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USA Hockey adds three to junior camp roster

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 12:05 PM / News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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USA Hockey adds three to junior camp roster
Goaltender Evan Cowley and forwards Ryan Hitchcock and Austin Poganski have been added to the roster that will take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp next week in Lake Placid, N.Y., USA Hockey announced Tuesday.
Goaltender Evan Cowley and forwards Ryan Hitchcock and Austin Poganski have been added to the roster that will take part in the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp next week in Lake Placid, N.Y., USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

They will replace goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and forwards Adam Erne and Cole Cassels.

The camp will run Aug. 2-9, and serves as one of the first steps for the United States in building the team that will compete at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal. Rockford IceHogs assistant coach Mark Osiecki will coach the team.

Cowley, a 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 92) of the Florida Panthers, played in five games as a freshman at Denver University last season, going 1-2-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .949 save percentage.

Hitchcock had 12 goals and 49 points in 53 games with the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team last season, and had two goals and two assists in seven games for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He will play at Yale University in the fall, and is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Poganski, a 2014 fourth-round pick (No. 110) of the St. Louis Blues, had 19 goals and 31 points in 55 games with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League last season; he is committed to the University of North Dakota for the fall.

Erne, a 2013 second-round pick (No. 33) of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was one of seven players from the U.S. team that finished fifth at the 2014 World Junior Championship that had been scheduled to attend the camp, but he is out after sustaining a wrist injury.

Nedeljkovic, a 2014 second-round pick (No. 37) of the Carolina Hurricanes, is out with a broken thumb. Cassels, a 2013 third-round pick (No. 85) of the Vancouver Canucks, will miss the camp due to illness.

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USA HOCKEY NATIONAL JUNIOR EVALUATION CAMP ROSTER

GOALTENDERS: Brendan Burke, Portland, WHL (Phoenix Coyotes); ^Evan Cowley, Denver, NCHC (Florida Panthers); Thatcher Demko, Boston College, H-EAST (Vancouver Canucks); Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New York Rangers); *Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes).

DEFENSEMEN: Louis Belpedio, USNTDP, USHL (Minnesota Wild); Mike Brodzinski, Minnesota, Big Ten (San Jose Sharks); Will Butcher, Denver, NCHC (Colorado Avalanche); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Connor Clifton, Quinnipiac, ECAC (Phoenix Coyotes); Ryan Collins, USNTDP, USHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Jack Dougherty, USNTDP, USHL (Nashville Predators); Michael Downing, Michigan, BIG TEN (Florida Panthers); Anthony Florentino, Providence, H-EAST (Buffalo Sabres); Clint Lewis, Cornell, ECAC (2015 draft eligible); Ian McCoshen, Boston College, H-EAST (Florida Panthers); Steven Santini, Boston College, H-EAST (New Jersey Devils); Scott Savage, Boston College, H-EAST (2015 draft eligible); Thomas Vannelli, Medicine Hat, WHL (St. Louis Blues).

FORWARDS: Anders Bjork, USNTDP, USHL (Boston Bruins); Taylor Cammarata, Minnesota, BIG TEN (N.Y. Islanders); *Cole Cassels, Oshawa, OHL, (Vancouver Canucks); J.T. Compher, Michigan, BIG TEN (Buffalo Sabres); Kyle Connor, Youngstown, USHL (2015 draft eligible); Chase DeLeo, Portland, WHL (Winnipeg Jets); Jack Eichel, USNTDP, USHL (2015 draft eligible); *Adam Erne, Quebec, QMJHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Hudson Fasching, Minnesota, BIG TEN (Buffalo Sabres); John Hayden, Yale, ECAC, (Chicago Blackhawks); ^Ryan Hitchcock, Yale, ECAC (2015 draft eligible); Connor Hurley, Green Bay, USHL (Buffalo Sabres); Keegan Iverson, Portland, WHL (New York Rangers); Dylan Larkin, USNTDP, USHL (Detroit Red Wings); Vinni Lettieri, Minnesota, BIG TEN (2014 draft eligible); Anthony Louis, Miami, ECAC (Chicago Blackhawks); Ryan MacInnis, Kitchener, OHL (Phoenix Coyotes); Sean Malone, Harvard, ECAC (Buffalo Sabres); Auston Matthews, USNTDP, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Michael McCarron, London, OHL (Montreal Canadiens); Sonny Milano, USNTDP, USHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Tyler Motte, Michigan, BIG TEN (Chicago Blackhawks); ^Austin Poganski, Tri-City, USHL (St. Louis Blues); Nick Schmaltz, Green Bay, USHL (Chicago Blackhawks); Alex Tuch, USNTDP, USHL (Minnesota Wild); Dominic Turgeon, Portland, WHL (Detroit Red Wings).

*- injured and unable to compete

^- injury replacement

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