The Team USA Junior Development Camp is underway this week in Lake Placid, New York. The US squad defeated the Junior Team from Sweden 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon. The US team returns to action this afternoon against Finland.
Anchoring the US Junior Team in goal is Jack Campbell, who was the first American taken at the 2010 Entry Draft in Los Angeles. Dallas made Campbell the eleventh overall pick. Campbell is slated to join the defending Memorial Cup winners, the Windsor Spitfires for the coming season.
We caught up with a very excited Jack Campbell when he first met the media in Los Angeles. There's discussion about his idol, Marty Turco, his friend, Cam Fowler, and his future in Dallas.
In Pred Nation...
At Tuesday's junior game in Lake Placid, Preds prospect Austin Watson was held off the scorecard for Team USA. Patric Cehlin scored a goal and added an assist for Sweden. Zach Budish was a healthy scratch. Watson played on a line with Emerson Etem and Jerry D'Amigo.
Jim Diamond spoke with David Poile last night about the Pred's goalie situation. Poile is playing his cards close to the vest as usual.
Shea Weber will be honored on August 9th at the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre where he will greet hometown fans and show off his gold medal.
The Vernon Morning Star indicates that Jerred Smithson is ready for a good season in his contract year. Another story has Smithson and Cody Franson playing a little charity golf next week.
Is Pekka Rinne the best goalie in the Central Division? You can vote here.
At Predlines, Amanda takes a run around the Central Division in a new weekly feature. Nathan Harper discusses the Pred's goalie situation and brings Kevin Weekes into the discussion which makes us feel better.
PredsBlog has Patric Hornqvist's sixth goal in their series.
The Admirals pointed to a really interesting article about the process of how the AHL schedule is made each year.
Paul McCann asks, just what the hell happened with Niemi?
Scotty Wazz looks at teams that have never retired jerseys, including the Predators. I disagree with his suggestions of Leggy and a few others. I don't think anyone is ready for the rafters at the Bridgestone. Will Shea Weber be the first?
After several confusing reports on when the arbitration hearing will be held, here is the official word from NHL.com. It will begin today in Boston. It's really too bad that it isn't carried live on the NHL Network.
Ilya Kovalchuck will attend the hearing and may be asked to speak along with his agent, Jay Grossman.
Michelle Kenneth does "what ifs" on the Kovalchuk situation. Would it really be the end of the world if he went to the KHL?
Joe Fortunato takes a look at the nightmare potential for the NHL if the Kovulchuk contract is allowed to stand.
From @TGfireandice: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman won't be at Kovalchuk hearing in Boston Wed. He'll be in Calgary for news conference for Heritage Classic.
Around the NHL...
From @Sean_Leahy: NHL Network will broadcast Heritage Classic press conference from Calgary at 5pm ET - It looks like Kevin Weekes will MC the media event @KevinWeekes: I'm excited to MC NHL media launch for Heritage Classic with Habs/Flames @Mc Mahon Stadium in February, that game will be awesome !
Here's a list of Heritage Classic presser attendees from AZ Vibe.
Rebekah Sanders has a comprehensive story on the Phoenix Coyote situation after an interview with team COO Mark Neely. I didn't realize that they had a COO. I thought it was Bill Daly.
James Murphy reported that the Boston Bruins have signed Tyler Seguin to an entry level deal on Tuesday. Seguin was taken second overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles.
From @Aportzline: Dispatch: #CBJ LW Nikita Filatov has told the club he will arrive in Columbus on Wednesday, roughly six weeks ahead of training camp. A Russian player returns to the NHL. That is rare.
Brian Metzer has the story of the Consol Energy Center coming alive with the ticket office and store now open for business.
Julie Robenhymer has an update from the Team USA Junior Evaluation Camp.
Ryan at the RLD is not content to look at the upcoming season. He has his projections for the cup in 2013.
Matt Reitz has updated odds on the Stanley Cup. I got the Predators at 40-1 at the Awards Show so they have moved up a little since then.
Mike Chen tries to project the worth of Antti Niemi as a free agent. i would say whatever it is in the NHL, it is much more in the KHL.
Even though it's not "official" Dan Rosen has Mike Babcock's thoughts on new Wing Mike Modano.
Tapeleg tells the story of a unique looking jersey from a non-traditional hockey market.
Dennis Kane blames the Beatles for the current attire in hockey arenas. Hockey 54 has the story.
Chris Botta is featured on Puck Daddy in the "Why folks like hockey series."
It's about five weeks until the Traverse City Tournament and Carolina has released its roster of players.
Intent to Blow recaps six through ten of the top ten of their first six months. I remember way back in the beginning when they were on POTG Radio.
Down Goes Brown has an athlete's guide to Twitter.
Odds and Ends...
It's Shark Week and to get the ball rolling a 400 pound Great White Shark was caught off the coast of St Augustine, Florida. That is very unusual for that area.
Dearly Beloved's Rob Higgins pointed us to this review of the Dearly Beloved/Juliette Lewis show in Calagry. We're lobbying for a Nashville stop at the end of the tour.
One of our favorite sites is People of Walmart. Their attempt at an iPhone application is a comedy of errors as told in this story.
Buddy Oakes from PredsOnTheGlass