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Defenseman Santini released from U.S. Junior Team

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Defenseman Steven Santini was the final player released from the United States National Junior Team on Thursday.

Santini, a New Jersey Devils prospect in his second season at Boston College, has not played in a game since Oct. 25 when he sustained a wrist injury. He had a cast removed from the wrist Monday but did not play in any of the United States' three exhibition games.

"We wanted to see where Steve was after he had the cast removed and it's clear he needs more time before he's ready to play," U.S. general manager Jim Johannson said.

The U.S. roster consists of three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards.

U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM ROSTER

GOALIES: Thatcher Demko, Boston College, H-EAST (Vancouver Canucks); Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New York Rangers); Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes)

DEFENSEMEN: Will Butcher, University of Denver, NCHC (Colorado Avalanche); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Ryan Collins, University of Minnesota, BIG 10 (Columbus Blue Jackets); Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Noah Hanifin, Boston College, H-EAST (2015 draft eligible); Ian McCoshen, Boston College, H-EAST (Florida Panthers); Zach Werenski, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (2015 draft eligible)

FORWARDS: J.T. Compher, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Buffalo Sabres); Chase De Leo, Portland, WHL (Winnipeg Jets); Jack Eichel, Boston University, H-EAST (2015 draft eligible); Hudson Fasching, University of Minnesota, BIG 10 (Buffalo Sabres); John Hayden, Yale University, ECAC (Chicago Blackhawks); Dylan Larkin, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Detroit Red Wings); Anthony Louis, Miami University, NCHC (Chicago Blackhawks); Auston Matthews, USA U-18, USHL (2016 draft eligible); Sonny Milano, Plymouth, OHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Tyler Motte, University of Michigan, BIG 10 (Chicago Blackhawks); Nick Schmaltz, University of North Dakota, NCHC (Chicago Blackhawks); Alex Tuch, Boston College, H-EAST (Minnesota Wild); Miles Wood, Noble & Greenough School, HS-MA (New Jersey Devils)

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