The Evaluation Roster for the 2011 World Junior Championship is now out and once again, Chris Brown of Flower Mound, Texas has been selected again to have a shot at the team after falling at the final possible hurdle just a couple of days before last year's WJC got going in Saskatchewan, Canada where the Americans ended Canada's 5 year Gold Medal Streak in the WJC.
For Brown, last year's disappointment of not making the team should be a huge motivation for him and I would expect that he should make the team given he has another strong year for the University of Michigan.
If the Wolverines forward can improve on his 28 points in 45 games played. Which also included a strong player on the PP and had 4 game winning goals last season after having a mediocre regular season for the team, the Wolverines and shocked everyone by winning the CCHA Tournament. If they failed to win, it would have been the first time in nearly 25 years the team would have failed to make the NCAA Hockey Tournament.
His assistants include Mark Osiecki who's the head coach of Ohio State University, and Phil Housely who's the head coach of the famous Minnesota High School Program in Stillwater, Minnesota.
This year should be even more competitive as the Americans are looking to win the WJC on home ice and defending it for the first time in the tournament's history. With the group set up as the Americans have avoided all 3 main rivals in the WJC (CAN, SWE & RUS), it should give the Americans a strong chance as the USA will play Switzerland & Finland as the main rivals with Germany & Slovakia rounding out the group.
In all 44 players will make the roster of hopefuls coming from all over North America with the USNTDP, the NCAA & Major Juniors making up the majority of players of hopefuls. Even though a couple of high school players and Beau Bennett who's one of the nation's top Canadian Junior A Players playing in the BCHL also made the roster.
Watch out for Emerson Etem who's looking to be one of the most successful players to come out of California who had a great year for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League
In all 9 players are back on the roster which includes Cam Fowler who's scheduled to be one of the top defensemen, Jack Campbell who's the #1 Ranked Goalie in the Scouting Rankings for this weeks Draft that will be taking place in Los Angeles this weekend.
Of the 44 players, only 30 will make the first cut which will be taking place in November as the team will start to schedule pre tournament games and take a look at their efforts for their club teams in the first part of the season to determine who's moves on and who will be left off the team.
USA Hockey Coaching Staff for 2011 WJC: www.usahockey.com/world_junior_championships/default.aspx?id=287916
More info on the Junior Camp Roster: www.usahockey.com/Template_Usahockey.aspx?NAV=TU_04_01_06&id=288578&DetailedNews=yes
Here's the Junior Evaluation Camp Roster
Jack Campbell 6'2" 185 L Pt. Huron, Mich USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Zach Gothberg 6'1" 177 L Grand Forks, N.D. Thief Rivers HS (HS-Minn)
Michael Houser 6'1" 180 L Wexford, PA London Knights (OHL)
Andy Iles 5'8" 179 L Ithaca, N.Y. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Mark Alt 6'4" 205 R St. Paul, Minn. Cretin-Derhim Hall (HS-MN)
Brandon Archibald 6'3" 200 R Pt. Huron, Mich St. Sault Marie Greyhounds(OHL)
Adam Clendening 5'11" 190 R Niagara Falls, NY USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Brian Dumoulin 6'4" 203 L Biddeford, Maine Boston College (HEA)
Justin Faulk 5'11" 195 R St. Paul, Minn. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Derek Forbot 6'4" 195 L Duluth, Minn. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Cam Fowler 6'2" 190 L Farmington Hills, Mich. Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Stephen Jones 6'3" 215 R Wampum, PA USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Nick Leddy 5'11" 180 L Eden Prairie, Minn U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Jon Merrill 6'3" 200 L Brighton, Mich. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
John Ramge 6'0" 195 R St. Louis, Missouri U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Philip Samuelsson 6'3" 198 L Scottsdale, Ariz. Boston College (HEA)
Jarred Tinordi 6'5" 202 L Millersville, Md. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Patrick Wey 6'2" 200 R Pittsburgh, PA Boston College (HEA)
Beau Bennett 6'1" 180 R Gardena, Calif. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Nick Bjugstad 6'4" 188 R Blaine, Minn. Blane HS (HS-MN)
Ryan Bourque 5'9" 166 L Boxford, Mass. Quebec City Ramparts (QMJHL)
Connor Brickley 6'2" 193 L Everett, Mass. Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Chris Brown 6'2" 194 R Flower Mound, TX. U. of Michigan (CCHA)
Zach Budish 6'3" 220 R Edina, Mass. U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Charlie Coyle 6'2" 207 R East Weymouth, Mass. South Shore Kings (EJHL)
Jerry D'Amigo 5'11" 190 L Binghamton, NY Rensselaer (ECAC)
Emerson Etem 6'0" 198 R Long Beach, Calif. Medicine Hat Tiers (WHL)
Kevin Hayes 6'2" 201 L Boston, Mass. Noble & Greenough School (HS-Mass)
Chris Kreider 6'2" 205 L Boxford, Mass. Boston College (HEA)
Phil Lane 6'2" 194 R Rochester, NY Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Kevin Lynch 6'1" 198 R Gross Pointe, Mich U. of Michigan (CCHA)
Tyler Maxwell 5'9" 179 L Manhattan Beach, Calif Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Jeremy Morin 6'1" 196 R Auburn, NY Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Brock Nelson 6'3" 205 L Minneapolis, Minn Warroad HS (HS-MN)
Matt Neito 5'11" 182 L Long Beach, Calif. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Kyle Palmieri 5'11" 195 R Montvale, N.J. U. of Norte Dame (CCHA)
Tyler Pitlick 6'1" 196 L Centerville, Minn Minnesota State (WCHA)
Bryan Rust 5'11" 191 R Bloomfield, Hills, Mich. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Brandon Saad 6'1" 196 L Gibsonia, PA USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Drew Shore 6'2" 190 R Denver, Colo. Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
Nick Shore 6'0" 186 R Denver, Colo. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Austin Watson 6'3" 187 R Ann Arbor, Mich. Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Steve Whitney 5'7" 168 R Reading, Mass. Boston College (HEA)
Jason Zucker 5'10" 168 L Las Vegas, Nev. USNTDP U18 (USHL)
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