaheim), Tyler Pitlick (Edmonton), Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh), Brandon Saad (2011 Draft eligible), Drew Shore (Florida), Nick Shore (2011 Draft eligible), Austin Watson (Nashville), Steve Whitney (2011 Draft eligible), Jason Zucker (Minnesota).

SWEDEN NATIONAL JUNIOR CAMP ROSTER
GOALTENDERS: Robin Lehner (Ottawa), Fredrik Petterson-Wentzel (Atlanta).
DEFENSEMEN: Adam Almqvist (Detroit), Peter Andersson (Vancouver), Simon Bertilsson (Philadelphia), Oliver Ekman-Larson (Phoenix), Tim Erixon (Calgary), Adam Larsson (2011 Draft eligible), Fredrik Styrman (2011 Draft eligible).
FORWARDS: Patrick Cehlin (Nashville), Jesper Fasth (N.Y. Rangers), Calle Jarnkrok (Detroit), Jacob Josefson (New Jersey), Martin Karlsson (2011 Draft eligible), Carl Klingberg (Atlanta), Anton Lander (Edmonton), Gabriel Landeskog (2011 Draft eligible), Oscar Lindberg (Phoenix), John Norman (2011 Draft eligible), Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (Edmonton), William Wallen (2011 Draft eligible), Sebastian Wannstrom (St. Louis).

FINLAND NATIONAL JUNIOR CAMP ROSTER
GOALTENDERS
: Jonathan Iilahti (Vancouver), Christopher Gibson (2011 Draft eligible)
DEFENSEMEN: Mikael Aaltonen (2011 Draft eligible), Jani Hakanpaa (St. Louis), Jyrki Jokipakka (2011 Draft eligible), Tommi Kivisto (Carolina), Nico Manelius (2011 Draft eligible), Rasmus Rissanen (Carolina), Miihkali Teppo (2011 Draft eligible), Jesse Virtanen (2011 Draft eligible).
FORWARDS: Joonas Donskoi (Florida), Erik Haula (Minnesota), Julius Junttila (2011 Draft eligible), Janne Kumpulainen (2011 Draft eligible), Joonas Makinen (2011 Draft eligible), Joonas Nattinen (Montreal), Iiro Pakarinen (2011 Draft eligible), Toni Rajala (Edmonton), Teemu Rautiainen (2011 Draft eligible), Mikael Salmivirta (2011 Draft eligible), Topi Taavitsainen (2011 Draft eligible), Teemu Tallberg (2011 Draft eligible), Valtteri Virkkunen (2011 Draft eligible).

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