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USHL Preview: Team USA

09/07/2016, 5:15pm CDT
By USHL

NTDP looks to restock its talent pipeline this season after another successful season last year.

 

Team: Team USA

2015-16 Record: 22-31-7

Top Forward: Clayton Keller (37 points, 13 goals)

Top Defenseman: Adam Fox (22 points, 5 goals)

Top Goaltender: Jake Oettinger (11-3-0, 2.24 GAA, .919 SV%)

Power Play: 17.0% (10th in USHL)

Penalty Kill: 80.8% (12th in USHL)

 

Team USA had quite the exciting offseason, as 12 players who dressed for the club throughout the year were later selected at the 2016 NHL Draft including two first round picks in Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows. Those players, along with the rest of the U18 team, will give way to last season’s U17 team, who look to collectively take a step forward in their second year with the NTDP. 13 of those players were named to the NHL Central Scouting Futures List, including Scott ReedyEvan BarrattRandy Hernandez, Michael Pastujov  - whose brother Nick was selected in the 7th round by the New York Islanders at the 2016 NHL Draft after playing for Team USA last season - and netminder Adam Scheel. The squad will be led by head coach John Wroblewski who took the job after spending the 2015-16 season as the head coach of the Youngstown Phantoms.

 

As for the newcomers to the NTDP and the U17 team, they will look to find success in their first season in the USHL under seventh year head coach Danton Cole. It is a roster than features 17 college hockey commitments, six of which are either Boston College or Boston University. Blade Jenkins, Erik Middendorf and Jack DeBoer are among the new forwards in Plymouth. Bode Wilde and Spencer Stastney are former Chicago Mission teammates looking to make an instant impact on defense, while Keegan Karki and Ryan Ullan will share time between the pipes as rookies for the U17 squad.

 

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17.  30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts,  and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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