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Five Players With Ties To St. Louis On Team USA At U18 World Junior Championships

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Four of these players are draft-eligible in 2016, but at least two will likely be long gone before the Blues have a chance to pick in Buffalo later this June... barring a trade, of course.

Clayton Keller (foreground) and Trent Frederic (background) are two of the five players with St. Louis connections who are currently skating for undefeated Team USA at the 2016 U18 World Junior Championships.  Photo by
Clayton Keller (foreground) and Trent Frederic (background) are two of the five players with St. Louis connections who are currently skating for undefeated Team USA at the 2016 U18 World Junior Championships. Photo by
Brian Weidler, "St. Louis Game Time"

LINK to Team USA roster at World Junior Championships website.

Five players with ties to the St. Louis area are taking the ice for Team USA at this year's U18 World Junior Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Forwards Logan Brown (son of former Blues' great Jeff Brown), Trent Frederic, and Clayton Keller, along with defenseman Luke Martin and goaltender Joseph Woll, are taking part in the WJC this year, and all are making solid contributions to Team USA's perfect record so far

The Red, White and Blue are 2-0-0 in this year's tournament, having knocked off Team Russia on Thursday by an 8-2 score, and Team Sweden on Saturday by a 6-1 score. The American juggernaut takes on Team Latvia later today.

Both Brown, who went from the 14th ranked skater at Midterm to the 7th spot in the Final rankings, and Keller, who fell one spot from 8th at Midterm to 9th in the Final rankings, would seem to be well worth an attempt to trade up in the first round in order to rustle them up for the Blues' prospect stable. Neither will last until the Blues pick in the lower end of the first round.

Frederic, ranked 47th among North American skaters in the Final rankings, and Woll, ranked 5th among North American goaltenders, would both appear to be likely targets for the Blues in the second or third rounds. Martin, whose Sep. 20 birthdate makes him ineligible by five days for this year's draft, is a player to keep a close eye on for next year's draft in Chicago.

PLAYER PS SH HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE MID FIN ..
LOGAN BROWN C L 6-06 222 05 MAR 98 RALEIGH, NC 14N 07N USA flag
TRENT FREDERIC C L 6-02 203 11 FEB 98 ST. LOUIS, MO 39N 47N USA flag
CLAYTON KELLER C L 5-10 168 29 JUL 98 SWANSEA, IL 08N 09N USA flag
LUKE MARTIN D R 6-02 201 20 SEP 98 ST. LOUIS, MO N/R N/R USA flag
JOSEPH WOLL G L 6-03 198 12 JUL 98 ST. LOUIS, MO 08G 05G USA flag

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PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE GP GL AS PT +- PM PP SH GW ..
LOGAN BROWN Windsor (OHL) 59 21 53 74 +24 40 6 0 6 USA flag
... 2016 U18 WJC Team USA 2 1 3 4 + 2 0 0 0 0
TRENT FREDERIC USNTDP U-18 (USHL) 57 16 18 34 +0 69 3 1 3 USA flag
... 2016 U18 WJC Team USA 2 0 1 1 + 1 0 0 0 0
CLAYTON KELLER USNTDP U-18 (USHL) 58 35 63 98 +0 38 11 4 8 USA flag
... 2016 WJC Team USA 2 2 3 5 + 5 0 0 0 1
LUKE MARTIN USNTDP U-18 (USHL) 59 4 12 16 +0 32 1 0 1 USA flag
... 2016 WJC Team USA 2 0 0 0 +0 0 0 0 0

PLAYER CLUB/LEAGUE GP MN GA SA AV WN-LS-OT S% SO ..
JOSEPH WOLL USNTDP U-18 (USHL) 31 1726 63 764 2.19 19- 8- 1 .918 1 USA flag
... 2016 U18 WJC Team USA 1 60 1 35 1.00 1- 0- 0 .971 0