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2012 NHL Draft

Shinkaruk finishes hat trick with OT winner

Sunday, 04.22.2012 / 12:38 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hunter Shinkaruk, a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, capped his hat trick with a goal 2:05 into overtime to lift Canada to a 6-5 win against Finland and the bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship on Sunday in the Czech Republic.

A center with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League, Shinkaruk took a pass from Scott Laughton while streaking down the left-wing boards. He beat Finland defenseman Esa Lindell, cut to the net and beat goalie Joonas Korpisalo.

"It was a good day," Shinkaruk told the IIHF website. "Laughton made a great pass to me, I had some speed and managed to beat the defenseman wide and the goalie and tuck it in. Right when I knew I had the goalie I got a big smile on my face and I couldn't wait to celebrate with my teammates."

In a game played at Kajot Arena in Brno, Canada captain Mathew Dumba had three assists, and Sam Reinhart and Brendan Gaunce also had goals. Matthew Murray, No. 18 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goalies for the 2012 NHL Draft, finished with 29 saves on 33 shots.

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Sweden tops Finland to earn spot in World U-18 final

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 1:04 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Sweden scored four unanswered goals in the third period Friday en route to a 7-3 win against Finland in the semifinals of the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.

In a game played at Kajot Arena in Brno, Jesper Pettersson's goal 5:46 into the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and propelled Sweden into the gold-medal game for the third straight year.

Taking a pass at the Finland blue line, the defenseman's shot went through traffic and into the net. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound defenseman plays for Linkoping in Sweden's junior league and is No. 31 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft.

Sebastian Collberg -- No. 3 on Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters -- had two goals and an assist, and Gustav Possler had a goal and three assists.

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Canada, Finland advance to World U-18 semifinals

Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 11:11 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Kerby Rychel, considered a top prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft, had a pair of goals as Canada beat Russia 4-2 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.

In the game played at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, team captain Matt Dumba and Felix Girard each had goals, and Hunter Shinkaruk and Troy Bourke each had a pair of assists.

"Everybody was prepared and we were ready to take on a great team," defenseman Darnell Nurse told the IIHF website. "I think being physical was something we established off the bat and we were able to carry it through the game and be successful. When you have a skilled team like that, they can be very dangerous and it's important to keep them away from the ice."
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Top draft prospect Girgensons out with broken jaw

Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 4:54 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Zemgus Girgensons will miss the remainder of the Clark Cup playoffs after suffering a fractured jaw.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League on Thursday announced that forward Zemgus Girgensons, projected by many to be a first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Draft, is expected to miss the remainder of the Clark Cup playoffs after suffering a fractured jaw.

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound center, who was injured in Game 2 of the team's first-round playoff game against the U.S. Under-17 National Team Development Program on Tuesday, becomes just another statistic in what has been an injury-plagued season for top draft-eligible players.

Girgensons, who had two goals and three points in two playoff games for the defending Clark Cup champions, suffered the injury on his first shift of the game while attempting a hit on USNTDP forward John Hayden.

After being hurt, Girgensons, the Saints' captain, continued to play until the pain became unbearable. Dubuque earned a 7-3 victory, sweeping the best-of-three series against the USNTDP. The club now advances to the USHL's Eastern Conference semifinals and will meet the Indiana Ice in a best-of-five series slated to begin Friday.

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U.S. tops Canada to earn World U-18 semifinal bye

Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 5:09 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Seth Jones scored 5:10 into the third period Tuesday to snap a 2-2 tie and spark the U.S. to a 5-3 win against Canada and a spot in the semifinals at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.

In a game played at Kajot Arena in Brno, Riley Barber, Matt Grzelcyk, Frank Vatrano and Matt Lane also scored for the U.S. Goalie Collin Olson, who entered having not surrendered a goal in his first three games, stopped 26 of 29 shots.

Olson went more than 10 periods without allowing a goal in the tournament. He's No. 21 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goaltenders for the 2012 NHL Draft.
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Canada back on track at World U-18 Championship

Monday, 04.16.2012 / 2:40 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Brendan Gaunce scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead Canada to a 6-2 win against the host Czech Republic in a preliminary-round game at the 2012 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Team captain Matt Dumba had a goal and an assist, and Kerby Rychel and Sam Reinhart each had a goal and two assists in a game played at Kajot Arena in Brno.
 
Dominik Volek -- who plays for the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League -- and Jakub Houfek scored for the Czechs.

Gaunce, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2012 NHL Draft, opened the scoring 9:26 into the game. After Houfek scored later in the first, Gaunce put Canada ahead to stay just 29 seconds later.
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Jones could be centerpiece of new prospects game

Monday, 04.16.2012 / 1:15 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Seth Jones currently is starring for the unbeaten U.S. team at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic. (Photo: Getty Images)

In an effort to promote the top U.S.-born draft-eligible hockey players competing throughout North America, USA Hockey on Monday announced the inaugural All-American Prospects Game will be held this fall at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

The game, scheduled for Sept. 29, will include 40 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

"It's a concept we've been talking about for a couple of years and we're excited to bring it to life in partnership with the Buffalo Sabres," USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean said. "The talent level on the First Niagara Center ice on Sept. 29 will be exceptional. We view this game as an opportunity to gain additional exposure for hockey and help influence growth of the sport through showcasing the future stars of the game."

Prospects will come from the United States Hockey League, which includes the U.S. National Team Development Program, as well as the Canadian Hockey League, U.S. scholastic programs, and U.S. colleges. USA Hockey expects to announce the 40 participating players for the game by early July. Under the current structure, players born between Jan. 1, 1993 and Sept. 14, 1995, are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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U.S. remains unbeaten at U18 World Championship

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 3:35 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team remained perfect Sunday after scoring a 4-0 victory over Denmark in preliminary-round action of the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championship at Kajot Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

The U.S., which will play Canada Tuesday in the final game of preliminary-round competition in Group A, has outscored the opposition, 13-0, in three tournament games.

"This was a hard fought matchup," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. "We must continue to play on both ends of the ice to maintain our success."

The three-time and defending champion received goals from Matthew Lane, Seth Jones, Frankie Vatrano and Quentin Shore in the triumph. J.T. Compher chipped in with two assists. Lane scored 1:53 into the first to give the United States a 1-0 edge. Jones gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead 45 seconds into the second.

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Team USA stays perfect at World Under-18s

Saturday, 04.14.2012 / 6:54 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Collin Olson posted his second straight shutout as the U.S. beat the Czech Republic 5-0 on Saturday at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship.

Playing in Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic, Olson, ranked No. 21 among North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings for the 2012 NHL Draft, turned aside all 17 shots he faced.

Top 2013 draft prospect defenseman Seth Jones had a goal and two assists, and Jacob Trouba, Nicolas Kerdiles and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist as the three-time defending champs improved to 2-0 in preliminary-round play.

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U.S. opens U-18 Championship with victory

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 5:37 PM / 2012 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Team USA, the three-time defending champion, was one of four teams to win on opening day of the 2012 World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic on Thursday.

In a pair of games played at Kajot Arena in Brno, the U.S. scored three times in a 3:30 span early in the third period of a scoreless game en route to a 4-0 win against Finland, while Kerby Rychel had a goal and an assist to lead Canada to a 6-1 win against Denmark.

The U.S., the three-time defending gold medalists, got goals from Nicolas Kerdiles, Matt Lane and Quentin Shore in quick order after the teams had played two scoreless periods.
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