Acadian Prospects Heading to WJC

11 Bears prospects have been invited to various World Junior camps including a third of the entire 27-man roster for the United States.
by Marcel Cormier | December 5, 2012, 5:40 AM ET

Team USA may as well change their name to Team Acadia.

USA Hockey released the names of 27 players who will compete for 23 roster spots to represent the Red, White and Blue at the 2013 WJC in Ufa Russia later this month. Acadia is supplying a remarkable nine players to that camp.

"Development has come a long way in the United States over the last two decades, especially since the inception of the National Program," said Acadia GM Guy Flaming, "It's not a surprise to us and the fact that we've drafted heavily from the USHL and CHL, it stands to reason that we'd have a lot of players going."

Most of the Bears prospects are considered sure-fire locks to be on the final roster. Leading the way in that department is Michigan Wolverine defenceman Jacob Trouba, the only returning blueliner USA has from 2012. Union Dutchman Shayne Gostisbehere, a 3rd round choice by Acadia in 2012, is expected to be the top offensive minded d-man.

You can write in ink the names of forwards Johnny Gaudreau, J.T. Miller, Stefan Noesen and Rocco Grimaldi as well.

On the bubble are a pair of Miami RedHawks in Riley Barber and Sean Kuraly. The former is currently the top freshman scorer in the NCAA while the latter was a standout for USA during their summer camp in Lake Placid.  

USA is expected to include Nic Kerdiles to their camp as well although not officially named as of yet. The Wisconsin freshman just returned from a NCAA suspension and will be given another weekend of play to convince USA Hockey brass that he's in top game shape.

On top of the American talent, defenceman Ryan Sproul has been invited to Canada's camp and German Tobias Rieder, if healthy, will once again lead his country into the tournament.

BEAR TRACKS

  • Quietly, the Golden Bears have relocated their minor league affiliate. The Colorado Cubs are no more as the team is now going to be based out of Val d'Or, Quebec and has been renamed as well. The Val d'Or Villains will be much closer to their parent club and now there will also be less confusion with farm team names; the Colorado Cubs played against other Grizzly monikers such as the Jr. Cubs, Cubans and Black Bears. 
  • Sources suggest that Acadia will wear their third jersey design between 10-15 times this coming season. The team is waiting for the release of the 2012-13 schedule before making and official announcements in regard to opponents on the alternate jersey nights.
  • The team has yet to name a new captain to replace the now departed Ryan Smyth. Odds on favorite appears to be winger Scott Hartnell although Brooks Orpik, Toni Lydman and Mike Cammalleri are likely to get consideration as well.

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