After a pair of exhibition wins against Russia and the Czech Republic, Team USA announced all six of their final cuts, and thus, their final roster for the upcoming World Juniors tournament on Sunday morning, ahead of the midnight Christmas Day deadline.
Here is the roster:
The six players released were: defenseman Ty Emberson, Michael Callahan, and Joey Keane, as well as forwards Sammy Walker, Cole Coskey, and Sean Dhooghe.
None of the cuts are major surprises. As I mentioned when the preliminary roster was released, it was a pretty tight group, which not much separating the bottom pieces of the roster.
The US heads into the tournament with a pretty strong final group. As I predicted when the preliminary roster was released, Oliver Wahlstrom seems to have regained his scoring touch in the more wide open international play, scoring four goals in the two exhibition games. The US also got strong performances from the Hughes brothers in exhibition play, something they will need to continue once the tournament begins.
The defense remains a bit thin, but should be very strong in their top-4 with Hughes, Anderson, Samberg, and Miller, which is hopefully enough to carry them when it matters most.