In 2011, the USHL increased the amount of foreign players each club could carry from two to four. As a result, many teams have put more emphasis on global scouting in order to recruit European skaters that will improve their teams. But, while many of the foreign players in the USHL are from Canada, two teams are reaping the benefits of their global outreach and, in turn, have improved the league’s brand among the global hockey community.
The German WJC entry for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships held in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY included one of the best assortments of young hockey players the country had put together in quite some time, including NHL draft picks Philipp Grubauer (WAS), Konrad Abeltshauser (SJS), Tom Kuhnhackl (PIT), Marcel Noebels (PHI), Tobias Rieder (EDM) and Mirko Hoefflin (CHI).
German hockey has produced very few NHL Draft prospects directly, although some players have been selected after apprenticing in the CHL leagues. This year is likely no different for that country, with only a trio of prospects having any real chance of being chosen in the 2012 NHL Draft.
A 2006 draftee of the Carolina Hurricanes, restricted free agent Justin Krueger just completed his first full year in the AHL after 4 years at Cornell and a season in the Swiss NLA. The 6’3”, 205-pound defensive defenseman put up mild offensive totals, but did manage to collect a plus 16 rating in 58 games while playing for the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
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