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Gaudreau, Sieloff, Gillies named to USA Hockey's preliminary World Junior Championship roster

Tuesday, 12.4.2012 / 6:29 AM MT / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Gaudreau, Sieloff, Gillies named to USA Hockey\'s preliminary World Junior Championship roster

CALGARY, AB -- On Tuesday morning, USA Hockey named Calgary Flames prospects Johnny Gaudreau, Patrick Sieloff and Jon Gillies to their preliminary IIHF 2013 World Junior Championship roster. The trio will join 24 other players at training camp, running Dec. 16-18, at the New York Rangers' Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, NY.

The camp will move to Helsinki, Finland from Dec. 19-23. The final 23-man roster will be announced on Dec. 23.

All three players attended USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY. Gaudreau, who was a late cut from USA Hockey's 2012 roster, posted three points (two goals, one assist) in two games at the summer evaluation camp. Gillies had stints in three games, playing one complete game and posting a 1-0-0 record.

Gaudreau currently leads Boston College in scoring with 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 13 games. The sophomore has recorded points in 12 outings this year and has six multi-point games to his name. He tied for fourth in the national scoring race, just four points behind St. Lawrence senior Kyle Flanagan, who leads the NCAA with nine goals and 25 points in 14 games.

The Carneys Point, NJ native recorded a career-high five points against Dartmouth on Nov. 24.

The Flames drafted Gaudreau in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Sieloff is in the midst of his first season with Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. He has suited up for 29 games with the Spits, scoring three goals and nine points.

Sieloff played for the U.S. National Team Development Program in the 2011-12 season and helped the Americans capture gold at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Junior Championships.

"I really like the edge to his game," U.S. head coach Phil Housley said in a conference call with the media on Tuesday. "He's a very physical player and he has to play that way to be effective. It's always good to see that guys are willing to provide physicality in a role that they can succeed in. Having him at Lake Placid, I really liked the grit that he showed; (he's) very, very good defensively. His role would be a defensive, hard-to-play-against player. I think he can provide that."

Calgary drafted the hard-hitting blueliner in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Despite being a freshman, Gillies has solidified himself as the starting netminder at Providence College. In 14 games this year, the 18 year-old has gone 7-6-1 with a 1.88 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He's stopped 347 of the 373 shots he has faced and has posted two shutouts.

Gillies stopped a season-high 35 shots on Nov. 24 in a decisive 7-0 win over Brown.

The netminder has been honoured by Hockey East multiple times this season, being named Rookie of the Week on two occasions and Defensive Player of the Week twice this year. He was also named Hockey East's Rookie of the Month in October.

When asked about Gillies' success, Providence head coach Nate Leaman pointed towards the goaltender's unwavering work ethic.

"His battle level in practice, his compete level in practice and his work habits in practice have been really good," he told CalgaryFlames.com in November. "Because he's worked so hard, he's worked through the transition ... he's doing an excellent job (in games.)"

The South Portland, ME product was selected in the third round (75th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.