2014 WJC Preview: USA looking to repeat with a mostly different roster

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Riley Barber - Team USA

Photo: Team USA captain and Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber has had a strong season so far at Miami University, putting him in the conversation for the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

This year’s United States squad will look vastly different from the team that won the gold medal at last year's World Junior Championship held in Ufa, Russia, as Team USA returns only three players from last year’s squad. Among the notable eligible returnees absent from this year’s WJC team are Alex Galchenyuk and Jacob Trouba, both of whom are now playing in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets, respectively.

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Kristo credits NCAA background for successful start to pro career

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Danny Kristo - New York Rangers

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack forward and New York Rangers prospect Danny Kristo, shown here playing for the Rangers in a 2013 preseason game, has so far fit in well in his new organization after being dealt by the Montreal Canadiens to the Rangers (courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It's been an exciting eight months for Danny Kristo. The 23-year-old winger for the Hartford Wolf Pack – the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers – has gone from playing in the NCAA national quarter-final at the University of North Dakota to playing in the last stretch of a losing season with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, and now establishing himself as a star with the Wolf Pack following a July trade.

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NCAA prospects notebook for November, 2013

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Johnny Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is currently ranked second in the nation in NCAA scoring, but leads all NHL-drafted D-1 players in that category (courtesy of Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The first full month of the 2013-14 NCAA hockey season featured a little a bit of just about everything. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the headlines and notable performances that took place in November. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 1st.

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Guentzel, Archibald key contributors for Mavericks in 2013-14

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Jake Guentzel - Team USA

Photo: Univeristy of Nebraska-Omaha forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jake Guentzel, shown here taking part in USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp back in August, has made a quick adjustment to NCAA hockey as he has been one of the top rookies in Division I college hockey so far this season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

At the start of the NCAA collegiate hockey season, two Pittsburgh Penguins draft picks began the next step of their respective hockey journeys together when Nebraska-Omaha traveled to Marquette, MI to face Northern Michigan.

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Positive thinking leads to positive results for Pioneers’ Brittain

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Sam Brittain - University of Denver

Photo: University of Denver goaltender and Florida Panthers prospect Sam Brittain has re-emerged as a top NCAA goaltender in his senior season (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

 

University of Denver goalie Sam Brittain got an early Thanksgiving feast over the weekend, gobbling up a combined 66 shots to lead the Pioneers to a win and a tie against Air Force.

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