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U.S. players try to make impression prior to roster trim

by Adam Kimelman

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Monday marks the final chance for some of the 42 United States players in camp to make an impression on the USA Hockey coaching and management staff. After split-squad games against Sweden and Finland, the roster will be trimmed. How many players are sent home has yet to be determined.

"We've discussed it," United States coach Mark Osiecki told before camp started. "There are going to be some trim-down dates. We're not firm on specific dates or specific numbers. It's an open door; see how it goes and we'll discuss it once we get into the camp."

The USA Blue team will play Sweden at 1 p.m., followed by USA White taking on Finland at 4 p.m. In games Sunday, USA Blue beat Finland 2-1 and USA White lost to Sweden 4-3.

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Jack Eichel will center the top line for USA Blue, flanked by Anders Bjork (Boston Bruins) and Tyler Motte (Chicago Blackhawks). Brandon Burke (Arizona Coyotes) will start in goal and play the first half of the game; Brandon Halverson (New York Rangers) will play the second half.

Auston Matthews, at 16 the youngest player in the camp, will be someone to watch for USA White. He'll center a line with 2015 draft prospect Ryan Hitchcock and Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Blackhawks). Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks) will play the first half in goal, and Evan Cowley (Florida Panthers) the second half.

Here are the full lineups for each U.S. team:


Anders Bjork - Jack Eichel - Tyler Motte

Sean Malone - Chase De Leo - Alex Tuch

Taylor Cammarata - Dylan Larkin - John Hayden

Vinni Lettieri - Connor Hurley - Austin Poganski

Ian McCoshen - Thomas Vannelli

Michael Downing - Steven Santini

Louis Belpedio - Anthony Florentino

Brandon Carlo

Brendan Burke

Brandon Halverson


Anthony Louis - J.T. Compher - Michael McCarron

Sonny Milano - Ryan MacInnis - Hudson Fasching

Ryan Hitchcock - Auston Matthews - Nick Schmaltz

Kyle Connor - Dominic Turgeon - Keegan Iverson

Will Butcher - Connor Clifton

Clint Lewis - Jack Dougherty

Scott Savage - Michael Brodzinski

Ryan Collins

Thatcher Demko

Evan Cowley


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