Teams USA, Canada, Finland and Sweden will begin preparing their rosters for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship this weekend and three Buffalo Sabres prospects from the 2013 NHL Draft will be working hard to make a strong impression.
|Justin Bailey (Photo: Kitchener Rangers) |
J.T. Compher, Justin Bailey and Gustav Possler will be among those at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Aug. 3-10. The camp will see the four countries practice and play each other in exhibition games.
Team USA features two future Sabres in second-round picks in Compher (No. 35 overall) and Buffalo native Bailey (No. 52 overall). The Americans will initially split their camp up into two teams. Compher will skate for Team White while Bailey will dress for Team Blue.
Compher helped the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team win the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia in April. He’s also won gold as a member of that team in 2012.
Possler, picked by Buffalo in the fifth-round (No. 130 overall), will represent Team Sweden.
Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo’s top pick (No. 8 overall), was scheduled to be in attendance for Team Finland but was removed from the roster Thursday. He’s played for the Finnish junior team the last two years.
The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship is scheduled to take place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden.
Kris Baker of Sabres Prospects will have recaps of every game involving Sabres players here at Sabres.com. Also look for exclusive blog posts from Bailey throughout the week.
The camp schedule is as follows:
Saturday, Aug. 3
USA Blue Practice 9-9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice 10-10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:45-2:15 p.m.
USA White/Blue Practice 5-6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4
Sweden Practice 8:15-8:45 a.m.
USA Blue Practice 9-9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 9:45-10:15 a.m.
USA White vs. Sweden 1 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland 4 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 5
USA White Practice 9-9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45-10:15 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden 1 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Sweden Practice 9:45 -10:45 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Finland Practice 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Canada Practice 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Sweden Practice 9-9:30 a.m.
USA Practice 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Finland/Canada Practice 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Canada vs. Finland 1 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Sweden Practice 9- 9:30 a.m.
Canada Practice 9:45-10:15 a.m.
USA/FInland Practice 10:45-11:45 a.m.
USA vs. Finland 1 p.m.
Canada vs. Sweden 4:15 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 9
Finland Practice 9-10 a.m.
USA Practice 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Canada Practice 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sweden Practice 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Finland Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA/Canada Practice 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
USA vs. Canada 1:00 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:15 p.m.