Weiss: Final USA Hockey Preliminary Roster Prediction

For 27 players the next step in the journey to represent the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship will come in making USA Hockey’s preliminary roster. That roster, which has been debated for months, will be announced via teleconference tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET.
This year is different from past preliminary roster announcements in that the roster size has been trimmed by two forwards spots from 17 to 15. The 27 players will ascend on New York 12 days after tomorrow’s roster announcement for a three day camp. From there the team will head to Finland for exhibitions and the preliminary roster will be whittled down to a final roster of 23 players.
When I did my roster projection a month ago, which can be seen here,  there were 35-40 players who one could have made a case for them to make the preliminary roster. I believe the picture has gotten much clearer—clear enough for me to argue there are 13 locks to make at least the preliminary roster tomorrow. My locks are in bold and my entire roster is below.

Forwards (15)
C. Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting, OHL)
C. Vince Trocheck (Saginaw Spirit, OHL)

C. Travis Boyd (University of Minnesota, NCAA)
C. Henrik Samuelsson (Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL)
C. Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers, OHL)
C/LW. Rocco Grimaldi (North Dakota, NCAA)
C/LW. Nic Kerdiles (Wisconsin, NCAA)
LW. Mario Lucia (Notre Dame, NCAA)
LW. Reid Boucher (Sarnia Sting, OHL)
LW. Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College, NCAA)
LW. Jimmy Vesey (Harvard University, NCAA)
RW. J.T. Miller (Connecticut Whale, AHL)
RW. Riley Barber (Miami University, NCAA)
RW. Stefan Noesen (Plymouth Whalers, OHL)
RW. Tyler Biggs (Oshawa Generals, OHL)

Receiving Consideration: C. Brady Vail (Windsor Spitfires, OHL), RW. Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL), and C. Sean Kuraly (Miami University, NCAA)

Defense (9)

Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)
Jacob Trouba (University of Michigan, NCAA)
Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA)

Jake McCabe (University of Wisconsin, NCAA)
Pat Sieloff (Windsor Spitfires, OHL)
Connor Murphy (Sarnia Sting, OHL)
Mike Reilly (University of Minnesota, NCAA)
Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University, NCAA)
Robbie Russo (University of Notre Dame, NCAA)

Receiving Consideration: Connor Carrick (Plymouth Whalers, OHL) and Brady Skjei (University of Minnesota, NCAA)

Goaltenders (3)

John Gibson (Kitchener Rangers, OHL)
Jon Gillies (Providence College, NCAA)
Garret Sparks (Guelph Storm, OHL)

Agree or disagree with my projections? Let me know about it on Twitter @WeissFC. I will also be live tweeting during tomorrow’s teleconference from the account.

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