Canada held the second scrimmage of the U20 Summer Camp [recap & summary] and one of the stars of game #1 was even better in game #2... Mark Stone had 2+3=5 last night and finished the two game series with 4+4=8, not a bad first impression on the coaching staff. Stone formed a triple towers line with Ryan Johansen & Jonathan Huberdeau and those three accounted for five goals in last night's scrimmage. As we mentioned yesterday, even after a 106 point season in the WHL this year, Stone is still an unknown to a lot of people, mostly due to being just a 6th round pick of the Sens in 2010 but he was injured for much of his draft year and only played in 39 games. What's really holding him back is that he's "a below average skater" (according to the Sens) but plenty of guys have been able to overcome that so definitely don't write him off.
Related... How many games in a CBJs uni for Ryan Johansen this year?... please rock the vote we're looking for a consensus opinion here.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (U18) begins today... Canada v Sweden at 9:30 EST... I'll throw up a link to a live stream if I can find one (looking unlikely). Red Deer's Matt Dumba was named the captain for Team Canada.
Speaking of Dumba, not sure where he was on Derek Zona's early consolidated 2012 NHL Draft Rankings. It's a nice list though, with lots of dmen (six of the top 10) and a very eclectic group with Canada, US, Russia, Sweden, Finland and Russia/US all represented in the top 10. Derek mentions that Martin Frk is just outside the top 10 and he's one to keep an eye on... along with Dumba, of course. From a pure fantasy standpoint, get ready to hear a lot about Nail Yakupov this year as for a 17-year-old Russian in his first year in North American to put up 49+52=101 in the OHL was pretty incredible... can't wait to see what he does for an encore. Dman Nick Ebert is the other one on that list that I'm really intrigued by as he was very solid in his OHL rookie season with 11+30=41 in 64 games for Windsor.