For Jones, being named to the roster came as little surprise to most as the six-foot-four defenseman will play top pairing minutes for this year’s team. Jones did not play in Thursday’s exhibition win over Sweden but was paired with Mike Reilly in the United States’ final tune up against Finland yesterday. Jones was an impactful player in Saturday’s game creating several scoring opportunities in the team’s loss but failed to record a point.
Hartman, who was considered a bubble player heading into the team’s first camp in New York, played his way into the team solidified his spot on the team with very solid performances in the United States’ two exhibition games. Hartman scored in the team’s 3-2 overtime win over Sweden and helped set up the Americans’ lone goal on Sunday. Hartman played right wing on the third line both games with Blake Pietila and Cole Bardreau as line mates.
The United States has had several notable draft eligible players on their World Junior teams over the years including Jacob Trouba in 2012, Cam Fowler, Jack Campbell, and Jason Zucker in 2010, and Jordan Schroeder in 2009.
Much like Jones and Hartman are expected to do at this tournament, all six were very integral in the team’s success during their draft year.