Breaking down Team USA WJC Camp
Without high-end talent on its roster like last year, when it boasted Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba and Alex Galchenyuk, the current roster lacks a game-breaking element. This current U.S. team is deep, but deep in solid players and those with two-way value.
"We have to be a blue-collar, lunch-pail, go-to-work-every-day [type of team]," head coach Don Lucia said. "We're not going to outskill a lot of teams. We have to have a good work ethic."
General Manager Jim Johannson reinforced the team approach, adding, "I think this is going to be a pack of wolves, a group effort in all parts of the game."
Despite the lack of top-end stars, there was still a lot to talk about at the camp, as several defensemen stood out. Though the evaluation process will continue into next season and the December camp, here are some notes on U.S. players from my observations:
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