Ryan Hartman is one of the few returning players for USA's WJ squad. (Rena Laverty, Plymouth Whalers)To say Team USA will have their work cut out for them to repeat as gold medalists at the world junior championship this year would be an understatement.
Without Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson in between the pipes, Nashville Predators star Seth Jones and Winnipeg Jets defender Jacob Trouba on the blueline and Montreal Canadiens sniper Alex Galchenyuk up front, they have ultimately lost their gold medal-winning foundation from last year. Not to mention, they only have three returning players: Providence College puck-stopper Jon Gillies, Miami University winger Riley Barber and Plymouth Whalers agitator Ryan Hartman.
Nevertheless, they still seem have a strong enough squad to be in the running for gold in Malmo, Sweden. Of the 26 players named to their preliminary roster today, Hartman (Chicago Blackhawks, 2013), Edmonton Oil Kings forward Henrik Samuelsson (Phoenix Coyotes, 2012), Albany Devils winger Stefan Matteau (New Jersey Devils, 2012) and University of Minnesota bluelinerRead More »from News and notes from Team USA’s preliminary world junior roster