2011 IIHF World U20 Championship - Day Four

USA Hockey and Hockey Canada announce Development Camp rosters

Yesterday, Hockey Canada officially announced the 46 prospects invited to their National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp. Traditionally, if a player wants to appear on the prestigious World Junior Championship team, this camp is the first step. Likewise, USA Hockey announced the roster for the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Just like the neighbors to the north, this camp is the first step for any prospects who hope to make the WJC team in Alberta in December.

With the season completed and the Stanley Cup awarded, many fans have already directed their attention to the future. Here are the American and Canadian rosters that were recently announced; both will be littered with current NHL prospects as well as kids who will have their names called at the Draft next weekend.

Team Canada Development Camp Roster


Tyler Bunz – Medicine Hat (WHL)
Louis Domingue – Quebec (QMJHL)
Mark Visentin – Niagara (OHL)
Scott Wedgewood – Plymouth (OHL)


Nathan Beaulieu – Saint John (QMJHL)
Cody Ceci – Ottawa (OHL)
Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc – Rimouski (QMJHL)
Brandon Gormley – Moncton (QMJHL)
Erik Gudbranson – Kingston (OHL)
Dougie Hamilton – Niagara (OHL)
Scott Harrington – London (OHL)
Martin Lefebvre – Quebec (QMJHL)
Joe Morrow – Portland (WHL)
Ryan Murphy – Kitchener (OHL)
Ryan Murray – Everett (WHL)
Stuart Percy – Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Matthew Petgrave – Owen Sound (OHL)
Mark Pysyk – Edmonton (WHL)
Duncan Siemens – Saskatoon (WHL)
Dillon Simpson – North Dakota (WCHA)


Michaël Bournival – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Brett Connolly – Prince George (WHL)
Sean Couturier – Drummondville (QMJHL)
Phillip Danault – Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Brendan Gallagher – Vancouver (WHL)
Freddie Hamilton – Niagara (OHL)
Patrick Holland – Tri-City (WHL)
Quinton Howden – Moose Jaw (WHL)
Jonathan Huberdeau – Saint John (QMJHL)
Boone Jenner – Oshawa (OHL)
Ryan Johansen – Portland (WHL)
Lucas Lessio – Oshawa (OHL)
Greg McKegg – Erie (OHL)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Red Deer (WHL)
Matthew Puempel – Peterborough (OHL)
Ty Rattie – Portland (WHL)
Brett Ritchie – Sarnia (OHL)
Mark Scheifele – Barrie (OHL)
Jaden Schwartz – Colorado College (WCHA)
Michael Sgarbossa – Sudbury (OHL)
Devante Smith-Pelly – Misssissauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Ryan Spooner – Kingston (OHL)
Mark Stone – Brandon (WHL)
Ryan Strome – Niagara (OHL)
Christian Thomas – Oshawa (OHL)
Tyler Toffoli – Ottawa (OHL)

Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp Roster



Jack Campbell – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Mac Carruth – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
John Gibson – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Andy Iles – Cornell Univ. (ECACH)


Adam Clendening – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Brian Cooper – Fargo Force (USHL)
Justin Faulk – Univ. of Minn. Duluth (WCHA)
Derek Forbort – Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
Kevin Gravel – St. Cloud State Univ. (WCHA)
Justin Holl – Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Stephen Johns – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Seth Jones – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Austin Levi – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Jon Merrill – Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
Connor Murphy – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Jamie Oleksiak – Northeastern Univ. (HEA)
Robbie Russo – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Jarred Tinordi – London Knights (OHL)


Kenny Agostino – Yale Univ. (ECACH)
Bill Arnold – Boston College (HEA)
Chase Balisy – Western Michigan Univ. (CCHA)
Tyler Biggs – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Nick Bjugstad – Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Reid Boucher – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Connor Brickley – Univ. of Vermont (HEA)
Charlie Coyle – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Emerson Etem – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Rocco Grimaldi – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Kevin Hayes – Boston College (HEA)
Jared Knight – London Knights (OHL)
Phil Lane – Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Shane McColgan – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Mike Mersch – Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
J.T. Miller – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Matt Nieto – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Stefan Noesen – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Shane Prince – Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Bryan Rust – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Brandon Saad – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Nick Shore – Univ. of Denver
Vince Trochek – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
T.J. Tynan – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Austin Watson – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Jason Zucker – Univ. of Denver (WCHA)

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

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Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told NJ.com. “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.

Raffl coverts PTO into one-year, $575K deal with Jets

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There’s another Raffl in the NHL.

On Tuesday, the Jets announced that Thomas Raffl — the older brother of Flyers forward Michael Raffl — has signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $575,000.

Raffl, 29, was in Winnipeg’s camp on a PTO after a lengthy career in Europe. He spent time playing in Sweden and his native Austria, most recently with powerhouse EC Red Bull Salzburg — last year, Raffl scored 53 points in 52 games for Salzburg and three in seven games for Austria while serving as team captain at the World Hockey Championships.

“We would like to recognize and express our appreciation to the EC Red Bull Salzburg organization for allowing Thomas and the Winnipeg Jets this opportunity,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a statement.

With the Jets, Raffl projects to play in the bottom-six forward group, where he can utilize his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame in a checking-slash-energy role.

For now, though, he’ll start out with the club’s AHL affiliate in Manitoba.