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Fox, Parsons remain at U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames prospects Adam Fox and Tyler Parsons remain at the 2016 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp after the first round of cuts on Tuesday.

33 players will continue on at the camp after 10 players were released: forwards Joseph Anderson (New Jersey Devils), Max Jones (Anaheim Ducks), Casey Mittelstadt (2017 draft eligible), Rem Pitlick (Nashville Predators), Brendan Warren (2017 draft eligible), Kailer Yamamoto (2017 draft eligible), and defencemen Sean Day (New York Rangers), James Greenway (Toronto Maple Leafs), Luke Martin (2017 draft eligible), and Joseph Masonius (Pittsburgh Penguins).

Riley Tufte (Dallas Stars) and Flames 2016 first round pick Matthew Tkachuk have also left camp for precautionary reasons. Tufte suffered a wrist injury in USA Blue's 6-4 win against Sweden on Monday. Tkachuk, who played for the USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, did not skate this week to rest after a lengthy 2015-16 season.

"I'd love to be out there playing but there's no need for me to be out there playing with the long season I had," Tkachuk told "And rest is probably the best thing for me at this point. … Talking with [U.S. WJC general manager] Jim Johansson about it, he was completely understanding about it. He wanted the same for me. We all know that when I come back, if I have the chance to represent this team at Christmastime, I want to be a leader and want to be looked upon as a leader."

Fox, the Flames' third round pick in this year's draft, is headed to Harvard this fall after a historic season with the U.S. National Development Program in 2015-16. He set the program's single-season record for points by a defenceman with 59 points in 64 games.

Parsons, drafted in the second round this year, spent the 2015-16 campaign in the Ontario Hockey League, capturing the OHL Championship and the Memorial Cup with the London Knights. He held a 37-9-3 record in the regular season a 2.33 GAA and a .921 save percentage. In the playoffs, he went 16-1-1 with a 2.15 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

The U.S. camp runs until Saturday, Aug. 6 with games against Sweden (Wednesday, 2:00 PM MT, NHLN, TSN, FASTHockey), Finland (Friday, 2:00 PM MT, NHLN, TSN2, FASTHockey), and Canada (Saturday, 5:00 PM MT, NHLN, TSN4, FASTHockey).

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