Halverson, Buchnevich and Duclair All Strong at Camps
By Matt Calamia
it was a trifecta for the Rangers and their three prospects in action Thursday during the 2015 World Junior Championship evaluation camps, as 2014 draft pick Brandon Halverson picked up a win over Finland, while both 2013 third-rounders Pavel Buchnevich and Anthony Duclair picked up assists for Russia and Canada, respectively, in Canada's 6-3 win over Russia.
In the states, Halverson, 18, stopped 16 of 17 shots across all 60 minutes and picked up an assist in Team USA's 9-1 victory over Finland. Through four games in the camp — though yesterday was his first start for a non-split squad — the Traverse City, Mich.-native has a 2.11 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
"That's how he's played all week," United States coach Mark Osiecki told NHL.com. "He's played very well. He also showed his handling of the puck is outstanding. There were a couple goalie breakouts that we've been working on and he handled those flawlessly."
Team USA finishes its camp schedule Saturday against the Czech Republic, though it is unknown if Halverson will see any action.
North of the boarder, Buchnevich and Duclair squared off for the first time this camp, as Duclair did not play in the game between these two teams earlier in the week.
Buchnevich picked up an assist on Russia's first goal on the power play early in the second period. Not to be outdone, Duclair picked up an assist of his own when he hit Sam Reinhart with a pretty pass on a 2-on-1 to put Canada up 3-1 in the second period.
Through two games, Duclair has a goal and two assists while Buchnevich has two assists through three games.
Canada is undefeated through three games, and will finish their camp schedule later today against the Czech Republic. Russia, meanwhile, is 1-2 with both losses coming against Canada. They finish their camp Saturday against Sweden.