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The U.S. has never gone back-to-back or won the WJC on home ice. That could all be about to change in Buf­falo

The Hockey News - - CONTENTS - BY RYAN KENNEDY

Athe Amer­i­cans have set the bar pretty high. Cen­ter Clay­ton

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There is a sense amongst Team USA that they’re

not as strong down the mid­dle as in pre­vi­ous years, and that could hurt them against top squads such as Canada or Swe­den. But Ryan Poehling (Mon­treal) is in the midst of a break­out sea­son with St. Cloud State, while Trent Fred­eric (Bos­ton) has been a solid two-way player for Wis­con­sin. In Brown, the team has a 6-foot-6 ti­tan who has been get­ting stronger since the Sen­a­tors drafted him 12th over­all in 2016. He al­ready has a Memo­rial Cup ti­tle to his name and has run roughshod in the OHL since re­turn­ing from nOottpawroab.lIefmhe­hep­rlea.ys like a No. 1 cen­ter, there will be

Over­all, Team USA has a wide va­ri­ety of skill sets su­ton­pipfroe­owrnKetr,ief­fro­fo­ermr­wBawred­lal­toJe­woreb­syu(gNAnePw­daterYriso­cokrnkHI(asNl­raep­n­we­dreJ(erNsr)sa.es­Eyh)xvpi­alel­necd)t saol­w­maeysgrfind­sersspo­tots­gfeotri­h­na­tordth­we­ormkiexr,stowoh,oas­catnheskUa.tSe. PaTnokdeahchk­liuin­lklg wap­neildnlaAalltnsi­d­oe­seg.resH­toaingl­hao-toetknh.deHWe20JpS1lSa8yaen­pdrows­na­pase­celitfn­feBcwr­tai­ivdtehy. TsohmDe DE­FENSE oeHnpa’tro­vs­bate-rt­do­susuornppehryios­maec­docroieflahA­dade­sasam­fohroF­chok­ixsey(wCboar­lagkianirnybB)eu­feiftaftarinlnogs. of some­one who plays at an Ivy League school, and he uses it to put a lot of points on the board. Fox was the top scorer at the WJSS in Michi­gan, and he’ll chal­lenge Swedish prodigy Ras­mus Dahlin in the blue­line scor­ing depart­ment at the world ju­niors. With Fox quar­ter­back­ing the power play, the Amer­i­cans are in good hands. But he’s not the only skilled mem­ber on the back end. David Far­rance (Nashville) showed in­cred­i­ble moves with the puck in the sum­mer, while Quinn Hughes (2018 draft) will get a shot at the ros­t­n­earm, ti­o­cop. uTchke­hUanid­vlers. ity of Michi­gan fresh­man is a dyt­n­earm, Tso­hd­fe­o­lawUsnt,iyvi­eteacr­ras’in­stayl­wWoafy­hM­seint­nuTn­reenast­mo­taRUysSaoAnpn­hLeoien­m­dos­grtre­oenisse(atBt­lovesethoenirna)gn. tfien­aaml.,Nthoonuegth­ealestso, mheach­has­bubgeefno­raceldeahdiemr oton­minit­ses­rtnhaeitssiozaneg,aDol oys­dqlauon­apSd­tai­somfno­brae­nardgwc(hWoim­lienen­siow­p­weit.ghI)ftothfheMe­biAen­n­m­neef­s­ri­to­icotafn-pDs­laun­yleuinet­dhg mal­on­bgilsi­tidy,eTFeoaxmdUuSriAngwtih­llecMomice­hi­w­gaenll pser­rei­peasr. eInd.an era of ty­heeaTrhg, GOALTENDING ioPs­ladirs-sm­wone­hd­searce­largth­raimendges,ths­g­teotmnini­anti­grl,ig­tahunei­d­nCghafenowrad­tahisaen­sUtse.Sliln.aLr­tahis­net sJTahhkoeoytOoweuetttr.ienTghteartmw(Dmoaalhltaeesisr)wap­int­pdhartJo­hes­neetUpsh.tSo.WNthoaeltl­ito(hnTroaol­rnoTene­taaorm)e. ldNDaoeCswvtAenAsleop­taphrsmeoog­nes­rt­narbte­muePtst:rhaoO­tagevBrteatoimns­btg,eoeen­trn­haCet­son­tBl­r­loe­upgs­gate­gro.lt­nieBndUogtnhf­tio­hv­prieslraasyiret­cy­dah,rWrwi(voeaal­sll havWe­htih­leirOte­tat­minsg,eu­rn­hc­ah­sar­tahcetes­r­ti­satiuc­sal­loyf).be­ing a firstr­moourned­ceor,nd­soisnt’et­nc­coyun­tot ohuist Wgaom­lleinthtih­sis­er­ac­seo,na.sWhoel’lsahlasdo saw two games of ac­tion last year as Par­sons’ backhmuipse,nf­seto.etWhaeit­thQauKsien­aintl­hiepgiPauectp,rtuhozen­zecOollemitt(piDneegtitetr­riointn)wt­shit­lailltlid­k­fieen­pldyairnbt­geeroas­btoeur tssp­toa­trst.sIfto’sr eOveet­ntinc­goen­rceain­vd­abWle­oltl­hte­hyan­wfoor­rkaac­sm­tuoarl keas­es­te­taprbaali­ign­shetey-suephoinpm­liasetCol­fooal­ng­sait­ntheeB’sug­Co­fof-al­tl­toognu­unPyto.iiOl­nontne(eDwanilel­datmsc)ai.rnHdeet’osr Agrdeaytss­wiz­ei­thant­d­heaCc­ahral­met­poinoand­suhailpC­paendaid­gi­raenec­fir­toiz­men­hi­wsiJtrh. gsPte­la­tr­catefso(hOron­th­tae.)tRmCaaaind­kaein­drgsi­aatnhnsed. UPh.oaSid.ntsteoaw­mae.swooffnt­do­erain­m­goifnhsete’dr

IT’S THE SAME TYPE OF TEAM AS LAST YEAR. A LOT OF SKILL UP FRONT AND A DE­FENSE THAT CAN SKATE AND TRAN­SI­TION THE PUCK – Scout

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