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First-round picks dot U.S. selection camp roster

Tuesday, 04.12.2012 / 11:23 AM / Feature
By Mike Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer

Armed with eight first-round NHL draft picks, three returning players and two promising draft-eligible prospects, USA Hockey on Tuesday announced its selection camp roster for the team that will comprise the U.S. National Junior Team competing in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, later this month.

Team USA's training camp will take place Dec. 16-18 at the New York Rangers' training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. The camp then will move to Helsinki, Finland, Dec. 19-23 before the final 23-man roster, which will include three goalies, is determined Dec. 23.

"We have a young, but talented group of players," Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, said. "There will be some tough choices to get to the final roster, but that's certainly a good problem to have."

U.S. National Team coach Phil Housley will oversee a 27-man preliminary roster at camp that includes 15 forwards and nine defensemen. There are 13 states and 18 NHL clubs represented on the roster.

U.S. '13 WJC SELECTION CAMP ROSTER


Goalies:
John Gibson, Kitchener Rangers, OHL (Ducks); Jon Gillies, Providence College, HEA (Flames); Garret Sparks, Guelph Storm, OHL (Maple Leafs).

Defensemen: Shayne Gostisbehere, Union College, ECACH (Flyers); Matt Grzelcyk, Boston University, HEA (Bruins); Seth Jones, Portland, WHL (2013 draft eligible); Jake McCabe, University of Wisconsin, WCHA (Sabres); Connor Murphy, Sarnia, OHL (Coyotes); Mike Reilly, University of Minnesota, WCHA (Blue Jackets); Patrick Sieloff, Windsor, OHL (Flames); Brady Skjei, University of Minnesota, WCHA (Rangers); Jacob Trouba, University of Michigan, CCHA (Jets).

Forwards: Cole Bardreau, Cornell University, ECACH (free agent); Riley Barber, Miami University, CCHA (Capitals); Tyler Biggs, Oshawa, OHL (Maple Leafs); Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia, OHL (Canadiens); John Gaudreau, Boston College, HEA (Flames); Rocco Grimaldi, University of North Dakota, WCHA (Panthers); Ryan Hartman, Plymouth, OHL (2013 draft eligible); Sean Kuraly, Miami University, CCHA (Sharks); Mario Lucia, University of Notre Dame, CCHA (Wild); Stefan Matteau, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL (Devils); J.T. Miller, Connecticut, AHL (Rangers); Stefan Noesen, Plymouth, OHL (Senators); Blake Pietila, Michigan State University, WCHA (Devils); Vince Trocheck, Saginaw, OHL (Panthers); Jimmy Vesey, Harvard University, ECACH (Predators).

Among those returnees from last year's WJC team are goalie John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers, defenseman Jacob Trouba of the University of Michigan and forward J.T. Miller of the Connecticut Whale.

Gibson, who hasn't played since suffering a strained hip flexor last Tuesday, likely will be the starter when the U.S. opens the tournament Dec. 27 against Germany. Jon Gillies of Providence College and Garret Sparks of the Guelph Storm will compete for backup duty during selection camp.

The U.S. roster is stocked with first-round draftees -- defensemen Connor Murphy (Phoenix, 2011), Brady Skjei (N.Y. Rangers, 2012) and Trouba (Winnipeg, 2012) and forwards Tyler Biggs (Toronto, 2011), Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal, 2012), Stefan Matteau (New Jersey, 2012), Miller (N.Y. Rangers, 2011) and Stefan Noesen (Ottawa, 2011).

At USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August, Biggs finished second only to fellow camp invitee, Sean Kuraly of Miami University, with four goals and seven points in five games.

Born in Milwaukee while his father, Alex Sr., was playing for the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL, the younger Galchenyuk lived all over Europe while father played in Russia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Belarus. Alex speaks Italian, Russian and English and holds dual U.S./Russian citizenship, but his sights always have been set on representing the U.S. in international competitions.

There are two promising 2013 draft prospects on the roster, defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks and forward Ryan Hartman of the Plymouth Whalers. Jones likely would have represented the U.S. at last year's tournament if not for a shoulder injury sustained in the last exhibition game.

Jones, rated No. 1 among WHL skaters in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary league rankings, will serve as captain for Team Orr at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Jan. 16.

Over the summer, he served as captain for the United States at the World Under-18 Championship, totaling eight points in six games as the U.S. earned the gold medal.

"If Seth Jones was eligible for the 2012 Draft, he would have given Ryan Murray (taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the second pick) a run for his money as the top defender chosen," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr told NHL.com.

Central Scouting has Hartman No. 11 among skaters in the OHL.

The U.S. is coming off a seventh-place finish at the 2012 WJC, its worst showing since finishing eighth in 1999.

The 2013 WJC will run Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. All preliminary-round games for the U.S. and Canada will be played at the 7,950-seat Ufa Arena. The U.S. will play in Group B, with Canada, Slovakia, Germany and host Russia. Defending gold medalist Sweden, which scored a 1-0 overtime victory against Russia in last year's final, heads the Group A field, with Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Latvia.

The quarterfinals will be played Jan. 2 and semifinals Jan. 3. The bronze-medal game will be Jan. 5 at 4 a.m. ET; and the gold-medal game will follow at 8 a.m. ET.

NHL Network-U.S. is the home of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, with coverage of more than 15 games -- including every U.S. and Canada game -- as well as highlights and analysis.

Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale

Author: Mike G. Morreale | NHL.com Staff Writer

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01