The country that has won six of the last seven IIHF U18 World Championship tournaments looks very much the favorite to win their third gold in a row and seventh in eight years as Team USA completed an unbeaten preliminary round at the 2016 edition of this event after defeating Switzerland by a 4-0 score.
With 30 goals spread over those four wins, offense is very much the story for the U.S. More impressively, all 20 skaters deployed by USA head coach Danton Cole have picked up at least one point in this tournament, with 18 of the 20 picking up two points or more. But the story doesn’t end with the offense as the USA goaltenders have surrendered a tournament-low four goals.
One of the more productive players for the U.S. at this U18 has been forward Trent Frederic, one of many players on the USA roster to have competed for the NTDP squad in the 2015-16 season. Frederic, a 2016 NHL Draft prospect, scored three goals and added two assists in the four preliminary round games while logging a +5 rating. He will be attending the University of Wisconsin starting this fall.
Frederic spoke with Hockey’s Future following the win over Switzerland, with that conversation being included in this HF video.
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