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#1 Derrico

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:20 PM

There has been some news lately on Sabres and other prospects that will play for their respective countries and I have not yet seen a thread for this big Christmas / New Years tourney.  This year it's in Sweden.

Here's a link to the Offical Page with schedule.  http://www.worldjunior2014.com/

Some surprising news out of the Canadian camp this year: 2013 7th overall pick Darnell Nurse and 12th overall pick Max Domi have not been invited to the 25 player tryout camp.

http://ca.sports.yah...-211256654.html

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:22 PM

Flames are not loaning Sean Monahan to the Canadian U-20 team for the WJC.

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:29 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 December 2013 - 04:22 PM, said:

Flames are not loaning Sean Monahan to the Canadian U-20 team for the WJC.

Leafs are also not loaning Morgan Rielly to Canadians.
http://ca.sports.yah...-225123208.html

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 05:09 PM

Domi has discipline problems.  Why does this not surprise me?

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:03 PM

View Postshrader, on 03 December 2013 - 05:09 PM, said:

Domi has discipline problems.  Why does this not surprise me?

Shoplifting?

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:29 PM

I'm thinking Grigs to the Russian U-20 team for the WJC when they activate McCormick from I-R: Sabres could send Mikhail Grigorenko to play with Russians or back to junior

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The Sabres are “discussing all possibilities” to find 19-year-old prospect Mikhail Grigorenko playing time, interim coach Ted Nolan said Tuesday.

That means the Sabres could loan the center, a healthy scratch the last two games, to Russia for the world junior championship later this month if he’s invited. He could also get sent back to the junior Quebec Remparts.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 03 December 2013 - 09:30 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:35 AM

2014 Preliminary National Junior Roster Announced

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USA Hockey today unveiled its 26-player preliminary roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.

2014 Training Camp Roster

J.T. Compher is on the roster as expected.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:40 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 04 December 2013 - 09:35 AM, said:

I have a lot of high hopes for this kid.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:50 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 04 December 2013 - 09:35 AM, said:


Should we be concerned that Hurley and Bailey aren't on the list and at least a dozen lower picks are?

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:55 AM

View Postdudacek, on 04 December 2013 - 09:50 AM, said:

Should we be concerned that Hurley and Bailey aren't on the list and at least a dozen lower picks are?
Hurley is very very young. He just turned 18 in September and is still in HS so for him absolutely not. He won't be on our radar for at least another 3 years.  As for Bailey you need to look at the positions and skills the guys bring who were selected.  Bailey is a top 2 winger at that level but if they have 2 top 2 wingers already they like, Bailey doesn't make the cut.  I would say for him I am a little concerned but not overally.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:37 AM

View Postdudacek, on 04 December 2013 - 09:50 AM, said:

Should we be concerned that Hurley and Bailey aren't on the list and at least a dozen lower picks are?

As Liger said Hurley is still very young.  I think everyone was aware that when we took Bailey he was a bit of a project.  Kid was maybe a little overhyped due to his local connections.  Bailey could end up being a second line winger someday but it will take a few years in the O and then A before that happens.

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I'm thinking Grigs to the Russian U-20 team for the WJC when they activate McCormick from I-R: Sabres could send Mikhail Grigorenko to play with Russians or back to junior

I love the idea of sending Grigs to this tourney for a couple of weeks.  Let him play with the best kids in the world his age for a bit.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:16 AM

View Postdudacek, on 04 December 2013 - 09:50 AM, said:

Should we be concerned that Hurley and Bailey aren't on the list and at least a dozen lower picks are?
I think they were passed over for older, more experienced guys.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:25 PM

@pham1717
Grigorenko said if the Russian Federation asks, which they haven't yet, he'd like to play for them in the World Junior Tournament

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

Keep an eye on Eichel, as he may very well be the guy we end up with after tanking next season.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:19 PM

View Postshrader, on 04 December 2013 - 01:43 PM, said:

Keep an eye on Eichel, as he may very well be the guy we end up with after tanking next season.
Here is a Jack Eichel write-up
http://www.bostonglo...JboJ/story.html

Note that his was written by a Boston guy who at one point says "Eichel’s opportunities could prevent him from experiencing a similar outcome"  which he is being derogatory towards Tyler Seguin making him sound like a bust or something.

"In retrospect, Seguin’s physical gifts disguised his shortcomings. During his three years in Boston, Seguin’s hockey sense and toughness trailed his speed and shot. In youth hockey and junior, Seguin didn’t need to develop either attribute. The NHL is a punishing proving ground to learn those qualities. Now, Seguin is an ex-Bruin."

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:21 PM

Yea, because Seguin is working out so terribly in Dallas :lol:

I really don't think an author should use him as the player child for development issues.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:25 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 04 December 2013 - 02:21 PM, said:

Yea, because Seguin is working out so terribly in Dallas :lol:

I really don't think an author should use him as the player child for development issues.
Yea... I read that and was just like WHAT THE F##K? :huh:

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:47 PM

Paul Hamilton tweets: Grigorenko wrote on his FB page, "Flying to RUSSIA on Sunday with my brother Zadorov!!!!)))))))))"

So grigs and zadorov are playing for Russia... that is some good news for them and us.

Edited by LGR4GM, 04 December 2013 - 07:48 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:48 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 04 December 2013 - 07:47 PM, said:

Grigorenko wrote on his FB page, "Flying to RUSSIA on Sunday with my brother Zadorov!!!!)))))))))"

So grigs and zadorov are playing for Russia... that is some good news for them and us.
I had no idea they were related.

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:51 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 04 December 2013 - 07:47 PM, said:

Paul Hamilton tweets: Grigorenko wrote on his FB page, "Flying to RUSSIA on Sunday with my brother Zadorov!!!!)))))))))"

So grigs and zadorov are playing for Russia... that is some good news for them and us.

I like the move!

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:50 AM

View PostRobviously, on 04 December 2013 - 07:48 PM, said:

I had no idea they were related.
THEY'RE NOT.  At least in my fan-fic they're not...

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:55 AM

View PostRobviously, on 04 December 2013 - 07:48 PM, said:

I had no idea they were related.
Brutha from anotha mutha

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 08:56 AM

26CB must still be asleep but

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Gustav Possler (MODO) has been named to Sweden's WJC camp roster >> http://www.hockeysve...ets-jvm-trupp … #Sabres

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:43 AM

For the record:
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The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will loan forward Mikhail Grigorenko to the Russian men's national junior ice hockey team.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:48 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 05 December 2013 - 10:43 AM, said:

For the record:
@SabresPR
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will loan forward Mikhail Grigorenko to the Russian men's national junior ice hockey team.
lol gotta love how Sabres PR is about 12 hours behind the rest of the world.  Either way it will be good for Nikita and Mikhael to go to Russia and kick some @ss later on in the Sweden.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:32 AM

View PostLGR4GM, on 05 December 2013 - 10:48 AM, said:

lol gotta love how Sabres PR is about 12 hours behind the rest of the world. Either way it will be good for Nikita and Mikhael to go to Russia and kick some @ss later on in the Sweden.

It wasn't official until the team announced it. Grigo's FaceBook page doesn't count. :lol:
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"I'm really excited" -Grigorenko on opportunity to play in world juniors. He looks forward to playing vs. high level of competition. #Sabres

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 05 December 2013 - 11:33 AM.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:07 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko speaks with the media following Thursday's morning skate at First Niagara Center: Mikhail Grigorenko Interview (12/5/13)

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:15 PM

Drouin's participation in the WJC could be in jeopardy after this hit.


Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 06 December 2013 - 09:15 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:19 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 06 December 2013 - 09:15 PM, said:

Drouin's participation in the WJC could be in jeopardy after this hit.


Tampa Bay's 2nd round pick from 2013 just ran Tampa Bay's 1st round pick from 2013 head first into the boards.  Terrific.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:28 PM

View PostRobviously, on 06 December 2013 - 09:19 PM, said:

Tampa Bay's 2nd round pick from 2013 just ran Tampa Bay's 1st round pick from 2013 head first into the boards.  Terrific.

USA runs Canada....Rempart runs Mooshead........ :blush:

A closer look

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 06 December 2013 - 10:18 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:28 PM

Risto's in for the Finns

Top NHL prospects dot Finland's WJC camp roster

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The Finnish National Junior Team on Monday announced the selection camp roster of players hoping to represent their country at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

Finland, which placed seventh at the 2013 WJC, is seeking its first medal since winning bronze in 2006. The camp features 27 players, including six who participated in last year's tournament -- goalie Janne Juvonen of Pelicans Lahti in Finland, defensemen Ville Pokka of Karpat Oulu (FIN), Rasmus Ristolainen of the Rochester Americans (AHL) and Juuso Vainio of HPK (FIN) and forwards Artturi Lehkonen of KalPa (FIN) and Teuvo Teravainen of Jokerit (FIN).

There also are 10 players on the roster drafted by NHL teams, including Ristolainen, taken by the Buffalo Sabres with the eighth pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, and Teravainen selected the by Chicago Blackhawks with the 18th pick of the 2012 draft.

Ristolainen had one goal in 19 games with the Sabres earlier this season, but Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan told reporters that Ristolainen would be available for Finland for the tournament. That's assuming the rookie defenseman is healthy -- he sustained an upper-body injury Nov. 29 while playing in the AHL. He has two goals and two assists in five AHL games.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 09 December 2013 - 03:40 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:51 PM

Wild Assigns Dumba To Canadian National Team

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It’s been a long two years for Matt Dumba.

For the rookie Wild defenseman, it’s been a tough go-round when the Canadian National Junior Team has chosen its team to participate in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. That’s because for the past two years, he’s been the final player cut when Team Canada has selected its final roster.

Draisaitl leads returning group to German WJC camp

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Center Leon Draisaitl, considered an A-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft, is one of four returning players invited to the German National Junior Team selection camp that will be evaluated for participation in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 01:07 PM

Prospector Files: World Junior players to watch

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Several top NHL Draft prospects have historically made their mark at the IIHF World Junior Championship each year and, in effect, boosted their draft stock.

"When a 17- or 18-year-old is able to play in the World Juniors, it is a considered a positive factor which does carry weight in the player's overall evaluation even if he doesn't get a lot of ice time," NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr told NHL.com. "If the player contributes while playing at this level, then it lends favorably toward his NHL projection. In the final rankings, it sometimes aids in determining the ranking order."

The 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden, will again give NHL scouts an opportunity to see the top draft-eligible players against their peers at the 11-day tournament.

Here are 11 prospects invited to selection camp sure to attract some attention and maybe even bolster their 2014 draft status. All players are A prospects on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list, with the exception of Swedish forward Anton Karlsson.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 13 December 2013 - 01:11 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:44 AM

USA's Eichel views World Juniors as latest challenge

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As an eighth grader, hockey prodigy Jack Eichel was playing for and against 20-year-olds in his debut with the Boston Junior Bruins of the Empire Junior Hockey League.

He served as captain of that team the following season, scoring 86 points in 36 games.

"Anytime you get to be around older guys, you get their habits and the way they go about their business," Eichel told NHL.com. "Being able to play against older guys makes you a better player. I think that if you're not challenging yourself you're not going to get better."

The challenges continued following his freshman year at Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts when the 16-year-old center joined the United States National Team Development Program's under-17 team in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"That was tough because I kind of consider myself a homebody; mom has done so much for me [in North Chelmsford]," Eichel said. "Moving out to Ann Arbor was difficult but it's always been a goal of mine to play for the NTDP. When I got the opportunity to play there I knew it was an opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn't pass it up.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 09:24 AM

JT Compher among the USA cuts that will not be going to Sweden to participate in the tournament. Compher is out due to a left foot injury.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 09:53 AM

View PostFoligno82, on 18 December 2013 - 09:24 AM, said:

JT Compher among the USA cuts that will not be going to Sweden to participate in the tournament. Compher is out due to a left foot injury.

2014 U.S. WJC Camp: USA vs. Minnesota State Recap

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- J.T. Compher did not play tonight and was walking around in a boot on his foot. He blocked a shot in practice Monday night during PK drills. Lucia said injury concerns may alter the decision process tomorrow and is likely talking about Compher. No one from USAH would confirm the severity of the injury, but a walking boot obviously isn’t a good sign. Compher looked to be in really good position to make the team, too.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 18 December 2013 - 10:49 AM.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:20 AM

View PostFoligno82, on 18 December 2013 - 09:24 AM, said:

JT Compher among the USA cuts that will not be going to Sweden to participate in the tournament. Compher is out due to a left foot injury.

Damn, I was really looking forward to seeing him in the tourney.....

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:19 PM

Possler's out with injury too:

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#Sabres list of WJC participants now down to a pair of Russians (Grigorenko and Zadorov) with Ristolainen a possible third.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:22 PM

Very disappointing on both counts.
But I will still be watching Ekblad and Reinhart very carefully
(If I can tear my eyes from McDavid.)

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:08 PM

######  that really sucks.

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