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Panthers' Barkov won't play in World Juniors

Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 3:13 PM / Prospects

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Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov will remain in the NHL rather than play for Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Barkov, who has played in the tournament the past two years, will not be released by the Panthers, the team that selected him with the second pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

"There's no way he's going anywhere but here," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told the Miami Herald. "We have to let him grow. He's a big part of our future and our present."

Barkov has four goals and six assists in 28 games this season, and he's fourth among rookie forwards with an average ice time of 16:55 per game.

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Versatility key as U.S. selects WJC camp roster

Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 2:47 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When the USA Hockey staff went about picking the roster for its selection camp for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, one of the buzzwords was versatility.

"It's important to show that you're a versatile player, and on this roster you're going to see a lot of guys who can play a lot of roles with the team," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the U.S. WJC team and USA Hockey assistant executive director for hockey operations. "That's always helpful in short tournaments and not knowing injures and all those things."

Although there isn't a proven dynamic performer among the 26 players invited to the camp, which will run Dec. 15-18 at the University of Minnesota, Johansson and coach Don Lucia believe the seeds are in place for a strong showing when the WJC starts Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden.

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Czech Republic's Faksa back for third shot at WJC

Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 11:46 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Radek Faksa, a 2012 first-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars, highlights this year's Czech Republic National Junior Team selection camp roster that will determine the team for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.

The selection camp will take place in Rokycany, Czech Republic, on Dec. 13. Miroslav Prerost will coach the team.

Faksa, selected No. 13 by the Stars in 2012, will be seeking a third straight appearance at the WJC. He has two goals and four points in 12 games at the tournament; the Czechs have finished fifth the past two years.

Faksa has 12 goals and 20 points in 25 games for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League this season, his third in North America.

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U.S. selection camp features three '13 gold medalists

Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 10:10 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Bolstered by four first-round NHL draft picks, three returning players and two 2014 NHL Draft-eligible prospects, USA Hockey on Wednesday announced the 26 players invited to the selection camp for the team that will comprise the U.S. National Junior Team that will play in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden later this month.

The United States selection camp will take place Dec. 15-18 in Minneapolis. It will include five practices at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota as well as a pre-tournament game at Minnesota State University on Dec. 17. When training in Minneapolis is complete, the team will travel to Angelholm, Sweden, to continue the evaluation process from Dec. 19-23.

The final 22-player tournament roster will be announced Dec. 23.

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World Junior gold special memory for Jones, Trouba

Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 9:53 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two names not included on the United States National Junior Team selection camp roster revealed Wednesday were defensemen Seth Jones and Jacob Trouba.

Each played a key role in leading the Americans to their third gold medal in tournament history at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. This season, however, they've taken their vast talents to the NHL; Jones has nine points in 28 games with the Nashville Predators and leads all rookies with an average ice time of 23:55 per game, while Trouba has four points in 12 games with the Winnipeg Jets while playing 21:00 per game.

While they won't have a chance to defend their gold medal, it certainly didn't stop them from reminiscing about their championship run with NHL.com. The U.S. won the gold with a 3-1 win against Sweden.

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Flames' Monahan won't play in World Juniors

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 5:14 PM / Prospects

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The Calgary Flames decided Tuesday that forward Sean Monahan would not be released to join Canada for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Canada unveiled its selection camp roster Monday.

"We have spent a great deal of time discussing and debating the pros and cons of the situation in the context of what is best for Sean's continued professional development as a hockey player, as well as what is in the best interests of our team, our fans, and our organization," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. "We have concluded that in light of the prominent role Sean has played on our team to date, and the role we project he will continue to play once he returns from his injury, that Sean will remain with our hockey club."

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Vasilevskiy, Barbashev lead Russia WJC camp list

Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 1:51 PM / Prospects

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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy and 2014 NHL Draft prospect Ivan Barbashev are among the top names in a group of 29 players invited to Russia's pre-tournament camp for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Vasilevskiy is one of four players invited who was part of Russia's bronze-medal winning team in 2013, and this would be his third WJC. A first-round pick by the Lightning in 2012 (No. 19), Vasilevskiy had a .950 save percentage in four games for Russia last year and a .953 save percentage in five games two years ago.

The other three players invited who were on the team last year are goaltender Igor Utinski (no action), forward Anton Slepyshev (one assist in seven games) and defenseman Andrei Mironov (one goal, one assist in seven games).

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Canada assembles best team, not all-star team

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 8:10 PM / Prospects

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

The last time Canada won a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship was 2009, so the heat will be turned up as soon when coach Brent Sutter and Hockey Canada's brain trust begin final evaluations of the 25 players invited to attend National Junior Team selection camp Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario.

But in the spirit of Herb Brooks, Sutter and his staff insisted the 25 selections are not the "best" players, but the "right" players.

"The players that we've chosen for today give us the best chance to win," said Canada National Junior Team head scout Ryan Jankowski during a conference call. "The thing to remember is that it's not an all-star team. We are putting together the best team, and we feel that the 25 players named today give us that opportunity."

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Hockey Canada streamlines camp roster for WJC

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:01 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- There will not be nearly as much drama surrounding the Canadian National Junior Selection Camp as there has been in past years.

Hockey Canada announced its roster Monday for the selection camp to be held Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario, and it looks very similar to the team that will ultimately go to Malmo, Sweden for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

With 25 players invited to attend, including two goalies, eight defensemen and 15 forwards, Canadian coach Brent Sutter and his staff will need to make three cuts at camp, likely to be one defenseman and two forwards.

A year removed from finishing off the World Junior podium for the first time in 15 years, Hockey Canada wanted to streamline the selection process and base it more on play during the season rather than simply looking at a three-day camp.

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Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 2:15 PM / Prospects

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Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season.

There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be considered the best player in the 2014 tournament in Malmo, Sweden.

The 18-year-old left wing, selected in the first round (No. 3) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is in the midst of another spectacular season for the Halifax Mooseheads. Not surprisingly, he was one of 25 players invited to the country's WJC selection camp scheduled Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.

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