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Draft Blog: USA releases U-18 roster

Updated: April 1, 2010, 5:49 PM ET
By Gare Joyce

USA Hockey has released its roster for the world Under-18s in Minsk this month and there are some interesting developments in the campaign to defend the championship won in Fargo last spring.

At the top of the list is C Austin Watson (Peterborough, OHL). USA Hockey's first loyalty is to the players who have been with the Ann Arbor program all winter. Next on the organization's list are the high-schoolers who are on a NCAA track; kids in the CHL usually get only a cursory look. This time, however, there was no doing that with Watson, an Ann Arbor native who came back from a broken ankle and dominated play the last few weeks of the major-junior season.

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