2014 U18 Video: Ryan Hitchcock, USA

By Chapin Landvogt

Ryan Hitchcock - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2014 prospect Ryan Hitchcock is slated to attend Yale University starting in the fall of 2014 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While there is a fair amount of star power on Team USA's squad competing at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, the roster also sports an unheralded player or two that bring something other than offensive skills or imposing size. One such player is forward Ryan Hitchcock.

Hitchcock is seeing time on the second line with top 2014 prospect Dylan Larkin and team captain Louis Belpedio. In five games, Hitchcock has produced a goal and an assist as well as 15 shots on goal.

During the 2013-14 season, Hitchcock played for the U.S. NTDP squad. In 20 games versus USHL competition, he scored five goals and added 18 assists to go along with a +11 rating. Hitchcock is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft,  and is ranked 131st by Central Scouting in their final rankings.

Hitchcock spoke with Hockey's Future following his country's win over Denmark, a conversation captured in this HF video.

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