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World Junior Summer Showcase Day 3 notebook

Oilers prospect Broberg will play in SHL this season; Farabee, York impress for U.S.

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Philip Broberg, selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 8 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, will play for Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League this season.

The 18-year-old defenseman said he made the decision shortly after returning to Sweden from Oilers development camp last month. He also said he would not attend Edmonton training camp.

"It's a great organization for developing," Broberg said of Skelleftea. "I know I'm not good enough to make the NHL team right now, that's why I'm going to Skelleftea, to play against men every day, to practice against them, to play in probably the third-best league in the world, to get better and come back next year and make the [Oilers]."

 

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Broberg, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract July 4, also had the option of playing with Hamilton of the Ontario Hockey League, which holds his Canadian Hockey League rights after selecting him with the No. 54 pick of the 2018 CHL import draft.

During development camp, Broberg said fellow Oilers prospects, defenseman Evan Bouchard (London) and forward Ryan McLeod (Mississauga), each did their best to sell him on the positive of playing in the OHL, but he felt returning to Sweden was the best option.

"[The Oilers] said the place where you think would be the best for your developing is where you should play," Broberg said. "And if that's the OHL to play 35 minutes a game or the SHL and compete against men every day and play tougher games. Me and Edmonton thought that the SHL was the best thing for me."

 

Farabee, York give Flyers high hopes for future

USA Blue forward Joel Farabee (No. 14, 2018 NHL Draft) and defenseman Cameron York (No. 14, 2019 draft) got to know each other during their time at Philadelphia Flyers development camp at the end of June, and certainly are enjoying their time together as teammates this week. The two made a big impact during a 7-1 win against Finland on Sunday.

Farabee scored two goals, and York also scored to give USA Blue a 4-1 lead after two periods. Bobby Brink (2019, No. 34), the third Flyers prospect on the team, had an assist.

"We're definitely playing really well," Farabee said. "That game you could tell a lot of things were clicking in a lot of places. I thought Bobby and Cam had really good games. As a team we felt really good."

Farabee's first goal came on a beautiful move around Finland defenseman Kim Nousiainen on the rush. It gave USA Blue a 2-0 lead at 16:13 of the first period.

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"I knew he was smaller [defenseman] just from looking at him so I knew he probably wasn't going to try to hit me," Farabee said. "I saw him open his feet a bit and I just put it right through and got body position on him."

York made it 3-1 at 1:00 of the second period when he one-timed a puck from the top of the left circle, and Farabee scored again from in close at 19:24 of the second to make it 4-1.

"He's obviously a world-class talent," York said of Farabee. "He's going to be for years to come. I'm excited to hopefully get to play with him down the road."

Farabee said his time with York has him excited for the future. He'll start his pro career this season and York will attend the University of Michigan. Farabee doesn't think it'll be long before York joins him in the NHL. 

"Definitely think Cam is a really good player," Farabee said. "Really excited to play with him now and really excited to play with him in the future."

 
Lundkvist out for Sweden

Nils Lundkvist of Sweden will miss the remainder of the WJSS because of a lower-body injury sustained late in the third period of a 4-2 loss against USA Blue on Saturday.

The right-shot defenseman was chosen in the first round (No. 28) of the 2018 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers. Lundkvist (5-foot-11, 187-pounds) is expected to play with Lulea of the SHL this season. The 19-year-old had a goal and an assist in five games for Sweden at the 2019 World Junior Championship.

"We're looking at him now and we need to evaluate him, but my guess is he'll be out the remainder of the week," Sweden coach Tomas Monten said Sunday. "We're not going to play him anymore. Maybe he'll get an X-ray (Monday) and we'll have to talk to Lulea as well to find out what they're saying. He got caught up in the net somehow at the end of the game and didn't feel good."

 

Heinola could return for Finland

Defenseman Ville Heinola missed Finland's 7-1 loss to USA Blue on Sunday because of an undisclosed injury.

Coach Raimo Helminen said he wasn't allowed to be more specific about the injury, only to say that it isn't severe and that Heinola could play later in the WJSS. Finland next plays Wednesday against Canada.

"He should be fine," Helminen said. "Should be. He should play (again)."

Heinola, selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 20 pick of the 2019 draft, is one of four players at the WJSS who helped Finland win the gold medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had two points (one goal, one assist) in five games.

NHL.com staff writer Mike G. Morreale contributed to this report

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