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World Junior Championships evaluation camp kicks off in Lake Placid

Aug 4, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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It’s a bit early to start getting excited about the 2013 World Junior Championships set to take place in Russia, but the time to evaluate the talent is now.

The WJC evaluation camp featuring Team USA, Sweden, and Finland kicked off their week of action in Lake Placid, NY today. During the week, the teams will practice and face off against each other in scrimmages and the amount of future NHL talent on display this year is hefty.

Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey previewed the camp extensively and highlighting the Americans group of talent are 2012 third overall pick Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal) and potential 2013 top pick defenseman Seth Jones (pictured).

I’ve written about Jones here after seeing him in last year’s camp as a 16 year-old. Seeing how the son of former NBA player “Popeye” Jones has improved in a year is virtually worth the price of gas to get there.

Joining Galchenyuk and Jones for the USA will be a handful of other 2012 first-round picks in Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg), Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis), Henrik Samuelsson (Phoenix), Brady Skjei (Rangers), and Stefan Matteau (New Jersey).

Sweden and Finland aren’t slacking off either as the Swedes will have 2012 draftees Filip Forsberg (Washington), Oscar Dansk (Columbus), Pontus Aberg (Nashville), and Hampus Lindholm (Anaheim).  They’ll also have some highly touted 2011 picks in Mika Zibanejad (Ottawa) and Oscar Klefbom (Edmonton) as well.

The Finns will counter with 2012 picks Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago) and Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh) and Sabres 2011 first-round pick Joel Armia who was impressive last year in WJC camp.

PHT will be in Lake Placid this week providing observations of Team USA’s games against both Sweden and Finland on August 8 and 9.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Galchenyuk, Trouba, Samuelsson, Skjei
    Team Euro…I mean USA

  2. kwall55 - Aug 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Ban this troll already. Killing threads before theyre even started.

    • scottybcboy - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      It is true though, with all the players from around the world coming to the US and having their families there, USA hockey should absolutely dominate over the coming years. Stastny, Parise, Galchenyuk, Samuelsson, and all that will follow.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      The hell you talking about whoever you are that rarely posts here
      If you posted here more often you would know that I’m not the silly lil boy yet that has yet to discover women

  3. 950003cups - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I still laugh every time I see “Matteau (New Jersey)” that’s like the Patriots drafting Eli Manning’s son. Lol

  4. flyersfan67 - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard, USA going to dominate for years. Maybe they should worry about finally qualifying for the medal round. Canada and Russia will always be the two hockey powers of the world juniors.

    • windmiller4 - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      I take it you have no idea about hockey, right?

  5. kwall55 - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Then that’s my bad, theres just so many of those guys on here it’s hard to keep track. Go USA.

  6. broadstbully33 - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    kwall he only showed up when minn became relevant after parise and suter

  7. youngs79 - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    broadstbully33 you haven’t been paying attention to the Wild. Forget about Parise and Suter, the Wild have 3 Goalies, in Backstrom, Harding, and Hackett (from Houston) that are as good or better than any three goalies on any team in the NHL. You name me three better. Chuck Fletcher has been quietly putting together a club that is going to be good for years. The Houston Aeroes, farm club of the Wild, has been one of the top teams in their league for the past two seasons. The competition to make this club this year is going to be fierce. They are as deep at forward as any team in the NHL. It will be a fun year to watch if the collective bargaining can get worked out.

    • windmiller4 - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      No argument about the wilds depth here, but as far as finding a better 3 goalies on a nhl team i can easily answer that. The Kings have Jonathan Quick, who needs no introduction, Jonathan Bernier, widely considered to be on of the top goaltending prospects in the league, Jeff Zatkoff, who had a 920 SP in 44 games, and just for kicks ill throw in Martin Jones, who had a 919 SP in 41 games. Seems like for now the kings goaltending depth is best in the league. Last year you could’ve also said Boston with Thomas, Rask, and Khodobin

  8. bruin63 - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    i disagree with boston last year, but you are right about the kings. i sense a trade between boston who has no goalies and la who lacks if anything a great shot blocker. maybe bernier for campbell, kelly, 2nd, and 4th. la would be beasts and tukka will have a safty net after a pulled groin and the end of the season. u are right about the kings though.

  9. tlndma - Aug 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    The Bruins are not looking for goaltending.

  10. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    No tukka rask is ready to be a very good goalie.

  11. hockeyfan1701 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    This would be a great thing for the NHL Network to show instead of the same 4 things all summer long.

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