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CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game rosters announced

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 3:15 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Calgary Hitmen teammates Ben Thomas and Jake Virtanen can expect the loudest ovation when introduced to the hometown faithful on Jan. 15 during the 19th annual BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

The Top Prospects Game will showcase the Canadian Hockey League's top 40 NHL draft-eligible players featuring talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The rosters for Team Orr and Team Cherry were released by the CHL on Friday.

Virtanen, a 6-foot-0.75, 208-pound right wing, was given an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft. He is one of 26 players invited to the game tagged with an A rating, or a potential first-round candidate for the draft. There are also 11 B-rated players or potential second- or third-round candidates, and three C-rated prospects.


Dano heads experienced Slovakia WJC camp list

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 2:11 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Versatile forward Marko Dano, a first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in June, heads the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation's preliminary 38-man roster of players competing for spots on the team that will participate in the IIHF 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.

Slovakia head coach Ernest Bokros will have seven returnees in the mix, including goalie Richard Sabol of Slovakia Under-20, defensemen Richard Buri of the Minnesota Wilderness in the North American Hockey League, Patrik Luza and Tomas Rusina of HC Slovan Bratislava and forwards Dano of HC Slovan Bratislava, Milan Kolena of Slovakia U-20 and Martin Reway of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Slovakia finished eighth in the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia.

The team has four players selected by NHL teams at the 2013 NHL Draft: forwards Dano (Columbus, No. 27), Peter Cehlarik (Boston Bruins, No. 90), Reway (Montreal Canadiens, No. 116) and Matej Paulovic (Dallas Stars, No. 149).


Sutter takes measured approach to Canada WJC camp

Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 11:39 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Canadian National Junior Team coach Brent Sutter isn't concerned about the expectations, a gold medal or even opening night at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

When Canada's national junior team selection camp opens at MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario, on Friday, the only concern for Sutter will be identifying his team and the players needed to succeed in a short tournament.

Sutter would know. He went 6-0 in North Dakota in 2005 and 6-0 in Vancouver in 2006 to lead Canada to a WJC gold medal each year.


Scherbak showing ability to acclimate quickly

Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Saskatoon Blades general manager Lorne Molleken didn't have a lot to go on when it came time to making a decision on right wing Nikita Scherbak at the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

"There weren't a whole lot of teams who saw him play, but the people I knew told me he was a skilled player and good skater," Molleken told "When I did my checking on him I received a lot of positive reports from NHL teams."

Chalk one up for Molleken and his scouting staff. Turns out choosing Scherbak in the second round (No. 109) was an absolute steal for the Blades. While it took an entire training camp and preseason before he was given his official release from his team in Russia, Kapitan Stupino, Saskatoon coach Dave Struch soon realized it was worth the wait.


Draisaitl leads returning group to German WJC camp

Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 11:47 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Center Leon Draisaitl, considered an A-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft, is one of four returning players invited to the German National Junior Team selection camp that will be evaluated for participation in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.

In addition to Draisaitl, German coach Ernst Hofner will also have goalie Marvin Cupper of the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and forwards Frederik Tiffels of the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League and Dominik Kahun of the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League.

Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders is one of five forwards from the Western Hockey League tagged with an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list. He had two goals and a team-leading six points in six games at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia.


Wild assign Dumba to Canada for World Juniors

Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 11:17 AM / Prospects

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba on Wednesday was assigned to the Canadian National Junior Team and will be eligible to participate in the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.

Dumba, who for the past two years was the final player cut from the National Junior Team roster, is looking forward to the opportunity. He has one goal and two points in 13 games for the Wild this season.

"It's been tough on me the last two times," Dumba told the Wild website. "Being the last cut last year, it hurt. It [stunk] not being able to represent my country last year, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity that they're giving me this year."


U.S. adds three to World Junior evaluation camp

Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 2:00 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Forwards Vincent Hinostroza of the University of Notre Dame and Zach Stepan of Minnesota State University and defenseman Jaccob Slavin of Colorado College were added Tuesday to the roster of players for the United States National Junior Team selection camp, which will be held Dec. 15-18 on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

United States coach Don Lucia now will oversee a 29-player camp roster that includes 17 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. The 22-player tournament roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship will be announced Dec. 23.

Hinostroza has three goals and 14 points as a freshman at Notre Dame. The 5-foot-9, 158-pound center was selected in the sixth round (No. 169) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.


Top NHL prospects dot Finland's WJC camp roster

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 10:43 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Finnish National Junior Team on Monday announced the selection camp roster of players hoping to represent their country at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

Finland, which placed seventh at the 2013 WJC, is seeking its first medal since winning bronze in 2006. The camp features 27 players, including six who participated in last year's tournament -- goalie Janne Juvonen of Pelicans Lahti in Finland, defensemen Ville Pokka of Karpat Oulu (FIN), Rasmus Ristolainen of the Rochester Americans (AHL) and Juuso Vainio of HPK (FIN) and forwards Artturi Lehkonen of KalPa (FIN) and Teuvo Teravainen of Jokerit (FIN).

There also are 10 players on the roster drafted by NHL teams, including Ristolainen, taken by the Buffalo Sabres with the eighth pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, and Teravainen selected the by Chicago Blackhawks with the 18th pick of the 2012 draft.


Norway invites 26 to World Junior camp

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 6:45 PM / Prospects

Forward Markus Soberg, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, highlights the 26-player select camp roster released by the Norwegian Ice Hockey Association for the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Norway coach Orjan Lovdal will lead the team in a two-day practice in Oslo before departing for Karlstad, Sweden, for a pretournament game against Farjestad's Under-20 team Dec. 20. The team's final preparation game is against the Czech Republic on Dec. 23 in Landskrona.

The roster includes three goalies, eight defensemen and 15 forwards.

The 2014 WJC will be held Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden. Norway will compete in Group B with Sweden, Russia, Finland and Switzerland.


Sharks prospect Mueller tops Switzerland camp roster

Friday, 12.06.2013 / 10:58 AM / Prospects

Mirco Mueller, taken by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, is one of 27 players invited to Switzerland's selection camp for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Swiss camp will be held Dec. 16-18 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The Swiss also will play a pair of pre-tournament games in Sweden, against the Czech Republic on Dec. 21 and Canada on Dec. 23.

The 2014 WJC runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. Switzerland will be in Group B with Sweden, Russia, Finland and Norway.

Mueller, taken No. 18 by the Sharks, has two goals and six assists in 28 games with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. He had two assists and a plus-7 rating in six games at the 2013 WJC for Switzerland, which finished sixth.

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