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2011 World Junior Championship

Busy times for Beaulieu

Thursday, 08.19.2010 / 9:00 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

For Nathan Beaulieu, there is no offseason.

The days of soaking up the summer sun and enjoying time away from school are a thing of the past for defenseman Nathan Beaulieu as he prepares for the upcoming season with the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs.

According to NHL Central Scouting, Beaulieu is the top-ranked player eligible for the 2011 Entry Draft, and he's working hard to stay there. He said he has spent five to six days a week this summer in the gym. And when he's not working out, he's skating or watching video, doing anything he can to improve his game for the upcoming season, because he knows it's the biggest season of his life.
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Allain sees many positives from first look at hopefuls

Tuesday, 08.10.2010 / 2:59 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It was only a week in the summer, but U.S. coach Keith Allain said his first look at the players competing for roster spots for the 2011 World Junior Championship team went as well as he could have hoped.

"My goal going in there was to get to know the guys as hockey players and a little bit as individuals, and also give them a taste of what I'm all about," Allain told NHL.com. "I don't think anybody had a bad camp. Everyone that was there is a legitimate candidate for the national junior team and would do well if put into the tournament."

The week started with three days of intrasquad scrimmages, which allowed Allain to make some cuts and assess the play from above the ice before climbing behind the bench for four games against Finland and Sweden.
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Pens see growth and development in Despres' game

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 6:23 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

When Simon Despres first pulled a Penguins sweater over his 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame as the 30th pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, he was joining an organization fresh off two consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances and two weeks removed from a thrilling Game 7 victory over the Red Wings and subsequent parade through downtown Pittsburgh.

He hopes to be wearing that Penguins sweater again when the archrival Philadelphia Flyers come calling on Opening Night 2010 at the new Consol Energy Center.

In the meantime, it's all about continual development -- which, for the 19-year-old Despres, started last season for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. It has continued through to the most recent Team Canada World Juniors development camp, where Despres was among 46 invitees.
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Beukeboom embraced chance to join Canada's camp

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 3:02 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

With Brock Beukeboom's busy schedule so far this summer -- including the Entry Draft, defenseman camp, Tampa Bay Lightning prospect camp and, most recently, the Hockey Canada National Team Development Camp -- there hasn't been much in the way of down time except for perhaps the occasional round of golf.

Beukeboom just finished up a stint at the Canadian national team's development camp, held in Saint John, Nfld. He was originally an alternate who was invited after some late scratches, but said that didn't really make a difference in how he played.

"I knew I was an alternate and it’s a pretty big honor to be an alternate, especially being a little older than the other kids at camp," he told NHL.com. "If I got the call, I wanted to make the best impression possible, but if I didn’t, it would make me work that much harder to get invited. I felt I showcased myself well at the camp."
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Samuelsson, Wey hope for Lake Placid redemption

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 2:57 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

A year ago, defensemen Philip Samuelsson and Patrick Wey made the journey to Lake Placid, N.Y., to compete for spots on the 2010 U.S. World Junior Championship team.

They came up short in their quest, and instead watched from afar as the players they competed with memorably won gold in Saskatoon.

This August, the pair was back again and had a far better showing, surviving the first round of cuts.

"I already made it a little farther than I did last year, so that's a good step," Wey told NHL.com.

Wey, a 6-foot-3, 203-pounder taken by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round of the 2009 Entry Draft, arrived in Lake Placid a few months after scoring 34 points in 58 games for Waterloo of the USHL. He admits now he was not prepared for the level of play at the camp.

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Cameron enjoyed first look at WJC team hopefuls

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 12:46 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"We just wanted to allow them to play to their strengths. Don't worry about making mistakes, this is a game based on mistakes. Strut the stuff that got you here. For us it was all about the effort, the compete, and we were very happy with that." -- Dave Cameron

After four days of watching 46 of the best under-20 players compete on and off the ice for spots on Canada's 2011 World Junior Championship roster, coach Dave Cameron said he feels good at how the process for picking the team has started.

The players gathered in St. John's, Nfld., from Aug. 4-7 to showcase themselves to Cameron, his coaching staff and the Hockey Canada brain trust that will field the team to go to Buffalo in December looking to avenge an overtime gold-medal game loss to the U.S. last January in Saskatoon.

"We do very little in this camp as far as systems," Cameron told NHL.com. "We talk about the special teams, but we just give them the basics. We gave them an aggressive forecheck, but the best way to describe it is it's summer time and we didn't think it would do any good to give them too much. We just wanted to allow them to play to their strengths. Don't worry about making mistakes, this is a game based on mistakes. Strut the stuff that got you here. For us it was all about the effort, the compete, and we were very happy with that."

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Nelson competing for U.S. World Junior spot

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 12:34 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Of all the prospects who attended USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in August, none had a greater connection to the camp's location, Lake Placid, N.Y., than Brock Nelson.

The 2010 first-round pick of the New York Islanders is part of U.S. hockey royalty -- his grandfather, Billy Christian, and great uncle, Roger Christian, played on Team USA's 1960 Olympic champion hockey team. His uncle, Dave Christian, played for the historic 1980 team that beat the Soviets and won gold in Lake Placid.

While this is Nelson's first trip to the hallowed Olympic town, he certainly has felt right at home.

"The famous picture of the pile-up they had after the game, it's everywhere," Nelson told NHL.com. "It's in the (Olympic) Training Center where we're staying, it's on the front of the rink. I see it everywhere. That's pretty cool.
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USA Hockey junior evaluation camp Blog

Saturday, 08.07.2010 / 8:00 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

U.S. finishes on a high.
08.07.2010 / 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Yesterday the U.S. played its worst period of the week-long USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation camp in the second against Sweden. Today against Finland, they might have played their best.

They trailed 3-1 early in the second, but scored five straight to take an 8-3 decision to close the camp.

"We maintained puck control today, and it showed," said U.S. coach Keith Allain.
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Swedes avenge poor showing with 4-1 win over USA

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 8:45 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Some days you're the hammer, other days you're the nail.

Sweden goalie Robin Lehner got nailed by the U.S. Tuesday, giving up four goals on six shots and getting yanked just 4:05 into the game. Lehner wasn't the only player to feel the wrath of the U.S., which rode their 4-0 first-period lead to a 6-3 victory, but the goalie got hit the hardest.

In Friday's rematch, Lehner dropped the hammer on the Team USA skaters, stopping 22 of 23 shots in a 4-1 victory in an exhibition game at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp on the USA Rink at the Olympic Center.

Sweden scored three power-play goals in a 2:15 span in the second period to break open a scoreless game. Anton Lander, Calle Jarnkrok and William Wallen had the goals in the second, and Patrick Cehlin added a power-play goal in the third.
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Despite gold medals, Campbell has no job guarantee

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 12:56 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The slogan for the U.S. team working at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp is "Earned, not given," and that applies to everyone -- even the goaltender with the bushel of gold medals.

Jack Campbell, who backstopped the U.S. to the 2010 World Junior Championship gold medal in Saskatoon -- the sandwich between a pair of World Under-18 Championship golds -- is working just as hard to make the 2011 WJC team as he did last year.

He has no choice, as fellow netminders Andy Iles and Zane Gothberg are pushing him for the two spots on the team that will go to Buffalo as defending champions in December.

When Gothberg, the youngest of the three, starts Thursday against Sweden, coach Keith Allain and the USA Hockey staff will have had the chance to judge each goaltender.

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