Larkin, Tuch headline USA U18 entry

Christian Roatis2014 Draft Center, International Events

Dylan Larkin and Alex Tuch will headline Team USA’s entry at the 2014 World Under-18 Championship.

Larkin, a big six-foot-one, 190 pound center has been a consistent riser in Future Considerations’ rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft, sitting 14th. Larkin has scored 17 times in 26 USHL games this year, boasting a point-per-game pace. Not only that, but the sizeable pivot has also been productive in various international tournaments this season for the United States.

Tuch, ranked a couple spots below Larkin at 16, has also been turning heads this season. At a towering 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, it’s hard to miss Tuch when he’s on the ice. His great offensive prowess translated into 13 goals and 32 points in 26 USHL points this year, sharing the same jersey as Larkin.

Also donning the NTDP jersey in the USHL was 2015 eligible Jack Eichel. The young phenom torched the USHL on a scale not seen since Patrick Kane played his 16 year old season with the same team. Eichel scored 20 times in just 24 games, amounting to 45 points in that time frame. The fair sized, six-foot-one, 177 pound Eichel will likely take center stage for the Americans at the tournament, only further elevating his already nearly maxed out stock.

Of the 22 players on the roster, 18 of them are eligible for the 2014 NHL  Draft in Philadelphia this June, while the other four particularly elite skaters will have to wait until 2015 to hear their names called at the draft podium.

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