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USA Hockey Announces World Junior Evaluation Camp Roster

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USA Hockey announced today the 39 players that will skate at the their World Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, New York the first week of August. The camp, which features both practices and exhibition scrimmages against Finland and Sweden, is a way for USA Hockey to see some of the top players available for next winter's 2016 World Junior Tournament held in Finland.

The full roster for the camp can be found here.

Any player born in the year 1996 or later is eligible for the tournament.  The wide net cast by this camp means that there aren't too many surprising omissions. One missing name is returning goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, who will miss the camp due to injury, but is likely to be selected. A player not attending, or not being invited to the camp does not preclude them from making the final US World Juniors team--Noah Hanifin was not invited to this camp last year, but ended up on the final team.

Overall, the list looks fairly similar to our 2016 US World Juniors roster prediction that we made last January. It should be a strong team for the United States, but much will hinge on the availability of some key players who might be in the NHL next December like Jack Eichel, Dylan Larkin, and Noah Hanifin.