"I think as we finish this tournament and look at it, it comes down to the fact the performance wasn't what all of us expected. Do we have to look at some of the makeup of the team? Certainly. But it comes down to performance on the ice and we didn't get that performance." -- Jim Johannson
-- Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, pointed to one area of concern when assessing Team USA's disappointing finish in pool play at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
"Player performance," Johannson told NHL.com.
The U.S. National Junior Team entered the WJC with its usual high expectations, and instead failed to advance into the medal round of the tournament for the first time in 13 years. Three successive losses in preliminary-round action forced the United States into the relegation round for only the second time in its history. The only thing at stake now is pride along with, at best, a possible seventh-place finish.