2014 WJC: U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster at a Glance

With the U.S. National Junior Team’s training camp opening today in Minneapolis, Minn., I decided to put together a quick reference guide on all 29 invitees.

Logo_USA_hockeyYou can read more detailed analysis on each player at these links: Forwards / Defense and Goalies. A full preview of Team USA’s camp is here.

In this post, you’ll find the vitals on each player including position, height, weight, NHL Draft rights, current team and season statistics to date. Also included is a brief scouting report on each player.

Team USA’s domestic camp will run from today to Wednesday before it heads to Sweden for a few more practices and exhibition games. A full schedule of the practice, which is open to the public at Mariucci Arena, is available at the end of this post.

With 29 players in camp, Team USA will have six cuts to make before the 2014 World Junior Championship, most likely two defensemen and four forwards.

Here’s Team USA’s 29 invitees at a glance.

Players are listed in alphabetical order. Click on player photos for full bios from USAHockey.com. All Photos via USA Hockey.

#11 Riley Barber — RW
Height: 5-11 Weight: 185
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Current Team (league): Miami University (NCHC)
NHL Rights: Washington Capitals
18 GP, 11-17–28, 18 PIM
Quick report: Gifted scorer who skates with power and projects as a top-line scoring threat for Team USA.
Twitter: @rileybarber94

#4 Will Butcher — D
Height: 5-11, Weight: 175
Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wis.
Current Team: University of Denver (NCHC)
NHL Rights: Colorado Avalanche
17 GP, 3-1–4, 4 PIM
Quick Report: Nimble puck-mover with a good quick shot from the point who isn’t afraid to take risks to create offense.
Twitter: @WillButcher4

#28 Connor Carrick — D
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190
Hometown: Orland Park, Ill.
Current Team: Hershey Bears (AHL)
NHL Rights: Washington Capitals
AHL: 13 GP, 0-4–4, 15 PIM
NHL: 3 GP,  1-0–1, 6 PIM
Quick Report: A puck-moving blueliner with good offensive instincts and vision. Undersized, but good physical strength and doesn’t shy away from the physical game, either.
Twitter: @connorcarrick

#37 J.T. Compher — C
Height: 6-0 Weight: 170
Hometown: Northbrook, Ill.
Current Team: University of Michigan (Big Ten)
NHL Rights: Buffalo Sabres
14 GP, 5-9–14, 4 PIM
Quick Report: A gritty two-way center who can play in a variety of situations, with good speed and a high-end shot.
Twitter: @Jcomph7

#9 Andrew Copp — C
Height: 6-1 Weight: 205
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Current Team: University of Michigan (Big Ten)
NHL Rights: Winnipeg Jets
14 GP, 9-5–14, 8 PIM
Quick Report: Physically strong two-way center who has good sense in both zones, plays a physical game and skill to provide some scoring depth.
Twitter: @Copp94

#24 Anthony DeAngelo — D
Height: 5-11 Weight: 175
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Current Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)
NHL Rights: 2014 Draft-eligible
32 GP, 9-37–46, 38 PIM
Quick Report: Highly-skilled offensive defenseman who finds seams well and distributes at a high level. Defense needs some work, but a dynamic talent overall.
Twitter: @TonyDee07

#35 Thatcher Demko — G
Height: 6-3 Weight: 190
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current Team: Boston College (HEA)
NHL Rights: 2014 Draft-eligible
5 GP, 4-1-1, 2.31 GAA, .911 SV%, 0 SO
Quick Report: Technically-sound netminder who takes up a lot of net and does a good job of keeping things simple and controlled between the pipes.
Twitter: @thatcher_hockey

#14 Thomas Di Pauli — LW
Height: 5-11 Weight: 185
Hometown: Woodridge, Ill.
Current Team: University of Notre Dame (HEA)
NHL Rights: Washington Capitals
8 GP, 1-0–1, 6 PIM
Quick Report: A strong two-way forward who excels in defensive situations, Di Pauli is good in puck pursuit and strong on the puck when he has it.
Twitter: @Thomasdipauli

#15 Jack Eichel — C
Height: 6-1 Weight: 191
Hometown: North Chelmsford, Mass.
Current Team: U.S. National Under-18 Team (committed to Boston U.)
NHL Rights: 2015 Draft-eligible
22 GP, 19-20–39, 6 PIM
Quick Report: A dynamic offensive talent who combines good size with strong skating, high-end puck skills and elite offensive instincts.
Twitter: @Jack_Eichel11

#19 Adam Erne — LW/RW
Height: 6-0 Weight: 210
Hometown: New Haven, Conn.
Current Team: Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
NHL Rights: Tampa Bay Lightning
30 GP, 12-26–38, 45 PIM
Quick Report: A solid producing forward with some power elements to help create offense, Erne has a terrific shot and slick distribution skills to go along with some good quickness.
Twitter: @Adamerne73

#22 Hudson Fasching — RW
Height: 6-2 Weight: 200
Hometown: Burnsville, Minn.
Current Team: University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
NHL Rights: LA Kings
16 GP, 6-8–14, 12 PIM
Quick Report: A true power forward with tremendous physical strength and good awareness around the net, Fasching is a powerful skater who will throw his big frame around when needed.
Twitter: @Hfasching22

#20 Ryan Fitzgerald — LW/C
Height: 5-9 Weight: 166
Hometown: North Reading, Mass.
Current Team: Boston College (HEA)
NHL Rights: Boston Bruins
16 GP, 7-8–15, 8 PIM
Quick Report: Undersized, but crafty and quick, Fitzgerald has good vision and skill to create offense.
Twitter: @RTF_17

#32 Jon Gillies — G
Height: 6-5 Weight: 215
Hometown: South Portland, Maine
Current Team: Providence College (HEA)
NHL Rights: Calgary Flames
15 GP, 10-1-3, 1.88 GAA, .941 SV%, 3 SO
Quick Report: A monster between the pipes, Gillies combines good size with a controlled presence in the net and good athleticism to make those game-saving stops.
Twitter: @JGillies32

#7 Matt Grzelcyk — D
Height: 5-9 Weight: 175
Hometown: Charlestown, Mass.
Current Team: Boston University (HEA)
NHL Rights: Boston Bruins
17 GP, 2-6–8, 12 PIM
Quick Report: A puck-moving defenseman with a high hockey IQ, Grzelcyk is strong in both ends with a good defensive stick and tremendous distribution skills.
Twitter: @Matt_Grzelcyk5

#21 Ryan Hartman — RW/C
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190
Hometown: West Dundee, Ill.
Current Team: Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
NHL Rights: Chicago Blackhawks
25 GP, 13-13–26, 44 PIM
Quick Report: A terrific two-way player with a hard edge to him, Hartman can be a force at both ends of the ice due to his physical game and strong puck skills.
Twitter: @RHartzy18

#13 Vince Hinostroza — C
Height: 5-9 Weight: 170
Hometown: Bartlett, Ill.
Current Team: University of Notre Dame (HEA)
NHL Rights: Chicago Blackhawks
12 GP, 3-11–14, 2 PIM
Quick Report: A solid two-way center with a strong on-ice work ethic, Hinostroza plays the game at 100 miles an hour, which makes him tough to defend and effective in both his own zone and in transition.
Twitter: @Hinostroza12

#17 Nic Kerdiles — LW/C
Height: 6-2 Weight: 196
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
Current Team: University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
NHL Rights: Anaheim Ducks
14 GP, 8-9–17, 25 PIM
Quick Report: A skilled forward who is strong on the puck, Kerdiles is an excellent finisher who is difficult to defend and does a nice job finding teammates in the offensive zone.
Twitter: @NicKerdiles

#23 Stefan Matteau — LW
Height: 6-1 Weight: 215
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current Team: Albany Devils (AHL)
NHL Rights: New Jersey Devils
25 GP, 6-7–13, 35 PIM
Quick Report: A physically strong forward who plays with some nastiness, Matteau has powerful stride to go along with some solid offensive tools.
Twitter: N/A

#3 Ian McCoshen — D
Height: 6-2 Weight: 207
Hometown: Hudson, Wis.
Current Team: Boston College (HEA)
NHL Rights: Florida Panthers
16 GP, 3-6–9, 22 PIM
Quick Report: A poised two-way defenseman with great size and strength, McCoshen does a lot well in both zones and keeps things simple.
Twitter: @ijmcoshen3

#8 Tyler Motte — LW
Height: 5-10 Weight: 180
Hometown: St. Clair, Mich.
Current Team: University of Michigan (Big Ten)
NHL Rights: Chicago Blackhawks
14 GP, 5-3–8, 16 PIM
Quick Report: An extremely smart forward with good offensive skills and quickness, Motte is effective in all zones due to his strong hockey sense and tenacity.
Twitter: @tmotte_14

#10 Danny O’Regan — C
Height: 5-10 Weight: 176
Hometown: Needham, Mass.
Current Team: Boston University (HEA)
NHL Rights: San Jose Sharks
17 GP, 5-6–11, 4 pIM
Quick Report: A highly-skilled center with some offensive creativity, O’Regan does a nice job of giving himself time and space and utilizing his linemates.
Twitter: @DannyORegan15

#27 Brett Pesce — D
Height: 6-3 Weight: 180
Hometown: Tarrytown, N.Y.
Current Team: University of New Hampshire (HEA)
NHL Rights: Carolina Hurricanes
19 GP, 1-1–2, 4 PIM
Quick Report: A prototypical stay-at-home defenseman, Pesce does a nice job of keeping everything in front of him and utilizing solid positioning in the defensive zone which is aided by his big frame.
Twitter: @brettpesce22

#18 Henrik Samuelsson — C/W
Height: 6-3 Weight: 208
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Current Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
NHL Rights: Phoenix Coyotes
28 GP, 14-24–38, 41 PIM
Quick Report: A rugged forward with good size and a mean streak, Samuelsson has really good hand skills for a big player and will out-muscle most of his opponents as well.
Twitter: @Hsamuelsson1994

#16 Steven Santini — D
Height: 6-2 Weight: 207
Hometown: Mahopac, N.Y.
Current Team: Boston College (HEA)
NHL Rights: New Jersey Devils
13 GP, 2-4–6, 36 PIM
Quick Report: A highly-mobile defenseman who always takes care of his own end first, Santini has good physicality and terrific defensive instincts that allow him to shut down most opponents.
Twitter: N/A

#25 Quentin Shore — C
Height: 6-1 Weight: 185
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Current Team: University of Denver (NCHC)
NHL Rights: Ottawa Senators
17 GP, 3-10–13, 12 PIM
Quick Report: A heady two-way centerman, Shore has terrific distribution skills and uses his lanky frame well in puck protection and pursuit.
Twitter: @QShore27

#2 Brady Skjei — D
Height: 6-2 Weight: 197
Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
Current Team: University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
NHL Rights: New York Rangers
16 GP, 2-3–5, 16 PIM
Quick Report: A defense-first defenseman, Skjei is a high-end skater who can get the puck out of trouble with a good first pass or with his feet. He also has a physical element and his offensive game has progressed.
Twitter: @BradySkjei

#6 Jaccob Slavin — D
Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Hometown: Erie, Colo.
Current Team: Colorado College (NCHC)
NHL Rights: Carolina Hurricanes
10 GP, 1-6–7, 0 PIM
Quick Report: A very good two-way defenseman with good size, Slavin isn’t overly flashy, but he has good distribution skills and positions himself well in his own zone.
Twitter: @JSlavin7

#26 Zach Stepan — C/W
Height: 5-11 Weight: 175
Hometown: Hastings, Minn.
Current Team: Minnesota State University (WCHA)
NHL Rights: Nashville Predators
14 GP, 4-4–8, 10 PIM
Quick Report: With good puck skills and some solid hockey sense, Stepan sees the ice well and gets involved in all zones.
Twitter: @StepanUp25

#29 Anthony Stolarz — G
Height: 6-6 Weight: 220
Hometown: Edison, N.J.
Current Team: London Knights (OHL)
26 GP, 20-3-1, 2.50 GAA, .926 SV%, 3 SO
Quick Report: Though he has a massive frame and may not be as polished as some of his counterparts, Stolarz is extremely quick between the pipes and does a nice job taking away the net.
Twitter: @StolieTheGoalie

Team USA Minnesota Training Camp Schedule (all times CT)

Sun., Dec. 15 – Practice – 6:30-8 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 16 – Practice – 10-11:30 a.m.
Mon., Dec. 16 – Practice – 5-6 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 17 – Practice – 10-11:30 a.m.
Tues., Dec. 17 – Exhibition vs. Minnesota State* – 7:37 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 18 – Practice – 9-10:30 a.m.

* – Game will be played at Verizon Wireless Arena in Mankato, Minn.


About Chris Peters

Editor of The United States of Hockey. Contributor to CBSSports.com, USA Hockey Magazine and more. Former USA Hockey PR guy. Current Iowan.
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