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NTDP Tryout List

Credit to the Gopher Puck Blog for tracking down the list of invitees for the NTDP Tryout Camp.

Here is what the list looks like:

BLUE TEAM

Forwards
Sam Alfieri (Buffalo, NY - Shattuck St. Mary's U16)
Tyler Brickler (Riverwoods, Ill. - Chicago Mission U16)
Zach Budish (Edina, Minn. - Edina H.S.)
Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y. - Binghamton Jr. B Senators)
Ryan Daughtery (Allen, Texas - Dallas Alliance U16)
Michael Fink (Minnetonka, Minn. - Hopkins H.S.)
Tyler Maxwell (Redondo Beach, Calif. - LA Selects U16)
Nick Oliver (Roseau, Minn. - Roseau H.S.)
Tyler Pitlick (Centerville, Minn. Centennial H.S.)
Kenny Ryan (Franklin, Mich. - Honeybaked U16)
Zach Tatrn (Lower Burrell, Pa. - Pittsburgh Predators U16)
David Valek (unable to participate due to injury)
Steven Whitney (Reading, Mass. - Lawrence Academy)

Defense
Tyler Amburgey (Rowlett, Texas - Texas Attack U18)
Sam Calabrese (Park Ridge, Ill. - Team Illinois U18)
Richie Crowley (Canton, Mass. - Thayer Academy)
Cam Fowler (Northville, Mich. - Honeybaked U16)
Seth Helgeson (Faribault, Minn. - Fairabault H.S.)
Ben Hughes (Jacksonville, Fla. - Shattuck St. Mary's U16)
Paul Phillips (Darien, Ill. - Chicago Chill U18)
Brendan Rempel (Willington, Conn. - Pomfret School)
Philip Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz. - PF Chang's U16 (Ariz.)

Goalies
Hudson Stremmel (Reno, Nev. - California Northstars U18)
Clay Witt (Brandon, Fla. - Boston Jr. Bruins)
Jeff Teglia (Bloomingdale, Ill. - Chicago Mission U16)

RED TEAM

Forwards
Kevin Lynch (Grosse Point Woods, Mich. - Honeybaked U16)
Ryan Bourque (Topsfield, Mass. - Cushing Academy)
Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas - Honeybaked U16)
Dakota Eveland (Anaheim, Calif. - LA Selects U16)
John Henrion (Holden, Mass. - Boston Jr. Bruins)
Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y. - Syracuse Stars)
Cody Murphy (Highwood, Ill. - Team Illinois U18)
Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J. - NJ Devils U16)
Drew Shore (Cherry Hills Village, Co. - Honeybaked U16)
A.J. Treais (unable to participate due to injury)
Ryan Walters (Rosemount, Minn. - St. Thomas Academy)
Matt White (McMurray, Pa. - Pittsburgh Hornets U16)
Joe Zarbo (Grand Island, N.Y. - Rochester Americans)

Defense
Bjorn Krupp (Atlanta, Ga. - TPH Thunder)
Nick Mattson (Chanhassen, Minn. - Chaska H.S.)
John Ramage (Chesterfield, Mo. - St. Louis Amateur Blues U18)
Nate Schmidt (St. Cloud, Minn. - St. Cloud Cathedral)
Beau Schmitz (Howell, Mich. - Belle Tire U16)
David Shields (Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester Jr. B Americans)
Brad Walch (Saginaw, Mich. - Honeybaked U16)
William Wrenn (Anchorage, Alaska - LA Selects U16)

Goalies
Joe Cannata (Wakefield, Mass. - Boston College H.S.)
Brandon Maxwell (Winter Park, Fla. - Cambridge Hawks Minor)
C.J. Motte (St. Clair, Mich. - Honeybaked U16)

It should be noted that Mike Fink, Seth Helgeson, and David Warsofsky are 1990 birthdates that are trying out for a spot on the U18 team next season.

This is going to be a very tough team to pick, as the 1991 class looks like a very deep year for USA Hockey. The competition for spots on the blueline should be especially intense.

I think it is interesting that there aren't a ton of Minnesota kids on the list, and I'd guess that not that many will make the team. Zach Budish would probably be considered a lock, but I think he'll be returning to Edina HS next year. Nate Schmidt is probably also another lock, but again, there are way more quality defenseman than spots available. Meanwhile, it definitely looks like a great year for kids playing in Michigan and California.

It will definitely be interesting to see which direction USA Hockey chooses to go in. I think it has the potential to be a very exciting group of kids.