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USA Hockey ready for further evaluations after cuts

Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 3:00 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- For USA Hockey, it simply was a matter of being able to divide quality ice time among 31 players easier than it was to split it among 44.

That's why 13 players were released Tuesday from the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp -- to give the coaching staff a smaller number of players to work with, and with it the ability to easier implement the chosen style of play.

"The reality is for the camp, what we need to do is as quality an evaluation as we can, and with three games left, it's hard to have 44 players in camp and still get guys into the flow and the mix," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 United States national junior team. "We cut down to the 31 players remaining [Tuesday] to play the next three games and give us more of an opportunity to put players in situations we want to see them in."


Cammarata shows off skills in USA White win

Monday, 08.05.2013 / 8:51 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Taylor Cammarata has been called a lot of things on the ice. "Slow" rarely has been one of them.

But against Sweden on Sunday, the USA White forward admitted he was behind the play far too much.

"I was a little fatigued [Sunday]," Cammarata said. "… It's pretty fast. [Sunday] it felt like Sweden had five guys back all the time so you don't have much time to make a play."

One day later against Finland, Cammarata certainly found his skating legs, and had a goal and two assists as USA White cruised to a 5-2 victory against Finland.


Butcher makes great case in USA Blue loss to Sweden

Monday, 08.05.2013 / 4:58 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- For the 43 players at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, Monday marks their final chance to showcase themselves and give coach Don Lucia and his staff a reason for them to survive the round of cuts that will be announced Tuesday morning.

For USA Blue defenseman Will Butcher, there wasn't much more about his game for him to showcase in a 4-3 loss to Sweden on Monday at Herb Brooks Arena.

Want to see his skating? Butcher went end-to-end to set up a goal in the third period. How about his shot? He showed touch and accuracy on a second-period shot from the point that floated past Sweden goalie Marcus Hogberg, and then brought the heat with a rocket from the top of the left circle that got past Hogberg in the third.


Teravainen provides offense, leadership for Finland

Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 9:16 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- More than eight months after his team finished a disappointing seventh at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, Finland center Teuvo Teravainen still is at a loss to explain what happened.

"I don't know. Different team now, different guys here," he said. "There were many small things that got thrown into that tournament. We just played bad. I know we had a good team and had a good chance to win. It's a [short] tournament and sometimes it goes bad."

Finland's first step toward making things go right for the 2014 WJC started Sunday with a 6-5 overtime win against a split-squad USA Blue team on the first day of games at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.


McDavid, Reinhart hope to make Canadian junior team

Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 7:33 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- When you're an underage junior player, just being invited to attend the Canadian national junior team development camp can be considered a great honor.

But in the case of Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid -- two players projected to be the top pick in the 2014 and 2015 NHL drafts, respectively -- the invitation to this week's camp is not the only achievement they hope to put on their respective résumés.

Each has an excellent shot at making the Canadian team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

"They're special players in their own right," Canada coach Brent Sutter said Sunday, after the first day of camp. "There's a reason why they're here. They're obviously exceptional players. They're not ranked where they're ranked right now for the next two years by not being that."


Ekblad named captain of Canada's U-18 squad

Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 7:22 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, one of the top 2014 draft-eligible prospects on the board next June, was named captain of Canada's National summer Under-18 Team that will compete at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Canada's U-18 coach Dale Hunter made the announcement Sunday, one day prior to the start of the tournament.

Canada's National U-18 Team will begin its quest for a sixth consecutive gold medal against the Czech Republic in Group A in Breclav, Czech Republic, at 1 p.m. ET. It will be the first of three games in three days for Canada, which faces Sweden on Tuesday and Switzerland on Wednesday during the preliminary round.


Sieloff takes on leadership role for U.S.

Sunday, 08.04.2013 / 5:15 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The last time Patrick Sieloff saw a Swedish junior team, he ended up with a gold medal draped around his neck after his United States finished as champions at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sieloff faced a Swedish junior team again Sunday, but this time the setting was markedly different -- the 1980 Rink at Herb Brooks Arena in the opening game at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The outcome was different as well. Sweden took advantage of nine power plays to earn a 4-2 win against a split-squad USA White squad.

The teams were tied after two periods, but a pair of Sweden power-play goals by Lucas Wallmark and Oskar Sundqvist proved to be the difference.


Lucia learned lessons from U.S. World Junior camp

Friday, 08.02.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Don Lucia got a first-hand look at how USA Hockey runs its national junior evaluation camp last summer. This year, he'll go from passenger to the driver's seat.

The camp, which will be held Aug. 3-10 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the first step in picking the team that will play in the 2014 World Junior Championship, scheduled for Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. The United States is the defending champion.

The week in Lake Placid will feature practices and exhibition games against teams from Canada, Finland and Sweden.

"I had a chance to go through it last year to see how it all worked, which was beneficial heading into this year," Lucia told "I enjoyed it a lot, being there and being in that type of hockey environment."


Canada returns to Sutter seeking WJC success

Friday, 08.02.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

After a third straight third-place finish at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2004, it marked seven years Canada had gone without a gold medal at the elite under-20 international tournament.

For the 2005 WJC, Hockey Canada chose Brent Sutter as coach. The subsequent changes Sutter helped bring about led to a run of five straight gold medals.

Now, mired in another slump -- no gold since 2009; no medal of any kind last year, the first time that happened since 1998 -- Hockey Canada has turned back to Sutter for the 2014 World Juniors, to be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.


Teravainen to lead Finland roster at WJC camp

Thursday, 08.01.2013 / 2:37 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Teuvo Teravainen, one of Finland's top scorers at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, is one of 24 players who will take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, scheduled for Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The camp, which will see Finland join the United States, Sweden and Canada for practice and exhibition games, is the first step in teams picking their squads for the 2014 WJC, which will be played Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.

Teravainen, chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 18th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, had five goals and six assists in six games.

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