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Mayfield, Ferlin added to U.S. junior evaluation camp

by Adam Kimelman /
Defenseman Scott Mayfield and right wing Brian Ferlin have been added to USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, to be held Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Mayfield, taken by the New York Islanders in the second round (No. 34) of the 2011 Entry Draft, had 16 points in 52 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League last season. He played in the USHL All-Star Game and also was named MVP of the 2010 World Junior 'A' Challenge. He'll play at the University of Denver in the fall.

Ferlin, taken by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round of last month's draft, was third in the USHL last season with 73 points in 55 games while playing for the Indiana Ice.

They'll be replacing defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak and forward Brandon Saad, who declined their invitations. Oleksiak, who has dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship, will be attending Canada's national junior camp in Edmonton in August.

Mayfield and Ferlin will join 42 other players in the first step in competing for spots on the U.S. team for the 2012 World Junior Championship, to be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2012, in Edmonton and Calgary.

Among the other players invited to the camp are nine players from last year's team that won the bronze medal in Buffalo -- goaltenders Jack Campbell and Andy Iles, defensemen Justin Faulk, Derek Forbort and Jonathan Merrill, and forwards Nick Bjugstad, Charlie Coyle, Emerson Etem and Jason Zucker.

Campbell and Zucker are trying for their third WJC team; they also won gold with the U.S. in Saskatoon in 2010.

Dean Blais, who coached the U.S. to gold in 2010, has returned to lead the 2012 team. Scott Sandelin, Tom Ward and Joe Exter will serve as assistant coaches, and Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan also will be part of the camp coaching staff.

Also attending the camp will be four players taken in the first round of the 2011 Entry Draft -- center Jonathan Miller (No. 15, Rangers), defenseman Connor Murphy (No. 20, Coyotes), right wing Stefan Noesen (No. 21, Senators) and right wing Tyler Biggs (No. 22, Toronto).

Twenty NHL teams will have at least one prospect at the camp, topped by five from the Chicago Blackhawks -- goaltender Mac Carruth, defensemen Adam Clendening, Justin Holl and Stephen Johns, and forward Kevin Hayes. The Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers will have four players each there. Kings prospects at the camp will be defenseman Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel, and forwards Michael Mersch and Nicholas Shore, while the Panthers prospects attending are forwards Nick Bjugstad, Connor Brickley, Rocco Grimaldi and Vincent Trocheck.

The two youngest players invited were Fargo Force defenseman Brian Cooper, who is eligible for the 2012 Draft, and U.S. National Team Development Program defenseman Seth Jones, who won't be draft-eligible until 2013.

This year's camp will feature intrasquad scrimmages, as well as exhibition games against Finland and Sweden.

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