Two players ranked in the top 30 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking will play for the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
The tournament will be held April 13-23 in Slovakia. The U.S. has won a medal the past 13 years, including bronze at the 2016 tournament in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Ryan Poehling, No. 14 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2017 NHL Draft, is the only one of the 22 players on the roster who doesn't play with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. A freshman center (6-foot-2, 183 pounds) at St. Cloud State University, he had 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 35 games. He didn't turn 18 until Jan. 3; he graduated high school early to enter school with his older twin brothers as teammates.
"I think he has great range," David Gregory of Central Scouting said. "He's got a nice long, strong stride. Uses good puck protection, long reach. He can be effective in traffic, out of traffic. I like his vision and where he creates. .. You can see growth. When he plays with better people he gets better. Really nice upside with this player."
Left wing Grant Mismash (6-0, 186), No. 30 on Central Scouting's ranking, is tied for the NTDP Under-18 team lead with 23 goals, and is second with 50 points in 56 games.
Also named to the team were four players eligible for the 2018 draft: forwards Joel Farabee, Brady Tkachuk and Oliver Wahlstrom, and defenseman Quinn Hughes.
Tkachuk, the younger brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and the son of former NHL star Keith Tkachuk, is third on the NTDP U-18 team with 22 goals and fifth with 45 points.
United States World U-18 Championship Roster
GOALTENDERS: Adam Scheel, Dylan St. Cyr
DEFENSEMEN: David Farrance, Maxwell Gildon, Quinn Hughes*, Tyler Inamoto, Philip Kemp, Nathan Knoepke, Thomas Miller
FORWARDS: Evan Barratt, Logan Cockerill, Sean Dhooghe, Joel Farabee*, Grant Mismash, Joshua Norris, Michael Pastujov, Ryan Poehling*, Scott Reedy, Graham Slaggert, Brady Tkachuk, Jacob Tortora, Oliver Wahlstrom*
* - 2018 draft eligible