U.S. Under-18 head coach Kurt Kleinendorst
“Justin might be the sleeper of the group. His offensive ability really stands out, but he is also good defensively. He is as strong as an ox and shoots the puck extremely well. He's probably our most underrated player, who just now is starting to catch people's eye, but how could he not. He's just a powerful kid."
It's a tribute to him, and everything he's done and deserved is coming to fruition tonight with his jersey in the rafters. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I said today, if he's not, take my stuff out. If he doesn't deserve to be in there first ballot, no one does. Except for (Wayne) Gretzky, I guess.
— Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull on former teammate Mike Modano, whose No. 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars on Saturday