USA Hockey : World Jr Camp Roster Selections Announced

This is one of my favorite things to do every off-season : look at the USA Hockey World Jr. Invite Camp Roster. 

Essentially, there are 2 teams here, and they will be chiseled into one. Every player invited is an NHL prospect, these players have shown that they are the best in their age group. Taking 2 teams of the best Americans and cutting them down until there are just 22 remaining is fun from a recruiting / scouting perspective. Here’s a list of the players invited to this year’s try-out camp. I am listing the players in alphabetical order. 4 G’s – 14 D – 24 F’s. ** indicates returnee from 2013 team. (5th place).

G – Thatcher Demko – Boston College – CA – (2014) **
G – Alex Nedeljkovic – Plymouth (OHL) – MI – (2014)
G – Brendan Burke – Portland (WHL) – AZ – PHX (round 6)
G – Brandon Halverson – Soo (OHL) – MI – (2014)

D – Mike Brodzinski – Minnesota – MN – SJS (round 5)
D – Will Butcher – Denver – WI – COL (round 5)
D – Brandon Carlo – Tri-City (WHL) – (2015)
D – Connor Clifton – Quinnipiac – NJ – PHX (round 5)
D – Ryan Collins – USNTDP – MN – (2014)
D – Jack Dougherty – USNTDP – MN – (2014)
D – Anthony Florentino – Providence – BUF (round 5)
D – Clint Lewis – Cornell – MN – (2014)
D – Ian McCoshen – Boston College – WI – FLA (round 2) **
D – Steven Santini – Boston College – NY – NJD (round 2) **
D – Scott Savage – Boston College – CA – (2014)
D – Louie Belpedio – USNTDP – IL – (2014)
D – Tommy Vannelli – Medicine Hate (WHL) – MN – STL (round 2)
D – Michael Downing – Michigan – MI – FLA (round 4)

F – Anders Bjork – USNTDP – WI – (2014)
F – Taylor Cammarata – Minnesota – MN – NYI – (round 3)
F – Cole Cassels – Oshawa (OHL) – OH – VAN (round 3)
F – Jay Compher – Michigan – IL – BUF (round 2)
F – Jack Eichel – USNTDP – MA – (2015) **
F – Adam Erne – Quebec (QMJHL) – CT – TBL (round 2) **
F – Hudson Fasching – Minnesota – MN – LAK (round 4) **
F – John Hayden – Yale – CT – CHI (round 3)
F – Connor Hurley – Green Bay (USHL) – BUF (round 2)
F – Vinnie Lettieri – Minnesota – MN -(2014)
F – Anthony Louis – Miami (OH) – IL – CHI (round 6)
F – Ryan MacInnis – Kitchener (OHL) – MO – (2014)
F – Sean Malone – Harvard – NY – BUF (round 6)
F – Michael McCarron – London (OHL) – MI – MTL (round 1)
F – Auston Matthews – USNTDP – AZ – (2016)
F – Nick Schmaltz – Green Bay (USHL) – WI – (2014)
F – Alex Tuch – USNTDP – NY – (2014)
F – Dominic Turgeon – Portland (WHL) – CO – (2014)
F – Kyle Connor – Youngstown (USHL) – MI – (2015)
F – Keegan Iverson – Portland (WHL) – MN – (2014)
F – Chase De Leo – Portland (WHL) – CA – (2014)
F – Dylan Larkin – USNTDP – MI – (2014)
F – Sonny Milano – USNTDP – NY – (2014)
F – Tyler Motte – Michigan – MI – CHI (round 4)

 

2014 NHL Draft results are in and here are the players from this camp that were selected.

(G) Thatcher Demko – Round 2 –
(G) Alex Nedeljkovic – Round 2 –
(G) Brandon Halverson – Round 2 –
(D) Ryan Collins – Round 2 –
(D) Jack Dougherty – Round 2 –
(D) Louie Belpedio – Round 3 –
(D) Clint Lewis –
(D) Scott Savage –
(F) Anders Bjork – Round 5 –
(F) Vinnie Lettieri –
(F) Ryan MacInnis – Round 2 –
(F) Nick Schmaltz – Round 1 –
(F) Alex Tuch – Round 1 –
(F) Dominic Turgeron – Round 3
(F) Chase De Leo – Round 4 –
(F) Keegan Iverson – Round 3
(F) Dylan Larkin – Round 1 –
(F) Sonny Milano – Round 1 –
Some interesting points ;/ my observations about these selections.

A) There is only one NHL 1st round selection – Michael McCarron (London). That’s highly unusual for a Team USA WJC Camp. However, several of these players will likely be taken in the 1st round of the 2014 NHL Draft and they are :
(Thatcher Demko (G) – Alex Tuch (F) – Sonny Milano (F) – Dylan Larkin (F) ) Also : Jack Eichel is basically a lock to go in the top 5 of the 2015 NHL Draft. Kyle Connor is a pretty good bet to go really high in the 2015 NHL Draft.

B) A few younger invites not named Jack Eichel. Being a younger player and invited to this try-out means that USA Hockey thinks very highly of you as a hockey player. The ‘special’ players this year are : Brandon Carlo (D) (Tri-City-WHL) – Jack Eichel (F) (USNTDP) who will play for Boston University this year and is being talked about as a potential #1 overall draft choice in 2015 (along with Connor McDavid) and then there’s Kyle Connor (2015) the Michigan recruit. However, there is a player younger than any of them, 97′ Auston Matthews an AZ native from the USNTDP U-17 roster.

C) The goaltenders are good, as usual. It’s pretty safe to say that Demko will be on the roster. Will he start ? That’s certainly up for debate. If anybody starts in front of him it will probably be Alex Nedeljkovic. Brendan Burke is a great prospect – he has NHL bloodlines, great size and plays for a powerhouse WHL program in Portland. Speaking of Portland…

D) The Portland Kids – (G) Brendan Burke is going to be contending for a spot in net, but look at those forwards – Dominic Turgeon, Chase De Leo and Keegan Iverson, each of whom will probably be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. The bet of those 3 I would say at this moment it’s De Leo, he doesn’t have size, but he’s highly skilled. If he were to play in the NCAA, he would be a Nathan Gerbe type of player.

What are your thoughts on the roster announcement ? Who do you think they’ll take for the final roster ?

If I were picking the roster today, here’s what it would look like :

G – Thatcher Demko – Boston College
G – Alex Nedeljkovic – Plymouth (OHL)
G – Brendan Burke – Portland (WHL) (backup role)

D – Steven Santini – Boston College
D – Ian McCoshen – Boston College
D – Will Butcher – Denver
D – Jack Dougherty – Wisconsin
D – Ryan Collins – Minnesota
D – Mike Brodzinski – Minnesota
D – Scott Savage – Boston College
D – Michael Downing – Michigan

F –  Hudson Fasching – Minnesota
F –  Jay Compher – Michigan
F – Jack Eichel – Boston University
F – Adam Erne – Quebec (QMJHL)
F – Connor Hurley – Notre Dame
F –  Alex Tuch – Boston College
F – Kyle Connor – Youngstown (USHL) – Michigan commit.
F – Sonny Milano – Boston College
F – Ryan MacInnis – Kitchener (OHL)
F – Dylan Larkin – Michigan
F – Michael McCarron – London (OHL)
F – Chase De Leo – Portland (WHL)
F – John Hayden – Yale

Yes, I have selected 6 BC players for this roster. Which do you think doesn’t belong ? Really hard to argue against it.

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