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Team: Team USA
Head Coaches: U17 – John Wroblewski (2nd season), U18 – Seth Appert (1st season)
2016-17 Record: 23-34-1-2 (49 PTS, 8th in Eastern Conference)
"The U17s are a promising squad, one the NTDP is very optimistic about. From the goaltenders out, we have a team of intelligent and dynamic competitors. The U17s main goal is to push the limits of player development. We're also excited to see where we stack up against the rest of the league and will strive to be one of the six teams that make the playoffs.” – John Wroblewski
"We are excited for the upcoming season. After recruiting the USHL for 20 years I'm looking forward to coaching in a league of this caliber. Playing in a league with so many elite players and coaches will help prepare our young men for international challenges that lay ahead.” -Seth Appert
It was another successful season for Team USA, as nine players who played for the U18 team last season were selected at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. Josh Norris was the most notable of those picks, as he was chosen in the first round, 19th overall by the San Jose Sharks. David Farrance, Phil Kemp, Max Gildon, Tyler Inamoto, Evan Barratt, Grant Mismash, Logan Cockerill and Scott Reedy were the other NTDP players selected by NHL clubs.
Those players, along with the rest of last season’s U18 team, will give way to the 2016-17 U17 team, who has a few top prospects of their own. Joel Farabee, who played up with the U18s at times last season, led all U17 players in USHL scoring last season with 23 points (12G, 11A) in 30 games. The Boston University commit is considered a first-round NHL talent and will look to up his game even more this year.
In goal, the U18 team features a pair of players with USHL experience in Drew DeRidder and Jonathan Mor. DeRidder spent last season between the pipes with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, while Mor played in a pair of games for Team USA in 2016-17. They also have a new head coach in former RPI bench boss Seth Appert, as Danton Cole was named the head coach at Michigan State, his alma mater, in the offseason.
The U17 team is comprised of 23 new players this season, 18 of whom have committed to playing college hockey. Michael Gildon, Jack Hughes and Alex Turcotte are among the new U17 forward group, former Shattuck-St. Mary’s defensemen Cam York and Drew Helleson are among the new blueliners in Plymouth, and Cameron Rowe and Spencer Knight are the two new goaltenders who will be between the pipes for the NTDP this season.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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.