Every year around this time, the NTDP unveils its tryout camp roster for next season’s U.S. National Under-17 Team. This year, the NTDP is inviting 52 of the best American players born in 1998 to compete in the four-day camp to evaluate players for next year’s squad.
Some players will receive offers after camp, others will continue to be monitored into the summer player development camps and some could make the team that were not at the camp. It seems to happen every year.
This list is always fun to look at to get a feel for who some of the up-and-coming American stars are. Back when I worked in Ann Arbor, it was always fun to look back at past camp rosters and see all of the big names that were in this camp that either didn’t make the NTDP that year or decided not to go. Hindsight can be fun.
This list, however, is all about the future. Know these names as many of these players will be future NHL draft picks, college hockey stars and some will be either playing at the NTDP or in a top junior league as early as next year.
After the jump, the complete roster.
It’s been a lot tougher to track the younger age groups, so I don’t have a great handle on the 1998 birth years.
Here are some notable names, however:
There are several players with NHL connections on this roster.
Graham McPhee, who plays at Shattuck-St. Mary’s is the son of Washington Capitals GM and former Hobey Baker Award winner George McPhee. He is committed to Boston College where he will play for his father’s former coach at Bowling Green State, Jerry York.
Kieffer Bellows is the son of Minnesota North Stars great Brian Bellows. He is a Portland Winterhawks draft choice in the WHL and just helped Edina High School capture their second consecutive Minnesota state title. Bellows, a sophomore, had three points in the championship game and finished the season with 34 points.
Logan Brown‘s father Jeff played many years in the NHL, 747 games in fact, and is now the coach of the USHL’s Indiana Ice. Logan plays for the Ice’s midget team, but also spent time in the increasingly notable St. Louis Blues AAA program in his younger years. He’s a big kid at 6-foot-4, 201 already, so he could be a physically dominant presence in this camp.
Jamie Armstrong‘s father Bill is the director of amateur scouting for the St. Louis Blues. Bill played for a long time in the AHL and IHL. Jamie is a bit of a surprise for this camp as he comes from the Rhode Island high school ranks, which used to be an early training ground for some legit prospects like Brian Lawton, the first American drafted No. 1 overall. It’s not the fertile recruiting ground it used to be, so this is a pretty big deal for Armstrong to make this camp. (h/t to Mark Divver for the tip)
Griffin Luce also has NHL ties as his father Scott is the Florida Panthers’ director of scouting, while his grandfather is longtime Buffalo Sabre Don Luce, who currently serves as a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers. (thanks to Andrew for the heads up on the omission — a lot of NHL ties here.) Griffin, a verbal commit to Michigan, spent this season at Salisbury School and is a highly-regarded player.
Kenny Johnson has both NHL and NTDP connections. The Shattuck-St. Mary’s defenseman is the younger brother of NHLer and NTDP alum Jack Johnson. He may not be the man-child Jack was at his age, but he has size and is gaining a reputation for toughness, from what I hear.
Dominick Mersch is the younger brother of Wisconsin star and LA Kings prospect Michael Mersch, who spent two years in Ann Arbor. Dominick plays for the Chicago Mission.
Another NTDP connection is James Greenway, whose brother Jordan is having a great year with the NTDP’s U17 team right now. Jordan is a big defenseman with 33 points, who has committed to Boston University.
Players that have some buzz coming into the camp include Max Jones and Chad Krys. Jones is rumored to have already accepted an offer to the NTDP, while Krys has been viewed as one of the top offensive defensemen in his age group. Krys is expected to be pursued heavily by the QMJHL this offseason as he is probably the best player in the east, by many accounts.
Another player who will have some buzz for helping his team make it to the Minnesota Class AA state final as a freshman goalie is Jake Oettinger. He helped get Lakeville North to the state final, only to run into the Edina powerhouse. They lost 8-2, but that doesn’t take away from Oettinger’s impressive showing as a freshman. The 6-3, 195-pound goalie finished the year with a .917 save percentage, including a .931 mark in the regular season.
Another big Minnesota goalie to watch is Dayton Rasmussen from Holy Family H.S. He posted a .926 save percentage and 1.41 goals-against average as a freshman this season and seems to have picked up some buzz this season.
There are quite a few college committed players coming to camp as well including Mitch Eliot, who was one of (if not the) first to verbally commit to a school, having done so last February at age 14. At this point, he is headed to Michigan State University.
Notably not on the invite list is Jakob Chychrun, who was born in Florida, but holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship. He is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the OHL draft and is almost assuredly headed there. It is also likely Chychrun will choose to represent Canada internationally. The Boca Raton, Fla., native played for the Toronto Junior Canadiens this year and was named to Canada Ontario for the World Under-17 Challenge, a rare occurrence for an underage player. Chychrun’s father is former NHLer Jeff Chychrun. I’m told Chychrun did not receive an invite to the camp, as he is expected to go the OHL route.
Making this camp is a great accomplishment for a lot of players, and for the ones that didn’t make it… well…. Patrick Kane didn’t make it either. He ended up as a last-second addition to the NTDP’s U17 team way back in 2004. It’s funny how development works sometimes.
Since I’m not as familiar with this group, be sure to check out some other great breakdowns including this one from OverTheBoards.net and SBNCollegeHockey.com. Both have a fairly comprehensive look at this roster and I trust both outlets.
Here’s the full list of who is invited via USANTDP.com.
|F||Joey Anderson||Roseville, Minn.||Hill-Murray School (Minn.)|
|F||Jamie Armstrong||Warwick, R.I.||Bishop Hendricken High School (R.I.)|
|F||Kieffer Bellows||Edina, Minn.||Edina (Minn.) High School|
|F||Logan Brown||Chesterfield, Mo.||Indiana Ice Midget Minor|
|F||Hank Crone||Cedar Hill, Texas||Dallas Stars Midget Minor|
|F||Grant Cruikshank||Delafield, Wis.||Milwaukee Admirals Midget Minor|
|F||Josh Dunne||O’Fallon, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|F||Trent Frederic||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|F||Timothy Gettinger||North Olmstead, Ohio||Cleveland Barons Midget Minor|
|F||Keeghan Howdeshell||Brighton, Mich.||Detroit Compuware Midget Minor|
|F||Max Jones||Rochester, Mich.||Detroit Honeybaked Midget Major|
|F||Clayton Keller||Swansea, Ill.||Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)|
|F||Patrick Khodorenko||Walnut Creek, Calif.||Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor|
|F||William Knierim||Skokie, Ill.||Chicago Mission Midget Minor|
|F||Noah LaLonde||Macomb, Mich.||Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor|
|F||John Leonard||Amherst, Mass.||Springfield Cathedral High School|
|F||William Lockwood||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Oakland Grizzlies Midget Minor|
|F||Mitchell Mattson||Grand Rapids, Minn.||Grand Rapids (Minn.) High School|
|F||Graham McPhee||Bethesda, Md.||Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)|
|F||Dominic Mersch||Park Ridge, Ill.||Chicago Mission Midget Minor|
|F||Jacob Nielsen||New Berlin, Wis.||Milwaukee Admirals Midget Minor|
|F||Nick Pastujov||Bradenville, Fla.||Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor|
|F||James Sanchez||Northbrook, Ill.||Chicago Young Americans Midget Minor|
|F||Riley Tufte||Ham Lake, Minn.||Blaine (Minn.) High School|
|F||Garrett Wait||Edina, Minn.||Edina (Minn.) High School|
|F||Zach Walker||Boise, Idaho||Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Minor|
|F||Kailer Yamamoto||Spokane, Wash.||LA Jr. Kings Midget Minor|
|D||Brett Callahan||Westmont, Ill.||Chicago Mission Midget Major|
|D||Michael Campoli||Pointe-Claire, Que.||Lac St. Louis Lions|
|D||Derek Daschke||Troy, Mich.||Oakland Grizzlies Midget Minor|
|D||Cameron Dineen||Toms River, N.J.||NJ Rockets 19U|
|D||Mitch Eliot||Grosse Pointe, Mich.||Detroit Honeybaked Midget Minor|
|D||Tyler Farmer||O’Fallon, Md.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|D||Adam Fox||Jericho, N.Y.||Long Island Gulls Midget Minor|
|D||James Greenway||Potsdam, N.Y.||Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)|
|D||Matthew Hellickson||Rogers, Minn.||Rogers (Minn.) High School|
|D||Kenneth Johnson||Ann Arbor, Mich.||Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)|
|D||Matthew Kiersted||Elk River, Minn.||Elk River / Zimmerman High School|
|D||Alex Green||Chicago, Ill.||Chicago Mission Midget Minor|
|D||Chad Krys||Ridgefield, Conn.||NJ Rockets 19U|
|D||Ryan Lindgren||Minneapolis, Minn.||Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)|
|D||Griffin Luce||Williamsville, N.Y.||Salisbury (Conn.) Prep|
|D||Luke Martin||St. Louis, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|
|D||Luke McInnis||Hingham, Mass.||Hingham (Mass.) High School|
|D||Andrew Peeke||Parkland, Fla.||Selects Academy Midget Minor|
|D||Sam Rossini||Inver Grove Heights, Minn.||Burnsville (Minn.) High School|
|G||Stephen Dhillon||Buffalo, N.Y.||Buffalo Regals 15U|
|G||Ryan Edquist||Lakeville, Minn.||Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.)|
|G||Michael Latorella||Macomb, Mich.||Detroit Honeybaked Midget Major|
|G||Jake Oettinger||Lakeville, Minn.||Lakeville (Minn.) North High School|
|G||Dayton Rasmussen||Eden Prairie, Minn.||Holy Family Catholic High School|
|G||Joseph Woll||Dardenne Prairie, Mo.||St. Louis Blues Midget Minor|