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Jack Eichel headlines USA world junior selection camp roster

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Jack Eichel (No. 9) makes Team USA an instant contender at the 2015 world juniors.(Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Jack Eichel headlines USA world junior selection camp roster

Matt Larkin
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Jack Eichel, the top U.S. prospect since Patrick Kane, tops off Team USA's stacked world junior selection camp roster.

It was no surprise when Connor McDavid cracked Canada's World Junior Championship selection camp roster, announced yesterday. It was even less surprising when Jack Eichel made the U.S. camp roster. Both are viewed as neck-and-neck to go first overall in the 2015 NHL draft, and if McDavid could make his nation's squad with a broken hand, a healthy Eichel was a lock. Especially with the way he's torn up the NCAA ranks as a freshman with Boston University.

Fuelled by the U.S. National Team Development Program's perpetual harvest of great prospects, the Yankees are borderline co-favorites in this year's tournament. Their 30-man camp roster includes 24 players drafted to NHL teams. The complete list:

CENTERS

(VAN) Cole Cassels, Oshawa Generals, OHL
(BUF) J.T. Compher, University of Michigan, NCAA
(2015 eligible) Jack Eichel, Boston University, NCAA
(WPG) Chase De Leo, Portland Winterhawks, WHL
(DET) Dylan Larkin, University of Michigan, NCAA
(2016 eligible) Auston Matthews, U.S. NTDP, USHL

WINGERS

(2015 eligible) Jeremy Bracco, U.S. NTDP, USHL
(TB) Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts, QMJHL
(BUF) Hudson Fasching, University of Minnesota, NCAA
(CHI) John Hayden, Yale University, NCAA
(CHI) Anthony Louis, Miami University (Ohio), NCAA
(MTL) Michael McCarron, London Knights, OHL
(CLB) Sonny Milano, Plymouth Whalers, OHL
(CHI) Tyler Motte, University of Michigan, NCAA
(CHI) Nick Schmaltz, University of North Dakota, NCAA
(MIN) Alex Tuch, Boston College, NCAA
(NJ) Miles Wood, Noble & Greenough School, U.S. High School

DEFENSEMEN

(COL) Will Butcher, University of Denver, NCAA
(2015 eligible) Brandon Carlo, Tri-City Americans, WHL
(CLB) Ryan Collins, University of Minnesota, NCAA
(TB) Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia Sting, OHL
(NSH) Jack Dougherty, University of Wisconsin, NCAA
(FLA) Michael Downing, University of Michigan, NCAA
(2015 eligible) Noah Hanifin, Boston College, NCAA
(FLA) Ian McCoshen, Boston College, NCAA
(NJ) Steven Santini, Boston College, NCAA
(2015 eligible) Zach Werenski, University of Michigan, NCAA

GOALTENDERS

(VAN) Thatcher Demko, Boston College, NCAA
(NYR) Brandon Halverson, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL
(CAR) Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers, OHL

U.S. College: 18 players
United States League: 2 players
Ontario League: 6 players
Quebec League: 1 player
Western League: 2 players
U.S. High School: 1 player

This is a positively stacked U.S. roster. If you include D-man Noah Hanifin, the U.S. likely boasts two of the top three picks in the 2015 draft, as Hanifin has almost carved himself his own tier at No. 3. He brings dynamic two-way ability to the blueline. Anthony DeAngelo brings pure, freewheeling offense and Steven Santini is a truck back there (if he recovers from wrist surgery in time for the tournament). If the U.S. decides to reunite the NTDP line of Eichel between Sonny Milano and Alex Tuch, look out. Keep an eye on Matthews if he makes the team, as he's an early favorite to go first overall in the 2016 draft. This team should push Canada hard in what is shaping up to be one of the best, most memorable world junior championships in a long time.

Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blogFor more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazineFollow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin

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