Some late-breaking news tonight courtesy of NHL Network's Rob Simpson on Twitter.
A few days after submitting a roster with six defensemen prior to Team USA's opening game vs. Germany, head coach Phil Housley and the USA Hockey management staff have finally decided on their roster. Simpson has reported that Patrick Sieloff, a Windsor Spitfires blueliner and Calgary Flames draft pick (2012), will be added to the U.S. roster as the seventh defenseman and is expected to dress later today vs. Russia.
With every exciting outcome, there is disappointment...and thy name is Matt Grzelcyk right now. The Boston University product will be heading home tomorrow, per Simpson, and will rejoin the Terriers in time for a Jan. 4 game at home.
Sieloff fits into the U.S. defense as a physical defensive defenseman who is known to be a good skater. If the penalty kill were to struggle, his presence gives Housley another option to turn to -- especially if Team USA dresses seven defensemen (and Simpson hints that may be the case).
Here is the official group of defensemen for the U.S.: Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba, Mike Reilly, Jake McCabe, Shayne Gostisbehere, Patrick Sieloff, Connor Murphy.
Team USA and Russia are about eight hours from dropping the puck on a pivotal preliminary round game, so make sure to join me once again on Twitter (@RobMixer) and catch all of our World Junior coverage right here on BlueJackets.com.