On Thursday morning, USA Hockey announced their latest cuts from world junior selection camp. The biggest name sent home, forward Alex DeBrincat, was a shock.
For starters, the Erie Otters star is the leading goal-scorer in the Ontario Hockey League with 30 goals — and he also has 30 assists for 60 points — in 28 games. He trails his Otters teammate and Team Canada forward Taylor Raddysh by one point for the league’s scoring lead.
The 19-year-old also has experience. The second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks (39th overall in 2016), was on the bronze-winning team last year in Helsinki, Finland. His tournament, however, was cut short first by an ejection in his first game for spearing and second by a shoulder injury that limited him to five games in the tournament (in which he scored one goal).
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