The 2023 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will get underway in exactly three weeks from Halifax and Moncton. On Monday, USA Hockey announced their preliminary roster for the tournament.
Among the notable names that are NOT
on the roster are Sarnia Sting forward Sasha Pastujov
and Ty Voit
. Pastujov is a top-five scorer in the Ontario Hockey League this season, while Voit, a Maple Leafs prospect, is having a strong campaign, recording 48 points in 27 games, so far.
Let's take a look at the United States' preliminary roster. By the end of training camp, USA Hockey will need to cut nine players, likely five forwards, three defencemen and a goalie.Goalies (4)
Andrew OkeDefencemen (10)Sean Behrens
Shai BuiumSeamus CaseyRyan Chesley
Aidan HreshukLuke HughesLane Hutson
Luke MittelstadtJack PeartRyan UfkoForwards (18)Jackson Blake
Gavin BrindleyTyler BoucherKenny ConnorsLogan CooleyJack DevineDylan DukeCutter GauthierNoah Laba
Ryan LeonardSam LipkinChaz Lucius
Cam LundRutger McGroartyRed Savage
Will SmithJimmy Snuggerud
The United States will hold their training camp in Plymouth (Michigan) before heading north to New Brunswick to play a pair of pre-tournament games on December 19th (vs Finland) and December 21st (vs Sweden). They'll then open their tournament on Boxing Day against Latvia.Source: USA Hockey