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Canada announces roster for 2011 Hlinka tournament

Tuesday, 08.02.2011 / 8:50 PM / Prospects

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Twenty players from the Canadian Hockey League, including 13 from the Ontario Hockey League, highlight Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team that will compete next week at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. Hockey Canada announced the 22-man roster Tuesday night.

The roster was finalized following Hockey Canada's four-day selection camp at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary. The roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Eleven of the 22 players will also play at the NHL's Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Toronto from Aug. 16-17.
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Devils' pick Boucher signs with Sarnia Sting

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 1:31 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Reid Boucher, a fourth-round selection by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 Entry Draft, has signed a contract with the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting.

Boucher is the second player from the U.S. National Team Development Team to sign with the Sting in the last 24 hours. Defenseman Connor Murphy, taken by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 20th pick of the first round, opted to sign with the Sting on Thursday rather than attend Miami University in the fall.

Boucher was selected in the 14th round by Sarnia in the 2009 OHL draft.
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Rangers' pick made tough call with Plymouth

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 10:38 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

J.T. Miller admitted choosing to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League was a tough decision, but one he felt was in the best interest of his hockey career.

Miller, taken by the New York Rangers with the 15th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, decided July 14 he would forgo a scholarship to play at the University of North Dakota, and after signing his entry-level deal with the Rangers on Thursday, he signed to play with the Whalers on Friday.

Because Miller was drafted from the U.S. National Team Development Program, he is eligible to play in the American Hockey League this season, but that would waste a season on his contract.

"I'm very excited to finally get to Plymouth," Miller told Plymouth's website. "I've had to make a couple of tough decisions over the last few weeks, but I'm happy to get up there and am ready to play. … Plymouth looks like a strong team with one of the best coaches in the league (Mike Vellucci) -- if not the best, in my opinion. I've seen Plymouth play a few times, especially when Tyler Seguin was there, and it was great to watch."
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Oleksiak added to Canada junior camp roster

Thursday, 07.28.2011 / 2:38 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Just three days after opting to forego his college career at Northeastern University and sign with the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit, defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak on Thursday was added to the Canadian National Junior Team summer development camp roster.

The camp, which now includes four goalies, 17 defensemen and 26 forwards, is scheduled for Aug. 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alta., and will feature 47 of the top Canadian players born in 1992 and 1993. The camp will be used to help determine the 22-man roster that will participate in the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.

Oleksiak, taken by the Dallas Stars with the 14th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. He had been invited to attend USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, which will be held Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y., but will attend the Hockey Canada camp instead.
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Kelowna Rockets to host 2012 Top Prospects Game

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 3:14 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League will host the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The event will be held Feb. 1, 2012 at Prospera Place, and feature 40 of the top prospects for the 2012 Entry Draft playing this season in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League.

Players for the event, which has been held annually since 1996, are picked by the 30 NHL teams, with NHL Central Scouting coordinating the event.
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Ducks pick Gibson to play for OHL Kitchener

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 3:13 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

John Gibson, a 2011 second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks, on Wednesday became the fourth player in two weeks to forego his NCAA eligibility when he informed the University of Michigan he would continue his career with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League next season.

The 6-foot-2 1/2, 206-pound goaltender was selected by Kitchener in the 11th round of the 2009 OHL draft.

"John plays with confidence and has the unique ability to control his rebounds," Rangers head scout Murray Hiebert said. "He has a pedigree of success. His combination of size and athleticism allow him to be a great prospect for the Anaheim Ducks and we look forward to having John with us in Kitchener."
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Top 2012 draft prospects at Ivan Hlinka Tourney

Wednesday, 07.27.2011 / 1:44 PM / Prospects

Bill Meltzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Held each August in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament marks the start of the international hockey season and the beginning of the exhaustive scouting process that culminates the following June with the Entry Draft. The 2011 edition of the tournament will run from Aug. 8-13 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

Players born in 1994 and later are eligible for the 2011 Hlinka tourney. While the birthday cutoff eliminates some of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft -- such as Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray, who captained Canada to gold in last year's tournament --  there still will be a host of top 2012 (and 2013) draft candidates showcasing their talents.
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Oleksiak leaves Northeastern for Saginaw

Monday, 07.25.2011 / 12:33 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"Northeastern has been phenomenal for me and has really helped in my development, but as for what's happening next year, it's all up in the air. My goal is to play professional hockey one day, and I really want to go where it's going to continue my development and get to my goal and help me achieve the most."
-- Jamieson Oleksiak

Jamieson Oleksiak, taken by the Dallas Stars with the 14th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, has signed with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.

At 6-foot-7 and 241 pounds, Oleksiak was the biggest player selected last month when the Stars tabbed the defenseman, who had played one season at Northeastern University.

He had 13 points and 57 penalty minutes in 38 games at Northeastern last season, but the wheels for his departure likely started when coach Greg Cronin left last month to became an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Northeastern has been phenomenal for me and has really helped in my development, but as for what's happening next year, it's all up in the air," Oleksiak told the Stars' website at the draft. "My goal is to play professional hockey one day, and I really want to go where it's going to continue my development and get to my goal and help me achieve the most."
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Campbell ready to use adversity on road to success

Thursday, 07.21.2011 / 8:56 PM / Prospects

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Jack Campbell speaks about his performance last season with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League in pretty blunt terms.

"I think it couldn't have gone better mentally for me," Campbell said. "I had my first up-and-down start to a year where normally I've been consistent the entire year. Last year I had a couple bad games that I'm not used to having.

In 45 games this past season, campbell was 24-14-4 with a 3.80 goals-against-average. In 18 playoff games, he went 9-6-3 with two shutouts and a 3.74 GAA.

While his first year in the Stars organization has been a good one, the 19-year-old goaltender, taken with the 11th pick of the 2010 Entry Draft, knows he is capable of much more.
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Murphy hoping to follow in Skinner's footsteps

Wednesday, 07.20.2011 / 2:37 PM / Prospects

Greg Picker - NHL.com Staff Writer

For Ryan Murphy, summer is no time for rest. The 18-year-old defenseman, taken by the Carolina Hurricanes with the 12th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, is using his offseason as a catalyst for making the NHL as soon as possible.

Part of that was attending the Hurricanes' conditioning camp earlier this month.

"It was what I expected," said Murphy. "I heard it was going to be a tough four days and it was. We had a lot of good workouts. We had a lot of fun as well. They killed us but it was a learning experience."

A learning experience Murphy hopes will lead him down the same path as a former teammate. 
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