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USA Hockey trims 12 from camp roster

by Adam Kimelman /

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Tuesday began with 12 players being sent home from the National Junior Evaluation Camp as USA Hockey trimmed its camp roster from 43 to 31 players.

"As a staff, we have been happy with the players' intensity and compete level," Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general manager of the 2014 United States national junior team. "The players released today will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games this week give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."

Of the 31 players remaining, there are 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies. The only goalie released was Collin Olson, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect. In two games for USA White, Olson allowed three goals on 32 shots, but stopped all 15 shots he faced Monday in a 5-2 win against Finland.

Remaining in net are goalies Jon Gillies, Anthony Stolarz and Thatcher Demko.

Among the six defensemen trimmed from the roster was Anthony DeAngelo, a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. Last season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, DeAngelo was third among OHL blueliners with 58 points in 62 games. Also sent home were Gage Ausmus (San Jose Sharks), Dylan Blujus (Tampa Bay Lightning), Nick Ebert (Los Angeles Kings), Keaton Thompson (Anaheim Ducks) and Thomas Vannelli (St. Louis Blues).

The five forwards sent home were Justin Bailey (Buffalo Sabres), John Hayden (Chicago Blackhawks), Vincent Hinostroza (Chicago Blackhawks), Matthew Lane (2014 draft eligible), and Brady Vail (Montreal Canadiens).

Also officially cut was Winnipeg Jets draft pick James Lodge, who sustained an upper-body injury Saturday, the first day of practice.

The trimmed-down roster will have its first practice later Tuesday morning, and will play its first game Wednesday against Sweden.

Here's what the roster now looks like:

GOALIES: Thatcher Demko, Boston College, HE (2014 draft eligible); Jon Gillies, Providence, HE, (Calgary); Anthony Stolarz, London, OHL (Philadelphia)

DEFENSEMEN: Michael Brodzinski, Minnesota, BIG 10 (San Jose); Will Butcher, Denver, NCHC (Colorado); Connor Carrick, Plymouth, OHL (Washington); Connor Clifton, Quinnipiac, ECAC (Phoenix); Matthew Grzelcyk, Boston University, HE (Boston); Ian McCoshen, Boston College, HE (Florida); Brett Pesce, New Hampshire, HE (Carolina); Steven Santini, Boston College, HE (New Jersey); Patrick Sieloff, Windsor, OHL (Calgary); Brady Skjei, Minnesota, BIG 10 (N.Y. Rangers)

FORWARDS: Riley Barber, Miami, NCHC (Washington); Taylor Cammarata, Minnesota, BIG 10 (N.Y. Islanders); J.T. Compher, Michigan, BIG 10 (Buffalo); Andrew Copp, Michigan, BIG 10 (Winnipeg); Thomas Di Pauli, Notre Dame, HE (Washington); Adam Erne, Quebec, QMJHL (Tampa Bay); Hudson Fasching, Minnesota, BIG 10 (Los Angeles); Jake Guentzel, Nebraska-Omaha, NCHC (Pittsburgh); Nicolas Kerdiles, Wisconsin, BIG 10 (Anaheim); Stefan Matteau, Rimouski, QMJHL (New Jersey); Michael McCarron, London, OHL (Montreal); Tyler Motte, Michigan, BIG 10 (Chicago); Boo Nieves, Michigan, BIG 10 (N.Y. Rangers); Daniel O'Regan, Boston University, HE (San Jose); Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton, WHL (Phoenix); Quentin Shore, Denver, NCHC (Ottawa); Zach Stepan, Minnesota State, WCHA (Nashville); Dominic Toninato, Minnesota-Duluth, NCHC (Toronto)


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