USA Hockey trimmed the roster of its national junior evaluation camp from 42 players to 29 heading into the first of four games against Russia, starting Tuesday night.
After three days of practices and intrasquad scrimmages in Lake Placid, N.Y., the decision was made to keep 15 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goalies.
"We kept five defensive pairs and five forward lines, and all of them will have a chance to show what they can do against Russia," said Dean Blais, who will coach the U.S. team at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan. "Even after this camp ends, we will continue to evaluate all of these players, including those who are heading home now."
Three players from the 2009 U.S. WJC team that finished fifth in Ottawa are among the 29 staying.
, a first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks
in June's Entry Draft, led all players in scoring during the three scrimmages with 8 points.
, who tied for the team lead with 4 goals, also remains in Lake Placid, as does Tyler Johnson, who had 1 assist in the three games.
Two players eligible for the 2010 Entry Draft will be part of the exhibition games against Russia. Defenseman Cam Fowler
, who had 2 assists and four penalty minutes in the three scrimmages, will continue at the camp, as will goaltender Jack Campbell
. A third draft-eligible player, Andrew Yogan
, was among those sent home.
Fowler and Campbell are two of the six players who won gold at April's World Under-18 Championship still at the camp -- forwards Ryan Bourque
, Jerry D'Amigo
, Jeremy Morin
and Kenny Ryan
The U.S. team and Russia will play four times in the next five nights -- Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
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