Devils Prospect Tidbits:
Buzzing the Net USA Preview:
Forward Stefan Matteau (Albany Devils, AHL): Was cut from the '13 squad but provides some beef along the boards. "He has NHL experience — which you can’t put a price tag on — and I think he’s going to be very useful for our team," Barber said. "Just his size and power. I don’t think the big games will get to him."
From the free ISS WJC Guide:
Steven Santini – A physical defensive d-man who thrives when the game is on the line and intensity is high, Santini could prove to be the most reliable defender on the US team. He can log big minutes and play in the most crucial situations. He was selected as the top defensemen at the U-18 World Championships in Sochi last April. Santini does all the little things on the ice that can go easily unnoticed to the untrained hockey eye. When he gets in a rhythm of physical play he can be as fierce of an opponent as they come and has forwards second guessing themselves as they cross into the offensive zone. He doesn't play a flashy game on the puck but shows confidence in making simple, smart passes to advance the puck. He is a born leader who will do what it takes to win whether wiping out the opposition low, blocking shots or dropping the mitts.
Worth noting that highly ranked 2014 draft prospect, Kasperi Kapanen (FIN), will miss the WJC with an injured shoulder. Also really interested in seeing how 2015 draft eligibles C Connor McDavid (CAN), C Jack Eichel (USA), and LW Pavel Zacha (CZE) do in this tournament against older competition. Besides the USA games, it looks like NHL Network will have a decent amount of other games which is awesome.
United States of Hockey has a preview post up for their 1st game against the Czech Republic, Thursday at 11:30 AM ET.
Edited by thefiestygoat, 25 December 2013 - 10:43 PM.