USA announces Hlinka entry

Andrew Weiss2014 Draft Center, International Events

Before the 2013 scouting season was wrapped, the 2014 NHL Draft scouting season had begun for USA scouts.

The annual USA Hockey’s Select 17 camp, which was comprised of 160 skaters and 20 goalies, was the scouts’ first look at the 2014 draft eligible crop of players at the start of their draft year.

In addition to serving as an opportunity to scout 2014 eligible players, the six day camp also served as a tryout for the US Ivan Hlinka Memorial entry. The team, which will travel to Eastern Europe in early August, roster was released by USA Thursday at the conclusion of the camp’s all-star game.

The team features top non-National Team Development Program Americans such as Green Bay Gamblers’ forward Nick Schmaltz, Edina (Minn.) High School forward Dylan Malmquist, and Niagara IceDogs (OHL) defenseman Aaron Haydon.

Arguably the premier name featured on yesterday’s roster release was goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, who was stellar between the pipes en route to the Plymouth Whalers’ Eastern Conference Final playoff run as a 17-year-old.

Another key player in attempting to improve on the United States’ seventh place finish last will be Saint Cloud (Minn.) Cathedral High School’s Austin Poganski who is the only American on the squad in the first round of Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft.

The complete roster is comprised of five CHL, seven US high school, six USHL, and three players who played Midget level hockey last season.

For the full roster, please click HERE