USA Hockey has introduced the 25 gamers who’ll go well with up for the People on the world junior hockey championship in Edmonton.
The roster consists of 13 forwards, 9 defencemen and three goalies, however one identify absent from the record is Leafs prospect Nick Robertson.
The 19-year-old left-winger was a part of the U.S. squad that completed sixth on the 2020 match within the Czech Republic.
Included on this yr’s lineup is Montreal Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield, considered one of eight gamers to make the U.S. staff two years in a row.
Goalie Spencer Knight, drafted by Florida in 2019, is making ready to make his third world junior look after taking dwelling silver with the People on the 2019 match in Vancouver.
Ideally, TOR wish to have Robertson within the WJC however the prime precedence for the staff, and presumably the participant himself, is to attempt to make Leafs 2021 roster. If the projected NHL RTP date of Jan. 13 is actuality, camps would open late Dec/early Jan. WJC gold medal recreation is Jan. 5.
This yr’s staff additionally consists of defencemen Jake Sanderson, picked fifth general by Ottawa within the 2020 NHL draft, and Tyler Kleven, who the Senators chosen within the second spherical this yr.
The U.S. will play its first recreation of the match towards Russia on Dec. 25. The staff may even face Austria, the Czech Republic and Sweden in group motion.
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All 10 groups are scheduled to reach within the Edmonton “bubble” on Sunday. They may endure 5 days of quarantine and each day exams earlier than being allowed to hit the ice.
The U.S. staff’s gamers and employees have been cautious to observe security protocols and concerns so as to concentrate on hockey at coaching camp, mentioned U.S. common supervisor John Vanbiesbrouck.
“We had a great week of camp and we have certainly faced adversity, but we believe in these 25 players and we all have the same goal,” he mentioned in a press release.