I would venture to say one of the best in recent years.
Also I would forsee those who did not make it look to sign USHL tenders in the next week to 10 days.
this defense is simply outrageous!
I cant recall a group this loaded from the blueline in many years. I thought the 92's were crazy deep, but this group is jaw dropping if all actually show up and not bolt for the CHL.
the forwards are solid as well. though I wish Jackson and Askew made the team, you still need to have balance and round the team out with some grinders. Jackson and Askew will be big dogs on other squads which will be fine.
Bracco and Kirwan are my two big favorites offensively with Yan right there as well...I hope Greenway developes a bit better than Fasching did with the USNDP...as he could wind up being in the top 2-3 drafted from the US if he puts it all together.
I agree. The defense has the potential be up there with the '94 group and there's a ton of potential on offense for a dynamic group, something the NTDP hasn't had in awhile up front.
There looks to be only 1 forward spot left as far as I can tell. Now it's certainly possibly there's some misinformation out there or some players back out after the OHL draft but USAH seems to know how deep the '97 group is and wants to have this team selected and signed as soon as possible.
Also interesting...no Minnesotans on the roster that's almost complete. Surprising even though it's not a strong year for Minnesota despite the birth year being great for USAH.
Good. I (and many other Minnesotans) love seeing them stay for their high school careers i:e Nick Leddy and Ryan Mcdonagh recently.
After watching all the prospects this past weekend I feel Jones is high end. He can skate, pass, shoot. He is going to be huge as well. I feel he will become a pronger type player when he comes out of the ntdp.
Maybe they're going to take 9? The U17s had a lot of injuries this year.
I doubt it since the '96 NTDP team already has 8 d-men as well, although it's possible one of them is leaving, but usually they would just add another '96 born d-man. Although, if Werenski and Hanifin are as good as everyone says they are, it probably won't be long before they're both playing with the U18s next year, especially because the '96 d-men are not a good group and those two are supposed to be big-time (think Trouba/Jones) recruits.
__________________ "I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough." - Mark Twain.
You can see Team USA's IIHF entry list for the World U18 Championship in Russia here.
There are 35 skaters and 5 goalies on the list, most of which obviously are from the U17 and U18 NTDP teams. The players listed as possibilities for the team but not from the NTDP are: G - Evan Cowley (NAHL), D - Anthony DeAngelo (OHL), F - Adam Erne (QMJHL), F - Connor Hurley (MNHS/USHL), F - Vinnie Lettieri (USHL), D - Tommy Vannelli (MNHS).
Cowley's team didn't make the NAHL playoffs so he's available. Erne's team would have to bow out (and possibly quickly) in the 2nd round of the QMJHL playoffs to be eligible. Hurley and Lettieri's teams are both going to make the USHL playoffs, which won't start until the time this tournament is starting, so I'm surprised to see them on here unless they have some kind of deal set up with their clubs. And Tommy Vannelli already joined the NTDP U18 permanently after his high school season ended so he'll already be on the team.
D - Scott Savage, D - Trevor Hamilton, F - Shane Eiserman were the U18 players that played the last USHL game of the year with the U17 team while forwards Eichel, Hitchcock, and MacInnis were up with the U18 team to end the season.
Unless the buy out fee is posted Greenway must go to the NTDP correct? He has already commited. Also don't see Fitzgerald going to NTDP. His brother turned the program down to stay in the Northeast so can't see brother going as well. With no word on Yan and if Greenway possibly out of the picture, what other prospect would possibly get a call if those two spots need filled?