August 7, 2022

Stramel named to Team USA’s entry for the World Juniors

Charlie Stramel, a top prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, was among the 25 players named to Team USA’s roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. 

The World Juniors is set for summer competition after the first attempt last December was cancelled in the round robin portion following COVID-19 outbreaks from multiple teams. 

Stramel, who had 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 26 games with the US National Team Development Program last season, is considered a first-round talent in FCHockey’s preliminary discussions surrounding the 2023 draft class. 

He is joined on the roster by fellow 2023 draft-eligible forward Hunter McKown and goaltenders Kaiden Mbereko and Andrew Oke. Both Mbereko and Oke were passed over in the 2022 NHL Draft. 

Team USA’s roster also features a plethora of first-round talent from past draft classes. 

Logan Cooley, who was the No. 3 pick in the 2022 draft by the Arizona Coyotes, is also on the roster. He amassed 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) in 51 games last season with the National Team Development Program. 

The 2021 draft class will be represented, too.

Luke Hughes, the No. 4 pick in the 2021 draft of the New Jersey Devils, as well as forwards Mackie Samoskevich, selected No. 24 by the Florida Panthers and Matt Coronato, the No 13 pick in 2021 of the Calgary Flames, will help front the roster.

“We had a great week of camp followed by a pair of good pre-tournament games to help us finalize our roster,” John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, said in a release. “We had some spots to fill from December and we filled them in well. These are hard decisions, but we believe these are the 25 best players to achieve our goal.”

Forward Frank Nazar, selected No. 13 overall in 2022 by the Chicago Blackhawks, and Columbus Blue Jackets defense prospect Aidan Hreschuk were the final cuts by the team on Sunday.

Here is Team USA’s roster for the 2022 World Juniors:

GOALIES: Kaiden Mbereko, Lincoln (USHL); Andrew Oke, Saginaw (OHL); Remington Keopple, Des Moines (USHL).

DEFENSEMENSean Behrens, Denver (NCAA); Brock Faber, Minnesota (NCAA); Luke Hughes, Michigan (NCAA); Wyatt Kaiser, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA); Tyler Kleven, North Dakota (NCAA); Ian Moore, Harvard (NCAA); Jack Peart, St. Cloud State (NCAA); Jacob Truscott, Michigan (NCAA).

FORWARDS: Brett Berard, Providence (NCAA); Thomas Bordeleau, Michigan (NCAA); Logan Cooley, Michigan (NCAA); Matt Coronato, Harvard (NCAA); Riley Duran, Providence (NCAA); Dominic James, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA); Matthew Knies, Minnesota (NCAA); Carter Mazur, Denver (NCAA); Hunter McKown, Colorado (NCAA); Sasha Pastujov, Guelph (OHL); Mackie Samoskevich, Michigan (NCAA); Red Savage, Miami (NCAA); Landon Slaggert, Notre Dame (NCAA); Charlie Stramel, USA U-18 (NTDP).

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