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FlightZone: That's a Wrap at USA Junior Camp

Time to wind, reel and print.

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That's all she wrote for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, and I'm happy to report that our prospects gave a good account of themselves:

And now the AIH News at Noon, desolate Sunday edition.

Central Division

Patrick Kane has hired an attorney, specifically the same one who represented him in 2009. (Syracuse.com)

Cheryl Bradley gives readers a trip down memory lane with her contribution to Puck Daddy's A to Z series. The fact that they were nearly called the Rocky Mountain "eXtreme" is one of my favourite Avs stories to tell. (Yahoo! Sports)

Despite missing the playoffs again last season, Dallas' offseason moves seem to have folks excited and it's translating into ticket sales. Those lucky fans might even be able to see average goaltending on occasion. (Dallas Morning News)

There's a flipside to the 'Matt Cullen going to Pittsburgh' story which hasn't gotten much attention, that being how Nashville is now down one Matt Cullen. A pretty good number of free agent forward options remain available, but Mike Hrankiwskyj would like to make more of a splash via trade. (Too Many Men On The Site)

Our St. Louis frenemies think that in the bloodsport known as the team's starting goalie competition, Jake Allen should come out on top of Brian Elliott. Jonathan Bernier might have looked better than either of them, but c'est la vie. (Bleedin' Blue)

The aforementioned 2015 National Junior Evaluation Camp concluded with a 6-1 U.S. victory over Finland. American forward and Boston Bruins prospect Anders Bjork only scored twice, thus denying me a "Bjork Bjork Bjork" headline. I shall never forgive him. (USA Hockey)

And All The Rest

Considering how the Commissioner, players, sponsors, advertisers, and hockey-related revenue all love outdoor games, I'd expect them to continue at a decent clip. (Sports Illustrated)

A quick summary of the Columbus Blue Jackets as fantasy options: Ryan Johansen good, Scott Hartnell and Brandon Dubinsky undervalued, and be wary of the one named Nick Foligno. (NHL.com)

For any Les Habitants sympathisers who may be reading this, here are five can't miss Montreal games in 2015-16. The season opener against Toronto makes the list, and calling it an "historic all-Canadien" game is hilariously brilliant. Poor Leafs. (Sportsnet)

Speaking of lists of five, here's a quintuplet of NHL coaches set for a trip behind the woodshed. Lindy Ruff being on this list is a testament to the fact that the greatest coach-killers are goaltenders. (Sportsnet)

My mental image of Ottawa's d-corps beyond Karlsson never seemed that cringe-worthy, but when it's laid out before you...oh boy. My curiosity centers around whether Chris Wideman will ever get a shot with the big club. (ProHockeyTalk)

Finally, the Under-23 Youngstars team is one of the most fascinating aspects of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and USA Hockey execs are excited about it. Will Connor McDavid miss the cut due to a disastrous 2015-16 season? Probably not. (NHL)


Thanks for reading! FlightZone will return to its regularly scheduled time tomorrow, and also look for the next installment in our Top 25 Under 25 series. Who do you think the devious minds at Arctic Ice Hockey have lined up next? Here's a hint: he's American.