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Vrana, Pastrnak lead Czech team at WJC camp

by Adam Kimelman

Two players picked in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft will be part of the Czech Republic team that will take part in the Hockey Canada National Junior Team Summer Development Camp to be held Aug. 3-8 in Montreal.

The camp, which also will feature Canada and Russia, is one of the first steps in the construction of teams that will play in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal.

Jakub Vrana (No. 13, Washington Capitals) and David Pastrnak (No. 25, Boston Bruins) are two of six players that will take part in the camp who helped the Czechs finish sixth at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. Vrana had one goal and one assist in five games; Pastrnak had one goal and two assists in five games.

Also at the camp from last year's team are defenseman David Nemecek and forwards David Kampf, Ondrej Kase and Patrick Zdrahal.

Of the 23 players attending for the Czechs, 18 are eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. Five others were picked in the 2014 draft: Vrana, Pastrnak, Kase (Anaheim Ducks), defenseman Dominik Masin (Tampa Bay Lightning) and goaltender Vitek Vanecek (Washington Capitals).

Russia, which beat Canada to win the bronze medal at the previous two World Junior tournaments, will have three players from its 2014 team at the camp: forwards Ivan Barbashev, Pavel Buchnevich and Valentin Zykov.

Buchnevich, a 2013 third-round pick (No. 75) of the New York Rangers was second on the team at last year's tournament with seven points in seven games. Barbashev, a 2014 second-round pick (No. 33) of the St. Louis Blues, had one goal and one assist in seven games. Zykov, a 2013 second-round pick (No. 37) of the Los Angeles Kings, had six shots on goal in seven games.

Of the 28 players on Russia's roster, 19 are eligible for the NHL draft. Of the nine that have been drafted, two were by the Rangers: Buchnevich and goaltender Igor Shesterkin.

The teams will practice and play games around the Montreal area during the week. The Czechs also will take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, playing against the United States on Aug. 9 in Lake Placid, N.Y.



Goalies: Miroslav Svoboda, Trinec Jr., CZREP-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Vitek Vanecek, Liberec Jr., CZREP-JR. (Washington Capitals); Karel Vejmelka, Pardubice Jr., CZREP-JR. (2015 draft eligible)

Defensemen: Marek Baranek, Litvinov, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); Robert Cerny, Chomutov, CZREP-2 (2015 draft eligible); Tomas Dvorak, Karlovy Var, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); Lukas Klok, Vitkovice, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); Dominik Masin, Slavia, CZREP (Tampa Bay Lightning); David Nemecek, Saskatoon, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Filip Pyrochta, Liberec Jr., CZREP-JR. (2015 draft eligible)

Forwards: Sebastian Gorcik, Karlovy Vary, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); David Kampf, Chomutov, CZREP-2 (2015 draft eligible); Ondrej Kase, Chomutov, CZREP-2 (Anaheim Ducks); Ondrej Kopta, HR Kralove, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); Jan Mandat, Victoriaville, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); David Michel, Plzen, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); David Pastrnak, Sodertalje, SWE-2 (Boston Bruins); Dominik Pokorny, Brno, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); Lubos Rob, Ceske Budjovice, CZREP-2 (2015 draft eligible); Marek Ruzicka, Trinec, CZREP (2015 draft eligible); Jakub Vrana, Linkoping, SWE (Washington Capitals); David Tomasek, Belleville, OHL (2015 draft eligible); Patrik Zdrahal, Vitkovice, CZREP (2015 draft eligible)


Goalies: Timur Bilyalov, ORSK, RUS-2 (2015 draft eligible); Ilya Sorokin, Novokuznetsk, RUS (New York Islanders); Igor Shesterkin, SKA St. Petersburg, RUS (New York Rangers)

Defensemen: Victor Baldaev, Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Nikita Cherepanov, Yaroslavl 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Vladislav Gavrikov, Yaroslavl 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Nikolai Glukhov, Omsk 2, RUS-JR (2015 draft eligible); Ziat Paigin, Kazan 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Rushan Rafikov, Yaroslavl 2, RUS-JR. (Calgary Flames); Mikhail Tikhonov, SKA St. Petersburg 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Rinat Valiev, Kootenay, WHL (Toronto Maple Leafs); Kirill Vorobyev, CSKA 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Dmitri Yudin, St. Petersburg, RUS (2015 draft eligible)

Forwards: Ivan Barbashev, Moncton, QMJHL (St. Louis Blues); Pavel Buchnevich, Cherepovets, RUS (New York Rangers); Radel Fazleev, Calgary, WHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Anatoli Golyshev, Yekaterinburg, RUS (2015 draft eligible); Vyacheslav Leschenko, Mytischi 2, RUS-JR (2015 draft eligible); Maxim Mamin, CSKA 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Aretm Penkovsky, Chelyabinsk 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Igor Rudenkov, Nizhny Novgorod 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Alexander Sharov, Togliatti, RUS (2015 draft eligible); Nikita Shatsky, Chekhov, RUS (2015 draft eligible); Vladimir Tkachev, Moncton, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Sergei Tolchinsky, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Daniil Vovchenko, Cherepovets 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Alexei Yakovlev, Novosibirsk 2, RUS-JR. (2015 draft eligible); Valentin Zykov, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL (Los Angeles Kings)

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