Forwards Thomas Novak and Kyle Connor, both A-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, highlight the roster for the United States Junior Select Team that will compete in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Dec. 14-20.
The U.S. has won five of the past six tournaments with the exception of 2011, when it won a bronze medal. Canada West defeated Canada East in the 2011 gold medal match.
All the players selected currently compete in the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior hockey league in the U.S. Novak is a center for the Waterloo Black Hawks and Connor stars at center/left wing for the Youngstown Phantoms.
The roster features four players that helped the United States win the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, including forwards Connor, Seamus Malone (Dubuque Fighting Saints) and Andrew Oglevie (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and defenseman Neal Pionk (Sioux City Musketeers).