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.
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.
Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Brady Vail has been scoring at a better than point-per-game average so far in in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
For Montreal Canadiens prospect Brady Vail, working on his future team’s goals, has meshed perfectly with the needs of his present squad. But after a major trade in the OHL, Vail said he believes that his role on the Windsor Spitfires may have to change.
Photo: North Bay Battalion forward and 2014 prospect Blake Clarke is returning to the Battalion lineup after an injury at the 2013 All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
Now that his shoulder is a self-professed 100 per cent, North Bay Battalion forward Blake Clarke is ready to press it firmly to the grindstone — the first step in forging what he hopes will be a successful NHL career that starts with a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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.