Citing the importance of having defenseman Justin Faulk
in his lineup for the foreseeable future, Carolina Hurricanes
general manager Jim Rutherford on Monday confirmed to the Raleigh News Observer that the rookie defenseman would not be made available to the U.S. National Junior Team for the upcoming 2012 World Junior Championship.
Faulk was one of eight returning players invited to U.S. selection camp that opened Saturday in Camrose, Alta. He helped the U.S. National Team win a bronze medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. Faulk had 1 goal, 4 points and a plus-2 rating at last year's event. This year's tournament will be held in Edmonton and Calgary beginning Dec. 26.
Faulk is second on team in ice time (21:50) through 18 games with Carolina this season. He also has 28 hits and 20 blocked shots, in addition to 4 points and a minus-9 rating.
Team USA coach Dean Blais has said his final 22-man roster would likely be named on Dec. 22. The camp will include exhibition games against Russia on Dec. 20 in Red Deer, Switzerland on Dec. 21 in Camrose, and Slovakia on Dec. 23 in Three Hills.