December 31, 2012
4:30 AM Eastern
Ufa Arena, Ufa, Russia
Absent a formal gave preview, I’m including with the team rosters the NHL.com preview written for each team.
Coach: Phil Housley
|#||Player Name||Pos.||NHL Rights|
|16||Riley Barber||Forward||Washington Capitals|
|18||Cole Bardreau||Forward||Free Agent|
|22||Tyler Biggs||Forward||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|15||Alex Galchenyuk||Forward||Montreal Canadiens|
|13||John Gaudreau||Forward||Calgary Flames|
|35||John Gibson||Goalie||Anaheim Ducks|
|30||Jon Gillies||Goalie||Calgary Flames|
|14||Shayne Gostisbehere||Defense||Philadelphia Flyers|
|23||Rocco Grimaldi||Forward||Florida Panthers|
|21||Ryan Hartman||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|3||Seth Jones||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|7||Sean Kuraly||Forward||San Jose Sharks|
|12||Mario Lucia||Forward||Minnesota Wild|
|19||Jake McCabe||Defense||Buffalo Sabres|
|10||J.T. Miller||Forward||New York Rangers|
|5||Connor Murphy||Defense||Phoenix Coyotes|
|20||Blake Pietila||Forward||New Jersey Devils|
|6||Mike Reilly||Defense||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|29||Garrett Sparks||Goalie||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|25||Vince Trocheck||Forward||Florida Panthers|
|8||Jacob Trouba||Defense||Winnipeg Jets|
|26||Jim Vesey||Forward||Nashville Predators|
Last year: The U.S. team is coming off a seventh-place finish, its worst showing since finishing eighth in 1999. An 11-3 victory over Denmark in its opening game was followed by losses to Finland (4-1), Czech Republic (5-2) and Canada (3-2). The Americans needed a 12-2 victory over Latvia in their opener of the relegation round in order to secure a position in the top division of this year's tournament.
2013 NHL Draft watch: There are two promising 2013 draft prospects on the roster: defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL and forward Ryan Hartman of the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL. Jones likely would have been a member of last year's team if not for a shoulder injury he sustained in the last exhibition game. The son of former NBA player Popeye Jones is rated No. 1 among WHL skaters in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary league rankings. Over the summer, Jones (6-foot-3.5, 208 pounds) served as captain for the U.S. team at the World Under-18 Championship, totaling eight points in six games as the United States won the gold medal. Hartman is No. 11 among skaters in the OHL. The versatile 5-11, 187-pound forward made a big impression on the U.S. managerial team at training camp.
Schedule: Dec. 27, Germany, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 28, Russia, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 30, Canada, 4:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 31, Slovakia, 5 a.m. ET (NHLN-US).
Outlook: The only time last year's finish was even discussed during training camp was when the media inquired about it. The biggest difference in this year's group is the enthusiasm and energy each player is willing to exert every practice and each shift. The three returnees -- defenseman Jacob Trouba, forward J.T. Miller and goaltender John Gibson -- are ready to lead by example. Expect the Americans to rebound in a big way and earn a second-place finish in Group B.
Coach: Ernest Bokros
|#||Player Name||Pos.||NHL Rights|
|12||Emil Bagin||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|5||David Bajanik||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|18||Andrej Bires||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|24||Richard Buri||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|11||Peter Ceresnak||Defense||New York Rangers|
|19||Marko Dano||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|27||Dominik Fujerik||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|10||Denis Hudec||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|9||Milan Kolena||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|28||Karol Korim||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|16||Patrik Luza||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|29||Matus Matis||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|13||Tomas Mikus||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|25||Bruno Mraz||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|14||Richard Mraz||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|2||Adam Nagy||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|21||Tomas Nechala||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|26||Branislav Rapac||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|20||Martin Reway||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
|30||Patrik Romancik||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|6||Tomas Rusina||Defense||2013 Draft Eligible|
|1||Richard Sabol||Goalie||2013 Draft Eligible|
|17||Michael Uhrik||Forward||2013 Draft Eligible|
Last year: The Slovaks finished sixth after placing third in Group A behind Sweden and Russia. The country dropped an 8-5 decision to Finland in the quarterfinals.
2013 NHL Draft watch: The top draft-eligible skater, according to Central Scouting's preliminary league rankings, is forward Marko Dano, who plays in the KHL for Slovan Bratislava and is rated seventh among skaters playing in Russia. According to Stubb, Dano is tops among the Slovaks and is a player who will surprise at this tournament.
"He has a good combination of speed, stick work and smarts," Stubb said. "He plays a steady, two-way game and gives a consistent effort on every shift."
Schedule: Dec. 26, Russia, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 28, Canada, 4:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 30, Germany, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 31, United States, 5 a.m. ET (NHLN-US).
Outlook: The Slovaks offer a roster dominated by players from the Bratislava club team that plays several games in the elite league. The exception is defenseman Peter Ceresnák of the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes. He is the only player on the roster to be drafted by an NHL team. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound blueliner was selected by the New York Rangers in the sixth round (No. 172) in 2011. Look for Slovakia to finish fourth in Group B.