The U.S. National Junior Team’s final roster will be announced Sunday at 3 a.m. ET. That’s not a typo. USA Hockey was expected to announce the final roster following Team USA’s final World Junior tuneup against Finland today, but that is apparently no longer the case.
USA Hockey initially said a few weeks back that it would name the team on Dec. 23, only to change the date to Dec. 22 at the New York camp. Now they’ve had to alter plans again.
This sudden change in timing is highly irregular from the way things have been done in the past. Perhaps Team USA’s 5-1 loss to Finland today forced some reevaluation from the USA staff about what they want to do. That, or perhaps a player was injured and they need more time for evaluation.
It’s all up for speculation now, but for whatever reason USA Hockey’s staff needed an extra day to make these tough decisions.
The delay in cuts is perhaps good news for the players that were scratched today: Patrick Sieloff, Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey. They looked to be on the outs with their being scratched this morning as the U.S. staff was hoping to get some reps with their final roster.
If the U.S. staff simply needs more time to evaluate the information they have on all the players, it really flips everything on its head in terms of projecting the final roster.
Even though it will be during the wee hours of the morning, you can count on United States of Hockey to have in-depth reaction to the roster immediately after it is unveiled. So go out, revel in the holiday spirit, come back and find out who made Team USA.