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Brian Dumoulin & Justin Faulk invited to the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team camp

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Player Spotlight: Brian Dumoulin


Defenseman Brian Dumoulin is currently in his sophomore year at Boston College. Last season, as a true freshman, the then-17-year-old Dumoulin led the nation in plus/minus (+40) and tallied 22 points (1 g, 21 a), as he played in all 42 games for the team.

He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and the NCAA All-Tournament Team at the Frozen Four last season in Detroit.

Dumoulin was drafted 51st overall (2nd round) by the Hurricanes in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. According to Karmanos, he is a player that the organization is very excited about.

“This is a guy we are keeping a very close eye on this year,” he said. “He accomplished a lot in just one year last year, and he should have another good year.”

As a 19-year-old sophomore, Dumoulin has two years of NCAA eligibility remaining. However, Karmanos said there is a chance he could join the team before his four years are complete.

“He is a very coachable, eager kid,” he said. “He’s a fast-developing prospect for us and a player we consider to be one of our top prospects.”

Player Spotlight – Justin Faulk


Defenseman Justin Faulk is currently starting as a true freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Through 10 games this season, the 18-year-old Faulk has 7 points (2g, 5a).

“Justin has a lot of offense to his game, and he’s off to a great start,” Karmanos said. “He’s playing a solid role for a top-end team in the NCAA, and we’re excited about where he is right now.”

An offensive-minded, U.S.-born defenseman, Faulk was drafted 37th overall (2nd round) by the Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“He is able to get back to the puck quickly with good skating, and he has the ability to move the puck hard and accurately to the right guy,” Karmanos said. “Those are the things he does well, and those are the keys to being a good puck-moving defenseman.”

Before committing to UMD, Faulk played for the U.S. National Development team. Karmanos has hopes that Faulk will make the 2011 U.S. Junior National team, based on the strong showing he had at the evaluation camp in August. Faulk was the top-scoring defenseman with 5 points (2g, 3a) in seven games, a distinction he also holds for Bulldogs so far this season.

“You want your top prospects to be impact guys,” Karmanos said. “Right now, as a true freshman, he’s doing that.”

U.S. Nat'l Jr Team head coach Keith Allain on XM Home Ice



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I seem to remember these two guys were prospects that JR really wanted. After reading the article, I can see why. Can't wait to see these two in Checker/Hurricane uniforms in a couple of years.

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