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Turgeon to help U.S. effort at Hlinka tournament

by Adam Kimelman

Dominic Turgeon, a candidate to hear his name called early at the 2014 NHL Draft, was one of 22 players picked to represent the United States at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.


Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth, OHL
Blake Weyrick, USA U-18, USHL

*Brandon Carlo, Tri-City, WHL
Jack Dougherty, USA U-18, USHL
Aaron Haydon, Niagara, OHL
Ryan Mantha, Sioux City, USHL
Robert Nardella, Sioux City, USHL
Jerad Rosburg, Cedar Rapids, USHL
Nick Wolff, Eagan, HIGH-MN

*Paul Bittner, Portland, WHL
*Kyle Connor, Youngstown, USHL
Joey Dudek, Kimball Union, HIGH-NH
Keegan Iverson, Portland, WHL
Dylan Malmquist, Edina, HIGH-MN
Cody Milan, Sioux Falls, USHL
Chase Phelps, Shattuck-St. Mary's, HIGH-MN
Austin Poganski, Tri-City, USHL
Nick Schmaltz, Green Bay, USHL
Joe Snively, Sioux City, USHL
Dominic Turgeon, Portland, WHL
Ryan Wagner, Cedar Rapids, USHL
*Jake Wahlin, Des Moines, USHL

*- eligible for 2015 NHL Draft

The tournament, which runs Aug. 3-10, will be held in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. The United States will be in Group B, along with Finland, Russia and Slovakia.

Turgeon, a 6-foot-1.5, 211-pound center, had eight points in 54 games as a rookie last season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, and saw action in five playoff games as Portland won the WHL title. He is the son of former NHL star Pierre Turgeon.

Also among the top 2014 prospects picked for the team is goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, who went 19-2-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 26 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League last season, and emerged as the team's No. 1 goalie in the OHL playoffs, posting a 2.71 GAA and .908 save percentage in 15 games as Plymouth reached the OHL semifinals.

Of the 22 players picked, 18 are eligible for the 2014 draft, with four eligible for 2015 -- defenseman Brandon Carlo, and forwards Paul Bittner, Kyle Connor and Jake Wahlin.

Former NHL player Bob Corkum, who now serves as the New York Islanders development coach, will coach the team.


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