The 2019 USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp at the Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y. showcased many of the top 2002-born defensemen in the United States, sans those on the NTDP.
From the camp, seven defensemen were chosen to represent USA Hockey on the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team that will compete at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Slovakia and Czech Republic from August 5-10.
The crop of blue liners in this age group isn’t as deep as the forwards. There wasn’t a whole lot to be excited about in terms of 2020 NHL Draft prospects nor were there many uncommitted defensemen that piqued the interest of college coaches in attendance.
Without further ado, here’s a look at the defensemen who stood out at the 2019 USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp: