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U.S. opens Junior Evaluation Camp

Saturday, 08.03.2013 / 9:04 AM / News
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U.S. opens Junior Evaluation Camp

The first step in picking the teams for the 2014 World Junior Championship starts this weekend, when the United States, Finland and Sweden arrive in Lake Placid, N.Y., to take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The teams will practice and play exhibition games from Aug. 3-10 on the Herb Brooks 1980 Arena ice at the Olympic Training Center.

Devils' 2012 first-round pick Stefan Matteau and 2013 second-round selection Steve Santini both earned invites to this year's camp. Matteau narrowly missed making the team last year, when he was the final forward cut from the U.S. squad that upended Sweden for gold.

Canada will join the U.S. in Lake Placid after a two-day camp Aug. 4-5 in Brossard, Quebec, at the Montreal Canadiens' training site. Damon Severson, the Devils' 2012 second-rounder, is set to attend.

The group Canada brings to Lake Placid will have one player from the team that finished fourth: Jake Paterson, who was the third goalie last year.

The U.S. group in Lake Placid will have two players from the team that won gold at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia: forward Riley Barber and defenseman Patrick Sieloff.

That team won with an uptempo attack, and coach Don Lucia said he plans on playing the same way it did under coach Phil Housley.

"Looking at how Phil coached and his systems, I don't think the way I like to play is a whole lot different from how the team played last year," Lucia told NHL.com. "We want to be aggressive, we want to recruit players that can skate and take away time and space."

Sweden, which won the silver medal at last year's tournament, won't have two of its best players at the camp -- forwards Filip Forsberg and Elias Lindholm -- but they could have one of the tournament's best goaltenders, Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk.

Finland, which finished seventh last year, will have two recent first-round picks leading its attempt at redemption. Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Teuvo Teravainen had five goals and six assists in six games, and Pittsburgh Penguins defense prospect Olli Maatta had three points in five games and could be in the running for the team captaincy.

Games start Aug. 4, with a split-squad USA White team playing Sweden, and USA Blue playing Finland. On Aug. 5, USA White plays Finland and USA Blue faces Sweden.

On Aug. 7, Canada plays Finland and a cut-down U.S. team plays Sweden; Aug. 8, it's the U.S. against Finland and Canada facing Sweden. Camp closes Aug. 10 after the U.S. plays Canada and Finland faces Sweden.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 34 22 7 5 108 80 49
2 NYI 34 23 11 0 105 94 46
3 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
4 TBL 36 21 11 4 117 96 46
5 DET 35 18 8 9 100 87 45
6 TOR 35 20 12 3 118 102 43
7 NYR 32 18 10 4 97 83 40
8 WSH 34 17 11 6 99 90 40
9 BOS 35 18 14 3 91 91 39
10 FLA 32 15 9 8 73 82 38
11 PHI 34 14 14 6 97 101 34
12 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
13 CBJ 33 14 16 3 80 107 31
14 NJD 36 12 17 7 78 104 31
15 BUF 35 13 19 3 69 115 29
16 CAR 34 10 20 4 70 93 24

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 29 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 35 5 15 -12 20
M. Zidlicky 36 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 24 11 4 -1 15
M. Ryder 34 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 29 4 6 2 10
S. Bernier 25 2 7 4 9
A. Greene 36 0 9 -2 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 4 .917 2.51