13 NHL prospects on US Olympic roster

The 25-man roster includes 15 NCAA players.

“It’s great,” Beniers said Thursday. “I think that says a lot about the quality of college hockey, and not just one league. [the NCAA]. It’s roughly in three or four different leagues; you see guys from every league coming to this team. There are a lot of great players and college hockey is really good. I think it sometimes goes unnoticed. But it’s hard, it’s big, it’s hard and it’s fast. It’s hard and it prepares you well for the next level.”

Beniers, selected No. 2 by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Draft, scored 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 22 games as a sophomore at the University of Michigan. He is the seventh youngest player named to the United States Men’s Olympic Team (19 years, two months, eight days).

“I am so honoured, humbled and thrilled with this experience of playing for the Olympic team,” Beniers said. “It’s something all kids dream of growing up, as hockey players. You watch the movie ‘Miracle’, you watch the Olympics every chance you get, and just To be named to this team is an honor. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get started with these teammates and coaches and hopefully bring home the gold.”

Sanderson, the Ottawa Senators’ No. 5 pick in the 2020 NH Draft, ranks second among NCAA Division I ice hockey defensemen with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 17 games in second year at the University of North Dakota. He is the 10th youngest player named to Team USA (19 years, six months, five days).

Mark Howe (16 years, 8 months, 7 days) is the youngest player to represent the United States. He won a silver medal at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics in Japan.

“You have two elite players in two different positions and Sanderson brings a lot to the table; he’s as complete a defenseman as there are who play college hockey,” coach David Quinn said. “We think he’s going to do a lot for us. I know [Beniers] a little better… I tried to recruit him to BU before leaving BU. I’m amazed at how much he improved during that time and he was a [heck] of a player therefore.

“You’re watching two guys who are playing 200 feet, and what’s great is that these guys are talented players with toughness in their game who are committed to playing in all three zones, and that’s why they were drafted where they were, and that’s why they’re going to be great parts of the team that we have, and that’s why they have a great future in the NHL.”

Other NHL prospects to make the roster include forwards Brendan Brisson (#29, Vegas Golden Knights, 2020), Nick Abruzzese (#124, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2019 NHL Draft), Noah Cates (#137, Philadelphia Flyers, 2017 NHL Draft), Sean Farrell (#124, Montreal Canadiens, 2020), Sam Hentges (#210, Minnesota Wild, 2018 NHL Draft), Matthew Knies (No. 57, Maple Leafs, 2021) and Nathan Smith (No. 91, Winnipeg Jets, 2018); defensemen Brock Faber (#45, Los Angeles Kings, 2020), Drew Helleson (#47, Colorado Avalanche, 2019) and Nick Perbix (#169, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2017); and goaltender Drew Commesso (No. 46, Chicago Blackhawks, 2020).

The NHL announced Dec. 22 that its players will not be participating in the 2022 Olympics due to disruption to the regular season schedule due to rising COVID-19 cases and a growing number of postponed games. As of Thursday, 104 matches had been postponed.

Other forwards selected by the United States are Kenny Agostino (Torpedo, Kontinental Hockey League), Marc McLaughlin (Boston College, NCAA), Ben Meyers (Minnesota, NCAA), Andy Miele (Torpedo, KHL), Brian O’Neill ( Jokerit, KHL) and Nick Shore (Novosibirsk, KHL).

The defenders selected were Brian Cooper (IK Oskarshamn, Swedish Hockey League), Steven Kampfer (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL), Aaron Ness (Providence, American Hockey League) and David Warsofsky (Ingolstadt, Germany). The other two goaltenders are Strauss Mann (Skelleftea, SHL) and Pat Nagle (Lehigh Valley, AHL).

“We’re excited about the mix,” Quinn said. “I think we have a great mix of youth and experience, guys who have played in the Olympics before. The challenges are to get 25 players together in a short time and try to become a cohesive unit in a small window. , but our guys look around and they see the roster and they feel very confident in the group that we have, and we really feel that we picked the right team to go out there and win the medal. gold”

The United States will play preliminary round matches in Group A with Canada, Germany and China. He opens the 2022 Olympics against China on February 10.

NHL.com Editor Mike G. Morreale contributed to this report

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