Three Prospects Eye U.S. World Junior Team
Draftees Kreider, Bourque, Stepan will take part in national junior camp
Kreider, Bourque and Stepan will look to become the first Rangers prospects to make Team USA's World Junior squad since Bobby Sanguinetti in 2008. A long list of current and former Rangers players has participated in past World Junior tournaments, including Chris Drury, Ryan Callahan, Corey Potter, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter.
Bourque, who was recruited by the University of New Hampshire, opted to go the major-junior route and will spend 2009-10 with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. The son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, Ryan will be coached by his dad's former NHL teammate, Patrick Roy.
Players will be split into two squads during the camp, with Bourque and Stepan playing for Team Blue, and Kreider playing for Team White. There will be Blue-White scrimmages on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and cuts will be made after the final scrimmage. The remaining American players will then face the Russian National Under-20 Team in a four-game series on Aug. 11, Aug. 12, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.
Players in Lake Placid will be evaluated by 2010 U.S. National Junior Team General Manager Jim Johannson, Director of Player Personnel Tim Taylor, and Head Coach Dean Blais.