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USA Hockey Juniors v Boston

Eichel headlines U.S. junior evaluation camp roster

Jack Eichel highlights Team USA’s national junior evaluation camp roster, which was unveiled on Thursday.

Eichel, who captained the 2015 U.S. world junior squad, is one of 11 players from this year’s tournament invited to the camp, which takes place Aug. 1-8, in Lake Placid, New York.

Rangers’ prospect Brandon Halverson returns in goal while Brandon Carlo, Ryan Collins, Noah Hanifin and Zach Werenski were all a part of the Americans’ blue line at the 2015 tournament.

Dylan Larkin, Auston Matthews, Sonny Milano, Nick Schmaltz and Alex Tuch along with Eichel were among the U.S. forward group at this year’s tournament.

Eichel is also one of 18 invited players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft next week in Florida.


Matthews, who will likely spend the 2015-16 season playing professionally in Europe, is the top rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft. Five players invited are eligible for next year’s draft.

The Americans have medaled in three of the past six world junior tournaments. The U.S. took home gold medals in 2013 and 2010, and bronze in 2011. Team USA finished fifth at the 2015 event.

The 2016 world junior championship takes place in Helsinki, Finland from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Related: Here’s the full 2015 NHL Entry Draft order

Report: Jackets’ Milano to join Springfield Falcons this week

Plymouth Whalers v Windsor Spitfires

Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano is expected join the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League this week now that his junior season has ended.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Milano could join the AHL club as early as Tuesday.

In his first season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, Milano had a team-leading 22 goals and 46 assists in 50 games. The 18-year-old also had two goals and four points in five games at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Here’s a look at some of Milano’s work from his rookie season in the OHL:

Columbus is also watching prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand closely.

The Dispatch reports that Bjorkstrand could join the Blue Jackets this season, if injuries persist.

Bjorkstrand’s Portland Winterhawks open the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs this weekend against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The 19-year-old had 63 goals and 118 points in 59 regular season games this season.

Columbus activates Milano from IR, gets McElhinney back

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ comeback win against the San Jose Sharks already heightened moods. Now it looks like the team is getting a little healthier, even if it’s not on the level to dramatically improve their outlook in the short-term.

For one thing, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that Curtis McElhinney joined his teammates on Friday after dealing with head and/or neck issues. Sergei Bobrovsky is still expected to start against the Anaheim Ducks tonight, though.

Secondly, the team announced that 2014 first-rounder Sonny Milano was activated off of non-roster IR and sent to the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. The 16th pick of this year’s draft suffered facial fractures back in September.

Again, this is good news for a prospect and a backup, so the Blue Jackets still have some ways to go before they’re at full strength. Even so, these are a couple of nice breaks for Columbus.

Blue Jackets’ Milano, Murray skate

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 27: Ryan Murray #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on February 27, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano and defenseman Ryan Murray each took a step in their respective recovery Sunday.

Milano, the Jackets first round pick (16th overall) from June, is recovering from facial fractures suffered during a rookie tournament earlier this month.

The 18-year-old, who will likely  join the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, will see doctors on Oct. 10 for another check up according to Columbus Dispatch reporter, Aaron Portzline.

Murray, who had his knee scoped in June, practiced with the second group in Columbus Sunday wearing a non-contact jersey and according to Blue Jackets website reporter, Rob Mixer, Murray is expected to be ready in time for Columbus’ season opener Oct. 9.

Meanwhile, Portzline reports Saturday’s signing of Jaden Schwartz by the St. Louis Blues will have no impact on negotiations between the Jackets and restricted free agent centre, Ryan Johansen.

According to Portzline, Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, has not used Schwartz as a comparable for Johansen during negotiations.

No contract talks between Milano and Blue Jackets

2014 NHL Draft - Round 1

Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Sonny Milano has been one of the most talked about prospects this summer as he weighed his options before choosing to join the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League over of honoring his commitment to Boston College.

There was some thought that Milano had singed or was close to signing an entry-level contract with Columbus, which made him decide to choose the Canadian Hockey League route.

However, speaking to MiHockeyNow, Milano said contract talks between the two sides haven’t even started.

“Maybe a strong start or a strong season will get me that contract, but there hasn’t been any talks yet,” Milano said. “When I was drafted, Columbus said they had no preference one way or the other, that both the OHL and Boston College were good routes. They basically left it up to us to decide as a family.”

Milano, the 16th overall selection by Columbus in June, had 14 goals and 39 points in 25 games during the 2013-14 while with the U.S. National Under-18 team.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound forward was originally a  fourth round pick of the Whalers (81st overall) during the 2012 OHL draft.

There will be a couple of familiar faces for Milano when he joins his OHL team.

Milano and Whalers’ goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic were apart of the American team which won gold at the World U-18 championship. He also played with Whalers’ defenseman Josh Wesley with the NTDP in 2012-13.

“We have a lot of returning players and just a couple new guys, so I’m hoping the chemistry is here from last season and I can be an impact player and find my role quickly,” Milano said. “I want to produce and I want to make an impact.

“I want to be a leader and whatever I do, it’s to put the team first.”

Related: Blue Jackets say they didn’t push Milano to choose OHL over Boston College