(Video) 2016 U18 World Championship: USA’s Keller adding exclamation point to solid campaign

By Ken McKenna
Clayton Keller - Team USA - 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship

Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Clayton Keller competed for the NTDP squad in the 2015-16 season, posting 13 goals and 37 points in 23 USHL games (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

While the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship isn’t quite the NHL Draft preview that it has been in other years, there are some players at the tournament in Grand Forks, ND that have given NHL scouts something to chew on with the tournament and season winding down.

One of those 2016 prospects of interest has been Team USA forward Clayton Keller (NTDP – USHL), the leading scorer for the U.S. and the second leading scorer overall at this U18 tournament behind only Tyson Jost (Penticton – BCHL) of Canada. Keller has produced four goals and six assists in five games to date for the U.S.

Like Jost, Keller is a highly-ranked forward for the 2016 NHL Draft who just might nudge his ranking even higher with his performance so far in Grand Forks. The Chesterfield, MO native has been an offensive force in each of the five games, including a Player of the Game performance in the quarterfinal win over the Czechs.

Keller spoke with Hockey’s Future after the win over the Czech Republic, a conversation captured in this HF video.

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