On Tuesday Team USA announced its final 34-man roster for its 2012 National Junior Evaluation Camp, and all three Rangers prospects that had been invited to the camp survived the initial wave of cuts, including the club's two most recent first round draft picks---defenseman Brady Skjei and forward JT Miller.
Those two top Blueshirt prospects, along with high-scoring forward Steven Fogarty, a Rangers third rounder from the 2011 draft, will take part in a series of games this week with their U.S. teammates against junior players representing Sweden and Finland in Lake Placid.
Team USA will play three games this week---Wednesday and Saturday against Finland, and Thursday against Sweden---and will practice today and Saturday. From this group of 34 players, USA Hockey---including team coach Phil Housley---will select its roster for the prestigious 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.
Miller, the Rangers top pick in 2011, scored two goals and registered four points in six games for Team USA at the 2012 World Juniors. He is seeking to make the team two years in a row, along with defenseman Jacob Trouba and goaltender John Gibson.
Skjei (pictured playing against Finland on Monday), the Rangers first round selection this past June, and Fogarty are both looking to play in their first World Junior Championships. Skjei will attend the University of Minnesota this upcoming year, while Fogarty, also a Freshman, will attend Notre Dame.
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