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Wahlstrom among 10 cut by U.S. Junior Team

Roster trimmed to 34 at Summer Showcase development camp

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Forward Oliver Wahlstrom, a projected first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, was one of 10 players cut by the United States from the World Junior Summer Showcase development camp on Wednesday.

There are 34 players remaining at camp, which runs through Saturday: four goalies, 11 defensemen and 19 forwards. USA Hockey also sent home injured defensemen Chad Krys (Chicago Blackhawks) and Tyler Inamoto (Florida Panthers) for precautionary reasons.

The Summer Showcase is the first step in picking the United States roster for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo.

"As a staff, we have been very pleased with the level of intensity and competitiveness we've seen so far," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team and also assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "It's evident there is depth at every position and that is certainly a big positive as we continue the evaluation process the rest of this week and throughout the fall."


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Wahlstrom, a 6-foot-1, 194-pound right wing, played for USA Blue during three split-squad games. He had one assist, five shots on goal and four penalty minutes in the tournament. 

He was one of three 2018 draft-eligible players returned home, including defenseman Nathan Knoepke and forward Patrick Khodorenko.

Also sent home was defenseman Maxwell Gildon (Calgary Flames) and forwards Evan Barratt (Chicago Blackhawks), Ivan Lodnia (Minnesota Wild), Grant Mismash (Nashville Predators) and Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars).

Wahlstrom, 17, was the youngest player participating at the Summer Showcase this week.

He will play for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program under-18 team this season and is committed to Harvard University in 2018-19. Knoepke will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota in the fall, and Khodorenko will be a sophomore at Michigan State University.

USA Hockey decided to keep all four goaltenders: Joseph Woll (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jake Oettinger (Dallas Stars), Keith Petruzzelli (Detroit Red Wings) and Dylan St. Cyr (2018 draft eligible).

The U.S. has three games remaining at the Summer Showcase, starting with Sweden on Wednesday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN). It then faces Finland on Friday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN) and Canada on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN).



GOALIES: Jake Oettinger, Boston University, H-EAST (Dallas Stars); Keith Petruzzelli, Muskegon, USHL (Detroit Red Wings); Dylan St. Cyr, USA U-18, USHL (2018 draft eligible); Joseph Woll, Boston College, H-EAST (Toronto Maple Leafs)

DEFENSEMEN: Michael Anderson, Waterloo, USHL (Los Angeles Kings); Sean Day, Windsor, OHL (New York Rangers); Adam Fox, Harvard, ECAC (Calgary Flames); Quintin Hughes, Michigan, BIG10 (2018 draft eligible); Philip Kemp, USA U-18, USHL (Edmonton Oilers); Ryan Lindgren, Minnesota, BIG10 (Boston Bruins); Luke Martin, Michigan, BIG10 (Carolina Hurricanes); Andrew Peeke, Notre Dame, H-EAST (Columbus Blue Jackets); Dylan Samberg, Hermantown, HIGH-MN (Winnipeg Jets); James Greenway, Wisconsin, BIG10 (Toronto Maple Leafs); David Farrance, USA U-18, USHL (Nashville Predators) 

FORWARDS: Joseph Anderson, Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC (New Jersey Devils); Jack Badini, Chicago, USHL (Anaheim Ducks); Kieffer Bellows, Portland, WHL (New York Islanders); Logan Brown, Windsor, OHL (Ottawa Senators); Alexander Chmelevski, Ottawa, OHL (San Jose Sharks); Logan Cockerill, USA U-18 (New York Islanders); Sean Dhooghe, USA U-18, USHL (2018 draft eligible); Trent Frederic, Wisconsin, BIG10 (Boston Bruins); Maxwell Gerlach, Medicine Hat, WHL (2018 draft eligible); Timothy Gettinger, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New York Rangers); Patrick Harper, Boston University, H-EAST (Nashville Predators); Max Jones, London, OHL (Anaheim Ducks); William Lockwood, Michigan, BIG10 (Vancouver Canucks); Casey Mittelstadt, Eden Prairie, HIGH-MN (Buffalo Sabres); Joshua Norris, USA U-18, USHL (San Jose Sharks); Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State, NCHC (Montreal Canadiens); Brady Tkachuk, Boston University, H-EAST (2018 draft eligible); Riley Tufte, Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC (Dallas Stars); Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane, WHL (Edmonton Oilers)

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