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Stone makes big impact at Hockey Canada camp

Senators prospect enjoys five-point night in final world junior intra-squad matchup

Monday, 08.8.2011 / 10:45 AM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
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Stone makes big impact at Hockey Canada camp
Senators forward prospect Mark Stone totalled eight points in two intra-squad games that wrapped up Hockey Canada's summer development camp held in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alta., in advance of the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship (Andy Devlin/Hockey Canada Images).
It's one of the great Canadian hockey debates.

And Mark Stone surely made a compelling argument for himself.

The Ottawa Senators prospect gave Hockey Canada plenty to think about with a standout performance during a pair of intra-squad games that closed out the national junior team's summer development camp in Alberta.

Sunday night in Fort McMurray, Alta., Stone collected a pair of goals and added three assists as Team Red rolled past Team White 8-2. He also accounted for half of Team Red's goals in a 5-4 setback at the hands of Team White in Edmonton on Saturday evening. In all, the Senators' sixth-round pick (178th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft totalled eight points in the two games.

"You want to come here and make an impression," Stone told The Canadian Press after Sunday's game in Fort McMurray, which wrapped up the six-day summer camp.

Stone quickly established chemistry on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Ryan Johansen of the Portland Winter Hawks. Both were high selections in the NHL draft: Huberdeau went third overall to the Florida Panthers this year, while Johansen was the No. 4 pick (by the Columbus Blue Jackets) in 2010.

"Those two guys are great players, top-five picks in the National Hockey League," said Stone. "I just had to come here, not change anything from what I did this season. Being paired with those two, it was great chemistry."

Count Team Canada head coach Don Hay among those highly impressed by the trio.

"They looked like a pretty good line," he told reporters after Sunday's game. "It’d be nice to get them all back at Christmas time. They’re big, they’re strong and they’re skilled. They give the other team a lot of problems when they have the puck in the offensive zone."

Hockey Canada invited 47 players to the summer camp, which is step one in building the team it will send to the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship, which opens Dec. 26 in Edmonton and Calgary. About 35 players are expected to be brought to Calgary in December for the final selection camp before the tournament.

"Those two guys are great players, top-five picks in the National Hockey League. I just had to come here, not change anything from what I did this season. Being paired with those two, it was great chemistry." - Mark Stone
Matt Puempel, a first-round pick (24th overall) by the Senators in the 2011 draft, also attended the summer camp and suited up for Team White.

"We feel we have a lot of players that are going to come back at Christmas time and give us the opportunity to be first, a competitive team, and give us a chance to win the gold medal," said Hay.

Canada has been the silver medalist at the last two world juniors, falling to the United States in 2010 and Russia a year ago in the championship game.

Meanwhile, Team USA's preparations for the 2012 event continue this week in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a mini-tournament against squads from Sweden and Finland. Among the American hopefuls are two Senators picks in the 2011 draft, Matt Noesen (first round, 21st overall) of the Plymouth Whalers and Shane Prince (second round, 61st overall) of the Ottawa 67's.

Sweden's team will include centre Mika Zibanejad, the Senators' top pick (sixth overall) in the 2011 draft, and defenceman Fredrik Claesson (fifth round, 126th overall).




1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02