The U.S. National Junior Team’s preliminary roster grew by three players Tuesday. Forwards Vince Hinostroza, Zach Stepan and defenseman Jaccob Slavin have been added to the training camp in Minnesota to bring the total roster to a robust 29 players.
Team USA’s general manager Jim Johansson said additions could be made later after the initial announcement last week. With three new players added to the mix, the roster decisions became a lot more interesting and the camp competitions even more heated.
Both Stepan, of Minnesota State, and Notre Dame’s Hinostroza have battled some injury trouble this year, which is likely cause for the delayed additions. Both were teammates with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL last season.
Colorado College’s Slavin is the real surprise of the group, having not been at Team USA’s summer camp. I haven’t seen CC much this season, but Slavin has gotten a lot of good reviews from folks I’ve talked to. He brings some good size to the table and is a gifted defender with some puck-moving capabilities.
More on each after the jump and what it means for the camp process.