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Duncan Siemens At U20 Camp

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Having completed his first World Junior Championship development camp, the Colorado Avalanche’s 11th overall pick in this year’s draft now plays the waiting game.

Duncan Siemens was among 47 of Canada’s top players born in 1992 and 1993 competing for a spot on a 22-man roster that will represent Canada at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship taking place in Edmonton and Calgary from December 26 – January 5.  Of the 47 invitees, approximately 35 players will be invited to a selection camp in December.  From that group, 22 will be chosen to represent Canada. 
Duncan Siemens (right) looks to clear the puck from the crease during the red/white intra-squad scrimmage held on August 6 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta (Photo courtesy of Andy Devlin Hockey Canada Images).

The six-day development camp was highlighted by two intra-squad scrimmages held on Saturday in Edmonton and Sunday in Fort McMurray, Alberta. 

Siemens participated in the first of two scrimmages on a team that featured fellow first-round picks Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1st overall – EDM), Dougie Hamilton (9th overall – BOS), Ryan Murphy (12th overall – CAR) and Sean Couturier (8th overall – PHI) to name a few.  Among the bigger defensemen invited to camp, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, played with an edge used his size to deliver several quality hits.  And although he didn’t show up on the score sheet, Siemens made smart decisions with-and-without the puck. 

The development camp featured seven returning players from Canada’s silver-winning 2011 squad including forwards Brett Connolly, Sean Couturier, Quinton Howden, Ryan Johansen and Jaden Schwartz, defenseman Erik Gudbranson and goaltender Mark Visentin.  Nearly half of the 47 players invited to camp were taken in this year’s draft (20).

At 17 years of age, Siemens is the third youngest player on the 47-man roster and one of 12 players representing the Western Hockey League.  Only defensemen Ryan Murray (September 27, 1993) and Cody Ceci (December 21, 1993) were born later than Siemens (September 7, 1993). 

Looking back at 2010-11
Siemens appeared in all 72 games for the Saskatoon Blades (WHL).  He tallied 43 points (5g/38a) with a +40 plus/minus rating and 121 penalty minutes.  Only Avalanche prospect Stefan Elliott (81) had more points among Blades defensemen.  Siemens went on to collect four points (1g/3a) in 10 playoff games. 

Looking back at 2009-10
Appeared in 57 regular season games for Saskatoon as a 16-year-old and recorded 20 points (3g/17a) and 87 PIM.  He also helped Canada to gold at the 2010 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial with a goal and two assists in five games. 

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