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

by DJ Powers

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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ISS Draft Rankings: Reinhart holding steady as top prospect in December rankings

by ISS

Sam Reinhart - Team WHL

Photo: This month’s top prospect in the ISS Hockey rankings, Kootenay Ice center and 2014 prospect Sam Reinhart, captained the WHL squad that took part in the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

No news is good news if you're Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, at least when it comes to the ISS Hockey December rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. Reinhart is holding steady as the top-ranked prospect for the coming year's draft, a position he has held in these rankings for the four releases that ISS Hockey has produced in the 2013 portion of this season.

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Rangers’ MacInnis getting up to speed in OHL

by Jason Menard
Ryan MacInnis - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Ryan MacInnis played in the U.S. NTDP program last season before moving to the OHL for the 2013-14 campaign (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)


At 6’3-½, Kitchener Rangers’ pivot Ryan MacInnis doesn’t need much help standing out from the crowd. But when you add in the fact that the St. Louis, MO native is the scion of an NHL legend, it’s hard not to get noticed.

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Boeser, Ruggiero gain invaluable experience playing for Team USA at 5 Nations

by Chapin Landvogt

Brock Boeser - Burnsville High School

Photo: Burnsville (MN) High School forward Brock Boeser (12) has committed to the University of Wisconsin beginning in 2015 (courtesy of MN Hockey Hub/Brian Nelson)

This summer, a number of young players from across the United States were selected to play for the US at the relatively unknown 5 Nations Tournament, a contest for various U17 teams held in Slovakia. The competition consisted of the opponents Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and play was conducted in a simple round robin format.

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Royals’ Nelson balancing team, career goals

by Glen Erickson
Logan Nelson - Victoria Royals

Photo: Victoria Royals forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Logan Nelson spent a short amount of time in the USHL before electing to take his talents to the WHL (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)


By all accounts put forth by prognosticators through the early going, the road to a Western Hockey League title this season is likely to run through either Kelowna or Portland. However, the Victoria Royals would certainly like to force opponents to embark on a couple of ferry rides as part of the championship travel package next spring.

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