The Americans are always one of the most fun teams to follow when it comes to the World Juniors, with many of their stars coming through their famous development team program. This year’s no exception, with many big time stars, including QMJHL scoring dynamo Conor Garland, getting left off the team in favour of size and other role players. With a team this strong, can you really expect them to miss the medal round after a disappointing result a year ago?

NamePositionTeamNHL Rights
Brandon HalversonGoalieSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)NYR ('14, 2nd rd., 59th ovr.)
Alex NedeljkovicGoalieFlint Firebirds (OHL)CAR ('14, 2nd rd., 37th ovr.)
Louie BelpedioDefenseMiami University (NCHC)MIN ('14, 3rd rd., 80th ovr.)
Will BorgenDefenseSt. Cloud State University (NCHC)BUF ('15, 4th rd., 92nd ovr.)
Brandon CarloDefenseTi-City Americans (WHL)BOS ('15, 2nd rd., 37th ovr.)
Brandon FortunatoDefenseBoston University (HEA)Free Agent
Chad KrysDefenseU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)2016 Draft Eligible
Charlie McAvoyDefenseBoston University (HEA)2016 Draft Eligible
Zach WerenskiDefenseUniversity of Michigan (Big Ten)CBJ ('15, 1st rd., 8th ovr.)
Anders BjorkForwardUniversity of Notre Dame (HEA)BOS ('14, 5th rd., 146th ovr.)
Brock BoeserForwardUniversity of North Dakota (NCHC)VAN ('15, 1st rd., 23rd ovr.)
Alex DeBrincatForwardErie Otters (OHL)2016 Draft Eligible
Ryan DonatoForwardHarvard University (ECAC Hockey)BOS ('14, 2nd rd., 56th ovr.)
Christian DvorakForwardLondon Knights (OHL)ARZ ('14, 2nd rd., 58th ovr.)
Scott EansorForwardSeattle Thunderbirds (WHL)Free Agent
Ryan HitchcockForwardYale University (ECAC Hockey)Free Agent
Auston MatthewsForwardZSC Lions (National A-Swiss)2016 Draft Eligible
Ryan MacInnisForwardKitchener Rangers (OHL)ARZ ('14, 2nd rd., 43rd ovr.)
Sonny MilanoForwardLake Erie Monsters (AHL)CBJ ('14, 1st rd., 16th ovr.)
Nick SchmaltzForwardUniversity of North Dakota (NCHC)CHI ('14, 1st rd., 20th ovr.)
Matthew TkachukForwardLondon Knights (OHL)2016 Draft Eligible
Colin WhiteForwardBoston College (HEA)OTT ('15, 1st rd., 21st ovr.)

About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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