USA Hockey has named the US squad that will participate in this summer's U18 World Cup. As usual, the squad is resitricted to players who attended the Select 17 festival and are not part of the NTDP. I've added last year's stats for the players I could find. GOALTENDERS (2) 1 Neil Conway 6-1 (185) 170 (77) 1/17/88 L Concord, Ohio Owen Sound Attack (OHL) 15 GP-2.48 GAA-0.900 Save% 30 Billy Sauer 6-2 (188) 170 (77) 1/6/88 L Walworth, N.Y. Chicago Steel (USHL) 30 GP-3.05 GAA-0.904 Save% DEFENSEMEN (6) 2 Cameron Cooper 5-11 (180) 175 (79) 5/19/88 L Lakeville, Minn. Academy of Holy Angels (Minn.) (high school) 30 GP-8G-18A-26P 3 Steven Kampfer 6-0 (183) 185 (84) 9/24/88 R Jackson, Mich. Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) 47 GP-6G-13A-19P-91 PIM 4 Daniel Lawson 6-3 (191) 225 (102) 6/28/88 L Oak Forest, Ill. Chicago Chill (midget) Stats Not Available 5 Kevin Quick 6-1 (185) 175 (79) 3/29/88 L Buffalo, N.Y. Salisbury School (Conn.) (prep school) 27 GP-3G-9A-12P 6 Kevin Wehrs 5-10 (178) 175 (79) 4/7/88 L Plymouth, Minn. Wayzata (Minn.) (high school) (USHL-Cedar Rapids) 4 GP-0G-0A-0P-0 PIM (Minn. HS) 27 GP-13G-19A-32P 7 Ben Youds 6-0 (183) 180 (82) 4/20/88 R Maple Grove, Minn. Maple Grove (Minn.) (high school) 27 GP-8G-21A-29P FORWARDS (12) 8 Barry Almeida 5-9 (175) 170 (77) 11/20/88 L Springfield, Mass. New England Jr. Falcons (EJHL) 47 GP-21G-18A-39P-44 PIM 9 Mike Borisenok 5-8 (173) 160 (73) 2/25/88 L Watervliet, N.Y. Albany (N.Y.) Academy (prep school) Stats Not Available 10 Michael Forney 6-2 (188) 190 (86) 5/14/88 R Thief River Falls, Minn. Thief River Falls (Minn.) Lincoln (high school) 28 GP-33G-33A-66P 11 Brian Keane 5-11 (180) 165 (75) 5/17/88 L Shortsville, N.Y. Rochester Junior Americans (EmpireJBHL) 41 GP-21G-28A-49P-33 PIM 12 James Marcou 5-7 (170) 145 (66) 2/19/88 R Kings Park, N.Y. New York Bobcats (AtlanticJHL) (AtlanticJHL) 31 GP-14G-23A-37P-18 PIM (USNTDP U17) 19 GP-2G-4A-6P-6 PIM 14 Taylor Matson 5-10 (178) 165 (75) 9/16/88 R Mound, Minn. Academy of Holy Angels (Minn.) (high school) 30 GP-28G-31A-59P 15 Kyle Okposo 6-0 (183) 200 (91) 4/16/88 R St. Paul, Minn. Shattuck-St. Maryâ€™s (Minn.) (prep school) (S-SM) 65 GP-47G-45A-92P-72 PIM (USNTDP U17) 6 GP-2G-2A-4P-2 PIM 16 Max Pacioretty 6-2 (188) 186 (84) 11/20/88 L New Canaan, Conn. Taft School (Conn.) (prep school) 23 GP-5G-14A-19P 17 Tyler Ruegsegger 5-11 (180) 176 (80) 1/19/88 R Lakewood, Colo. Shattuck-St. Maryâ€™s (Minn.) (prep school) 67 GP-26G-54A-80P-30 PIM 18 Ben Ryan 5-11 (180) 180 (82) 10/16/88 R Brighton, Mich. Victory Honda (Mich.) (midget) 65 GP-31G-36A-67P 19 Ben Smith 5-11 (180) 190 (86) 7/11/88 R Avon, Conn. Boston Jr. Bruins (EJHL) (EJHL) 25 GP-9G-15A-24P-0 PIM (Prep School-Westminster) 26 GP-20G-26A-46P 20 Joe Whitney 5-6 (168) 150 (68) 2/6/88 L Reading, Mass. Lawrence Academy (Mass.) (prep school) 27 GP-13G-14A-27P I'm usually suprised by the players that get picked for this team. There are usually guys I'd never expect to be there that are and others I had counted on being there that weren't. The biggest surprise for me was that d-man Tysen Dowzak didn't make the team. He's been hyped as a potential first round NHL draft pick for years. I suppose it's possible that they just don't think he'll be that effective in a European tournament. I'm curious to know who you think the NHL scouts will be looking at. Conway and Sauer are both well regarded. I've heard some people say that Sauer could potentially be a first round pick next year. If Al Montoya leaves Michigan it's likely that Sauer will be joining the team. That would certainly give him a better opportunity to get exposure and challenge himself. Conway could be the starter for the Attack this year depending on what happens with Mike Brown. Kampfer was always a player who was said to have very good skills but was very undersized (5'10" 180). The fact that he has grown to 6'0" could mean that NHL scouts might pay attention to him now. I know nothing about Daniel Lawson but his size is something that must catch pro scouts eyes. Anyone know anything about him? Okposo has been mentioned often around here but one player I'm really interested to hear more about is Michael Forney. I had never thought he was supposed to be much of a prospect but some months back Woodlief mentioned him as being a potential first round NHL draft pick (Link). That's only one opinion but he certainly seems to have the kind of package NHL scouts look for in a player. Anyone have any opinions on him? Any comments on any other players?