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Prospects

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

NHL.com

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

NHL.com

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

NHL.com

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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Minney hoping recent success grabs scouts' attention

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Hailing from an Eastern Pennsylvania town of a little more than 2,700 people, goalie prospect Minney might be on his way out of the small town and onto the big stage.

After moving from Georgia, Minney was raised in Wind Gap, Pa., a town located halfway up the border between Pennsylvania and Delaware. He played for the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2012-13 season, starting 35 games while carrying a 4.04 goals-against average and .890 save percentage.

The Michigan State University commit impressed during the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, playing in three games for the United States while earning a 2.14 GAA and .857 save percentage.

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Russia beats OHL in Game 3 of Super Series

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 10:37 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Nikita Zadorov made his return to junior hockey by assisting on three goals as Russia beat the Ontario Hockey League 5-2 on Thursday night in Oshawa, Ontario, in the third game of the Subway Super Series.

The Buffalo Sabres returned Zadorov to the London Knights of the OHL on Tuesday after he had one goal in seven NHL games, but the defenseman has yet to play for the Knights. He had 25 points and a plus-33 rating in 65 games with London last season, then was taken by the Sabres with the 16th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Sergei Tolchinsky, Alexei Bereglazov, Ildar Shiksatdarov, Vladimir Butuzov and Vladimir Tkachyov scored goals and Ivan Nalimov made 41 saves as Russia won its first Super Series game after losing to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday and Wednesday.

The OHL outshot Russia 43-22, including 20-6 in the second period. Chris Bigras had a pair of assists for the OHL, Kerby Rychel and Brock McGinn had goals and Matt Murray stopped 17 of 21 shots.

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Milano combines talent with hard-nosed play

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Sonny Milano is a big fan of 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Patrick Kane.

It makes perfect sense, as Kane is an American and former standout for the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Milano, born in Massapequa, N.Y., is currently starring for the U.S. Under-18 NTDP in the United States Hockey League.

"The reason I'm a big Patrick Kane fan is because I not only like the way he plays, but how he makes players around him better; how he can see the ice and make plays," Milano said. "That's how I want to be."

Milano will often display the offensive pop Kane showcases daily for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, but don't think for a second he doesn't enjoy getting his hands dirty in the corners to help his teammates. Milano does bring an edge to his game.

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QMJHL tops Russia in Game 2 of Super Series

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 10:34 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Anthony Duclair's goal with 7:32 remaining in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to a 4-3 victory against Russia on Wednesday in the second game of the Subway Super Series, played in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Daniel Audette, who plays for the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL, had a goal and an assist and was named player of the game for the QMJHL. A top 2014 NHL Draft prospect, the 5-foot-8, 177-pound left wing earned a B rating from NHL Central Scouting in its November player to watch list.

Anthony Mantha and Christopher Clapperton also scored for the QMJHL and goalie Sebastien Auger made 22 saves as QMJHL swept their two games in the Super Series for the first time since 2009. The QMJHL won 3-2 on Monday in Gatineau, Quebec.

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