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)
After dropping Game 1 of their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, the Washington Capitals are making a minor lineup change on Saturday for Game 2 of the series when Paul Carey replaces Brett Connolly on the team’s fourth line.
Carey, 28, appeared in only six games for the Capitals this season and did not record a point. He has one goal and one assist in 32 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Capitals, and appeared in three playoff games for the Avalanche back in 2014.
Given how Connolly’s ice time has been decreasing over the past few games this postseason it probably should not be too much of a surprise that he is now being removed from the lineup. After logging at least 10 minutes of ice time in each of the Capitals’ first three playoff games, he has not played more than 6:12 in each of the past four.
Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday that he likes Carey’s speed in the lineup against the faster Penguins.
Connolly scored 15 goals in 66 regular season games for the Capitals this season.
In other Capitals lineup news, there is no change in the status of defenseman Karl Alzner as he will remain out of the lineup. He has been sidelined since Game 3 of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury. Nate Schmidt will continue to take his place.
The Carolina Hurricanes made a somewhat surprising move on Friday night when they acquired goaltender Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2017.
On the surface it looks like a good move for both the team and the player. Goaltending has been a major thorn in the Hurricanes’ side for several years now, while Darling has probably earned the opportunity to be a No. 1 goalie in the NHL after performing extremely well as Corey Crawford‘s backup in Chicago.
The risk for the Hurricanes is that Darling will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and they will have to get him signed to a new contract before then to avoid potentially losing him (and the third-round pick they sent to Chicago) for nothing.
Shortly after the trade on Friday, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said all of that was worth the risk because the team has accumulated so many draft picks in this year’s class.
“This is a bit of a gamble but one we believed was worth taking,” Francis told Chip Alexander of the News & Observer. “This is why we accumulated these picks and we still have 10 left. It was worth the risk.”
He added that they would “like to get something done sooner rather than later.”
The duo of Cam Ward and Eddie Lack finished the 2016-17 season with a .901 save percentage, 26th in the NHL. The Hurricanes have finished higher than 25th just once in the past five years. The Hurricanes have solid young core of talent in place and a defense that allowed the fifth fewest shots on goal in the entire league this season. Solidifying the goaltending position would go a long way toward ending the team’s current eight year playoff drought.
The second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoff continues on Saturday with a pair of games on NBC.
All of the action starts at 3 p.m. ET when the New York Rangers try to even their series against the Ottawa Senators. Later, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to take a 2-0 series lead against the Washington Capitals at 8 p.m. ET.
Here is all of the information you need for today’s games.
New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Network: NBC (Stream Online Here)
Announcers: John Forslund, Brian Boucher
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Network: NBC (Stream Online Here)
Announcers: Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Those who vehemently argued for Cam Talbot being a Vezina finalist likely felt vindicated tonight (even if postseason results don’t factor into the voting).
In Game 1, Leon Draisaitl stole the show. Talbot was the standout of Game 2, snubbing a steady Ducks threat as Edmonton won 2-1 on Friday.
And, just like that, the Oilers are up 2-0 in their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks. Better yet for this young group: the venue shifts to what’s likely to be a rowdy scene in Edmonton for Games 3 and 4.
The tone was set when Andrej Sekera scored just 65 seconds into the contest. That said, the Oilers could have sulked when a would-be 2-0 goal was called off (and they had to kill a penalty). Instead, they just kept battling, even after Jakob Silfverberg ended Talbot’s shutout bit with a laser beam on the power play.
Speaking of the power play, the Oilers managed to match the Ducks (1-for-4 each on the PP), even as Talbot faced 12 shots on goal during Anaheim’s power-play opportunities.
Talbot ultimately made 39 of 40 stops, and while the Ducks kept Connor McDavid from scoring, number 97 sure looked speedy and dangerous at times in Game 2.
Anaheim came into the second round with home-ice advantage through the West side of the playoffs, seemingly enjoying a golden opportunity when other conference powers fell. Instead, it’s looking like the Oilers might just have a chance to prove that they’re big-time contenders, too.
Game 3 airs on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can watch online and via the NBC Sports App; click here for the livestream.