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POSS-ITIVE IMPRESSION

Sweden loses 3-2 to Finland; Compher sits out USA win over Canada

Sunday, 08.11.2013 / 2:37 PM / News
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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POSS-ITIVE IMPRESSION
Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) concluded an impressive week of performances Saturday as Sweden dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Finland in the final game of the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY. The young Swedish club, which featured 10 prospects yet to be drafted into the NHL, heads home with a 3-2 record in the preparatory tune-up for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship later this winter.

Gustav Possler (2013, fifth round) concluded an impressive week of performances Saturday as Sweden dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Finland in the final game of the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY. The young Swedish club, which featured 10 prospects yet to be drafted into the NHL, heads home with a 3-2 record in the preparatory tune-up for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship later this winter.

SWEDEN/FINLAND GAME SUMMARY

Possler was unable to get on the scoreboard in the loss, but the skilled winger held up his end of the bargain as an all-situations fixture on Sweden’s top offensive unit. His chemistry with Alexander Wennberg (CBJ) was rather noticeable Saturday, with the duo creating quality scoring chances thanks in part to Possler’s instincts and willingness to engage in one-on-one battles in front of the Finnish net. One of Possler’s better shifts came in the four-on-four overtime when he recorded three shots on goal, including an open chance at the doorstep that was kicked away by Finnish backstop Juuse Saros (NSH). His shootout attempt was also stopped.

Possler, who will play for MODO of the Swedish Hockey League this fall, rounded out his two-way value with an active defensive stick and ability to block shots on the penalty kill. With four points (2+2) in five games and an honest effort away from the puck, many watchers could be wondering how the talented forward lasted all the way to the 130th overall selection at the 2013 Draft.

In the day’s early game, J.T. Compher (2013, second round) sat out as Team USA rode three power play tallies and a short-handed marker to a dominating 5-1 victory over rival Canada. Compher’s absence followed four consistent efforts in front of the USA brass, giving the decision makers a clear read on his ability while offering more time to evaluate his peers. The University of Michigan commit made his presence felt throughout camp with his combination of will and skill, and is expected to be in the thick of things when Team USA reconvenes to form their World Junior roster come December.

USA/CANADA GAME SUMMARY

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82