The camp which takes place from December 14–16 at Plymouth Michigan’s USA Hockey Arena, will determine the 25-player roster for the World Junior Championship which takes place in Gothenburg Sweden, from December 26–January 5.
The 48th IIHF World Junior Championship will take place in 2024 at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (WJHC). The gold medal World Juniors game is scheduled to take place on January 5, 2024, marking the conclusion of the event on December 26, 2023.
The top two forward prospects, Cutter Gauthier of the Philadelphia Flyers and Jimmy Snuggerud of the St. Louis Blues, were invited to USA Hockey final evaluation camp in preparation for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship.
IIFH World Juniors USA Hockey game
Camp begins on December 14 and they should reveal their final 23-man roster by December 17. In that window they will have to cut six players from their initial roster. After they’re all set to take off to compete for international gold by flying from Plymouth Michigan, across the Atlantic.
The Americans will enter this game carrying a good bit of baggage after they finally emerged from the playoffs last year with bronze. Let’s examine the initial roster of players entrusted with exacting revenge in this year’s tournament:
GOALIES: Samuel Hillebrandt, Barrie, OHL (2024 draught eligible); Jacob Fowler, Boston College, NCAA (Montreal Canadiens); and Trey Augustine, Michigan State, NCAA (Detroit Red Wings).
Initially, it should be noted that this group is one of the smaller and more proficient ones that USA Hockey. recently Although they have role players their lineup doesn’t seem to have been compromised in terms of scoring power. And they would virtually all be in the top six, if not on the top lines of most other countries.
In a similar vein this American group is the early favourite to be the fastest team put together during the competition. This team has speed to burn though there are an occasional player who may be classified as below-average to average skaters. And that might significantly alter the situation for the Americans on a larger ice surface.
James Hagens, a candidate for the first overall pick in the 2025 NHL Draught, must be your first choice. He is one of the most gifted players on this team even at the age of 17. He is a dynamic Playmaking Centre with all the tools needed to one day light the NHL on fire.
USA’s preliminary camp roster
The Americans, Like many other nations can occasionally be a little hesitant to include draft-minus-one skaters especially those who are smaller on their World Juniors roster. Whether or not that should come as a surprise is another story. They’ll be better off for their staff’s lack of hesitation in working with Hagens. Well done.
Conversely, I doubt many people predicted Patrick Geary to make it to the roster of the selection camp. It seems like there’s always space for one unexpected college player to go undrafted, and this year is his chance.
Gauthier Brindley and Snuggerud lead an outstanding group of forwards on the preliminary American World Juniors roster.
This season at Boston College Smith Perreault and Leonard have been amazing to watch. When they don the Stars and Stripes once more, they’ll try to build on their rapport in Sweden.
On the back end there are also some entertaining players, with Lane Hutson serving as the clear star. Aside from Seamus Casey, expect draft-eligible Zeev Buium to bring his excellent collegiate play into the tournament.