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2012 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp underway

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- USA Hockey's 2012 National Junior Evaluation Camp kicked off on Saturday with three Calgary Flames prospects taking part in the camp.

Johnny Gaudreau, Patrick Sieloff and Jon Gillies are in attendance, hoping to make an impression with the coaching staff and land a spot on the 2013 Team USA World Junior Championship roster.

The camp features exhibition games against Finland and Sweden:

August 6:

USA Blue vs. Finland - 11:00 AM MT

USA White vs. Sweden - 2:30 PM MT

August 8:

USA vs. Finland - 2:00 PM MT

August 9:

USA vs. Sweden - 2:00 PM MT

August 11:

USA vs. Finland - 11:00 AM MT

Fans can follow the games using USA Hockey's live scoring system HERE.

Gaudreau, Sieloff and Gillies all have experience donning the red, white and blue.

In the 2009-10 campaign, Gaudreau led all skaters at the 2010 USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp in scoring with five goals and 12 points to his name. He also suited up for the USA in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka tournament. He played in five games at the tournament, registering two goals and four points while capturing a silver medal.

Gaudreau was on the cusp of making the U20 squad last year but was one of the final players cut from the team. He used that disappointment to his advantage back in Boston College, turning in an excellent performance in the second half of the season and helped lead the Eagles to a national championship.

"I was pretty upset about getting cut from World Juniors," Gaudreau said. "I was one of the last cuts up in Edmonton I think it was. I came back home a little upset and my coaches said don't worry about it.

"I came back, they put me in a whole bunch of opportunities - power play, penalty kill, stuff like that - just all the opportunities they gave me, I exploded with so I'm thankful for that."

Sieloff has suited up for his country on more than one occasion in his career. He played for the USA in the 2011 World Hockey Challenge, scoring one goal and one assist in six games. He potted one goal and recorded three points in four games at the 2010 Four Nations tournament. He also played in the Vlad Dzurilla U18 tournament in Slovakia during the 2010-11 season, skating in three games.

Last year, Sieloff helped Team USA capture gold at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship, earning a plus-three rating in six outings.

During the 2009-10 season, Gillies attended USA Hockey's National Development Team Program's camp and represented the USA in the 2011 Ivan Hlinka tournament. He appeared in all four of the games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, starting three of them and going 3-1 overall.

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