Riley Barber Named American World Junior Captain; Two Players Cut

Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber has been named Team USA’s captain for the World Junior Championship. Matt Grzelcyk and Andrew Copp have been named the alternates.

Barber, a sophomore at the U20 stage, had three goals and three assists to help lead the Americans to the gold medal. He was also a member of the Under-18 World Championships that won the gold back in 2011-2012. Barber, who was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round (167th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, currently has 28 points in 18 NCAA contests with Miami University.

Team USA announced two of the final three cuts on Sunday as well, releasing forward Henrik Samuelsson and defenseman Brett Pesce. Samuelsson getting left off the final roster comes as a bit of surprise, as the scoring centreman came in as a potential favorite to make the team. Pesce, on the other hand, wasn’t expected to be part of the core of group of defenseman, and after sitting out today’s game against Finland, it was clear he wasn’t going to be named to the final roster. The team still needs to make one more cut before the official roster is submitted on Christmas Day.

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