USA Hockey will bring approximately 45 players to the World Junior Summer Showcase later this offseason with the goal being to evaluate which players should make the roster for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2019 World Junior Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Prospects born in 1999 and after are eligible to compete in the 2019 World Junior Championship. USA Hockey brass usually frowns upon bringing players up, but there are a few special talents in the 2001 class, including Jack Hughes.
There are six potential returnees, noted with an asterisk, from last year’s team, including forward Brady Tkachuk and defenseman Quinn Hughes. Below are the players who this observer would bring to the World Junior Summer Showcase, in order of merit.
1.) Jack Hughes