USA Hockey introduced the roster for his or her World Juniors Summer time Collection, which is likely one of the first steps in figuring out a roster for subsequent winter’s 2022 World Juniors event.
These gamers will compete at a camp at USA Hockey Enviornment in Plymouth, Michigan July 24-31 together with some exhibition video games towards Finland and Sweden.
This yr’s World Juniors will return to Edmonton and Crimson Deer for a second consecutive yr and the US will look to defend the gold medal they gained final winter.
Whereas it’s unlikely any agency choices will likely be made at this summer season camp—I nonetheless personally choose to weigh in-season efficiency over summer season camps—this camp does present a reasonably good lay of the land by way of the choices the US can have for the roster.
And as of now, I’d say issues are wanting fairly good. Trying again at our roster projection from final January, if nothing else, we’re in such a greater spot on the subject of the Covid pandemic that there aren’t many issues about USA Hockey getting off their camps, or folks enjoying video games this fall, which ought to present ample analysis alternative. And we had been even in a position to get sufficient video games on this previous spring to permit some contemporary names to emerge, particularly from the youthful beginning years.
The weakest place by way of depth might be in objective, which is ok since you’re solely allowed to play one after the other anyway. Possibly somebody will emerge as a back-up, however as of now, it’s Drew Commesso after which a large hole behind him.
The protection, in the meantime, has an virtually embarrassment of riches. They begin with three nice returnees in Jake Sanderson, Brock Faber, and Tyler Kleven after which there are in all probability 10+ guys that might simply fill the remaining 4 roster spots. The late first to early second spherical of this yr’s draft needs to be very robust with American defensemen.
The ahead group nonetheless isn’t thrilling because the previous few years. They return three gamers from final yr’s squad and have some first rate depth choices, however at this level, there are nonetheless questions on high-end scoring capacity. Can Matthew Beniers carry a crew as their main scoring possibility and might Chaz Lucius keep wholesome are possible the 2 greatest questions that should be answered for the US offense.
Total, this needs to be an excellent US crew, no matter which gamers make the ultimate roster. There are numerous proficient gamers to select from and it needs to be thrilling to see which gamers emerge to make the ultimate roster.