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Projecting Team USA’s 2014 World Junior Roster

USA Hockey revealed it’s 26-player preliminary camp roster yesterday morning for the the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo Sweden later this month.The selection camp will take place between Dec.15-18 in Minneapolis and will include five practices at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota, as well as a pre-tournament game at Minnesota State University on Dec. 17. The final roster will be announced on Dec. 23rd. University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia will run a camp that includes 15 forwards, eight defenseman, and three goaltenders. Returning from last year’s gold medal-winning team are forwards Riley Barber of Miami University and …

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2013 NHL Entry Draft: Updated (5/31) Mock Draft Two

There have been some changes from the time my last mock draft posted until now. The players who rose the most were Nikita Zadorov (London Knights; OHL) and Robert Hagg (Modo; Swedish Elite League). Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers; WHL) and Steven Santini (US U-18; USHL) were the biggest fallers in the first round. There are also two new faces in this mock draft: Robert Hagg (above) and Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets; WHL). The breakdown and full mock draft is below. You can find my first mock here, as well as Tom’s first mock. Additionally, here is Tom’s revised mock. …

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2013 NHL Entry Draft: Top 30 Prospect List Two

Tom Zulewski and I wanted to compile our very own top 30 list of prospects for the upcoming draft. This is a list of who I believe are the top 30 players available. This does not necessarily mean each player will be drafted in the position I have them in. You can find Tom’s Top 30 here. Also be sure to check out my mock draft, as well as Tom’s mock draft. Seth Jones, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) (6’4” 208 lbs.) Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (6’0” 182 lbs.) Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (SM-liiga) (6’3” 209 lbs.) Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax Mooseheads …

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Draft Eligibles 2013: Is Quebec Remparts winger Adam Erne the next great Connecticut born player?

Like many elite hockey players across North America, living away from home is nothing new. In fact it’s the norm. For New Haven, Connecticut native and Quebec Remparts winger Adam Erne, being on the road is something he has grown accustomed too. So how does a kid from Connecticut wind up playing in one of the premier junior hockey leagues in the world? When Erne was 13 years old he moved from New England to California to play with the elite Los Angeles Kings Selects program. In fact, he actually billeted with the family of Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie …