Top Rangers prospects Brady Skjei and Boo Nieves will both take part in USA Hockey's 2013 National Junior Evaluation Camp beginning next Saturday, August the 3rd, and running through August the 10th up in Lake Placid, NY. The pair is part of a group of 44 players vying to earn spots on the squad that will represent the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden December 26, 2013-January 5, 2014. Team USA, with Rangers forward J.T. Miller playing a leading role, won the 2013 WJC played in Russia and enter the next tournament as defending champions.
The first few days of the evaluation camp will see players split evenly in teams of Blue and White. Skjei, the Rangers top pick in the 2012 NHL Draft who is entering his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota, will skate for the Blue squad, while Nieves, a second round selection of the Rangers in 2012 who will play at the University of Michigan again this fall, will skate for the White Team. On August 6th roster cuts will be made and the remaining players will take part in games against teams from Canada, Finland, and Sweden.
Team USA will choose its final roster following a pre-tournament camp in mid-December. Last year Skjei, the smooth-skating defenseman, was among the final players cut by Team USA. Meanwhile this will be the first evaluation camp for Nieves, the speedy and skilled forward.
BlueshirtsUnited.com will provide updates on the status of both Brady Skjei and Boo Nieves throughout the entire Team USA evaluation camp beginning on August 3rd.