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.
|LOGAN BROWN||C||L||6-06||222||05 MAR 98||RALEIGH, NC||14N||07N|
|TRENT FREDERIC||C||L||6-02||203||11 FEB 98||ST. LOUIS, MO||39N||47N|
|CLAYTON KELLER||C||L||5-10||168||29 JUL 98||SWANSEA, IL||08N||09N|
|LUKE MARTIN||D||R||6-02||201||20 SEP 98||ST. LOUIS, MO||N/R||N/R|
|JOSEPH WOLL||G||L||6-03||198||12 JUL 98||ST. LOUIS, MO||08G||05G|
|LOGAN BROWN||Windsor (OHL)||59||21||53||74||+24||40||6||0||6|
|... 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|
|... 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|
|... 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|
|... 2016 WJC||Team USA||2||0||0||0||+0||0||0||0||0|
|JOSEPH WOLL||USNTDP U-18 (USHL)||31||1726||63||764||2.19||19- 8- 1||.918||1|
|... 2016 U18 WJC||Team USA||1||60||1||35||1.00||1- 0- 0||.971||0|