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World Juniors: Team USA cuts Skjei and Matteau, name McCabe captain

Dec 23, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

Jake McCabe Getty Images

Team USA’s roster for the World Junior Championships is nearly set.

Early this morning, the team announced they cut defenseman Brady Skjei (2012 Rangers first-round pick) and forward Stefan Matteau (2012 Devils first-round pick) to get the roster down to 24 players. They’re awaiting medical news to figure out which defenseman will be the final player cut before the tournament starts on December 26.

Reportedly, it’s Coyotes 2011 first-round pick Connor Murphy that they’re waiting on. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports he took a puck in the neck and If he’s healthy enough to go for the tournament, he’ll make the cut and head to Ufa.

In the meantime, USA Hockey announced defenseman Jake McCabe as the team captain (pictured). McCabe was the Buffalo Sabres’ second round pick in 2012. Earning the “A” were blue liners Jacob Trouba and Seth Miller as well as forwards Cole Bardreau and J.T. Miller.

  1. broadstbully33 - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Skjei is surprising

    • Joe Yerdon - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      That surprised me a bit too, he was getting talked up quite a bit at the last camp before heading to Finland. Maybe that was the real tip-off. He’ll be back there next year.

    • tfaltin - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      He got practically no ice time against Finland from what I saw. Writing was on the wall there.

      • trick9 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        He wasn’t even dressed in that Finland game.

      • fantasyhockeyinformation - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about, or who any of these players are. I bet you don’t even play fantasy hockey or nhl13.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Hopefully, McCabe is the next big dman out of Wisconsin and becomes a star for us

    • Joe Yerdon - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      I just want to commend you on having an outstanding username.

  3. danphipps01 - Dec 25, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Huh. Wasn’t some Rangers official comparing him to McDonagh just a few days ago? I mean, I know everyone uptalks their own prospects, but still. Big words.

    Then again, the theme of U.S. hockey these days seems to be stellar defense. A lot of the top American prospects seem to be defensemen, so I guess that just shows how deep their defense is going to be.

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