@thenyrblog Too old for WJC.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) June 6, 2013
USA Hockey announced the 40 players invited to the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp which will take place from Aug. 3-10, in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Two Rangers prospects defenseman Brady Skjei (2012 - 1st) and forward Boo Nieves (2012 - 2nd) were among those invited.
The players will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
Skjei was one of the last players cut on last year's team which won the gold medal in Ufa, Russia.
Skjei had 1g, 2a in 36 games his freshman year with the University of Minnesota, while Nieves, who as a freshman at Michigan was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team, had 8g, 21a.
...Skjei was a lock to be invited back to camp after being the last defenseman cut last season. He had an uneven first season with the Gophers, but he received significant playing time for one of the top teams in the country which can only help him going forward. Unless he has a terrible camp, Skjei should be on the final roster.
...Nieves had a breakout freshman year and will likely make a strong case to be included on the final roster as well. Really looking forward to how he performs.
...one Rangers prospect I'm shocked to see not included on the roster is Steven Fogarty, who was not only invited last season, but had a very solid freshman season at Notre Dame as he finished with 5g, 5a in 41 games. Very puzzling. I assumed Team USA would want a player who can do this...
wow, looking at the cap next year a lot of guys are going to be looking for a raise probably, or at least stay the same... Callahan, Brassard, Kreider, Boyle, Girardi, DZ, Stralman, Moore, Hank, then the next year Staal
Cannot wait to see Nieves on TV, that guy looks filthy from some of his highlights... and he had an amazing freshman year!!! Excited to see that kid in a blueshirt soon
My bad on Fogarty snub. Didn't realize he was 20 which makes him ineligible for National Junior team.
Really?!?!?! I've been saying this for MONTHS. This is why there is a finite window to win the cup with this group of personnel.
@The New York Rangers Blog I think a 20 year old can play if they have a late birthday and turn 20 right before or during the event