New York Rangers prospects JT Miller, Brady Skjei and Steven Fogarty have been selected for Team USA’s final 34-man roster for its 2012 National Junior Evaluation Camp. They will now take part in a series of international games this week against Sweden and Finland in Lake Placid, to compete for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Miller is one of three remaining players who represented the U.S. at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. He registered two goals and four points in six games for Team USA at the elite tournament. Skjei and Fogarty are both looking to compete in their first World Junior Championship.
Miller, the Rangers first round choice (15th overall) in 2011, registered 25 goals and 37 assists for 62 points, along with 61 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season. He ranked fifth on the team in goals, fourth in assists and tied for fourth in points. Miller also skated in eight playoff contests with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying one assist and two penalty minutes. Miller made his professional debut on April 21 at Bridgeport, and recorded his first professional point with an assist on May 2 at Norfolk.
Skjei, the Rangers first round choice (28th overall) in 2012, registered four goals and 19 assists for 23 points, along with 36 penalty minutes in 60 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) last season. He established USHL career-highs in games played, assists, points, and penalty minutes. Skjei tied for seventh on the team in assists, tied for third among team defensemen in points and ranked fourth among U.S. defensemen in assists. He helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the Under-18 World Championship, recording one assist, 10 shots on goal and led all tournament skaters with a plus-10 rating in six contests.
Fogarty, the Rangers third round choice (72nd overall) in 2011, registered 33 goals and 49 assists for 82 points, along with 32 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) last season. He ranked fourth on the team in goals, sixth in assists and sixth in points. He was instrumental in the Vees’ record-setting 42-game winning streak, leading the league with 10 game-winning goals. Fogarty helped Penticton capture the 2012 Royal Bank Cup as the Canadian Junior A champion, registering three points (one goal, two assists) in six tournament contests. He also recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in 15 BCHL playoff games, and five points (two goals, three assists) in five Doyle Cup games.
Skjei has commited to the University of Minnesota for the upcoming season, while Fogarty will play for the University of Notre Dame.