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Observations from World Junior evaluation camp

Aug 13, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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Team USA’s World Junior Championships evaluation camp in Lake Placid was yet another rousing success and getting a peek at many guys who will head to Russia for the WJC’s in December showed that there’s a lot of talent to be had.

Here are a few observations from the home of the “Miracle on Ice.”

– 2012 third overall pick Alex Galchenyuk could wind up being pretty special. While he wasn’t a big factor in Team USA’s win over Finland, the performance he had in the Americans’ 10-2 win over defending gold medalist Sweden was encouraging.

He skated like a confident player, played an intense game, and added a nifty goal that saw him skate through the Swedish defense before beating goalie Niklas Lundstrom five-hole. He didn’t play many games last season for Sarnia, so getting him real game action is a big help for both him and the Team USA staff. Canadiens fans have every reason to be excited about what he’ll bring.

– Philly’s third round pick, Union College defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, was a star of camp. He played a strong game against Finland and added two power play goals against Sweden. Like all the players there, he was excited to be in Lake Placid and get the chance to represent his country. He’s also pretty fired up being drafted by Philly saying, “They’re a great organization.”

source: Getty Images– Likely 2013 lottery pick Seth Jones is in his second WJC camp and at 17 years-old he gave a taste of why he’ll be on everyone’s wish list at next year’s draft. He’s big, he’s got a big shot, and he’s an intimidating presence on the ice. I’ll have more on him later today.

– Flames fans should rejoice knowing they’ve got Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau coming to Calgary someday. He scored goals against Finland and Sweden and Team USA coach Phil Housley loves his two-way play. Gaudreau says playing for Jerry York helps refine his defensive game. His offensive skills and size remind me more of former BC’ers Brian Gionta and Nathan Gerbe.

– Chicago 2012 first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen (inset) may not have scored against the U.S. but he showed the kind of skills that make people think of Patrick Kane when he plays. He’s a slick puckhandler, he’s a nifty passer, and he gets off a very quick shot. If not for Team USA goalie, and Ducks draft pick, John Gibson’s solid play he might’ve potted one or two.

  1. polegojim - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Some great prospects and cool to hear about.

    Nice process to have them start seeing each other very early in their careers.

    Joe – I thought TUSA actually lost to Finland?

    • Joe Yerdon - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      USA played two games against Finland. They lost to them on the final day of camp 3-2 in OT with many of the big name players sitting out. I was there on August 8 and 9.

      • polegojim - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        Ah, thanks Joe.

  2. hockeyfan1701 - Aug 13, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    This would have been great to see on the NHL network instead of NHL 36 on James Neel for 100th time……..

    • steeltownpride87 - Aug 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Its James Neal and im a Pens fan and im tired of seeing it .

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Took the words right out of my mouth my friend. That’s my biggest beef with the NHLN. They should be promoting the game of hockey. For those of us who pay for this premium subscription, we are signifying that we are fanatical about this game we play/officiate/watch. None of us will complain if the NHLN would show the WJ evals or the CAN-RUS Super series. Or Jr. A camps. Something that the average fan would miss out on if they didn’t have the NHLN. C’mon Gary. Make a move.

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