Prospects eye U.S. World Junior team
Bourque, Kreider and Stepan among 29 players on preliminary roster
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New York Rangers prospects Ryan Bourque, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan were selected to USA Hockey’s preliminary roster for the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team. The three forwards will participate in a 29-player, three-day pre-tournament training camp from December 17-19 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to determine USA Hockey’s final 22-man roster for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Prior to joining the Remparts, Bourque appeared in 48 games with the USA Under-18 Development Team in 2008-09, recording 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points, along with 42 penalty minutes in 48 games. He helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 2009 U-18 World Championships in Fargo-Moorhead, finishing with one goal and seven points in seven games.
The Beverly, Massachusetts native was originally the Rangers' third round selection, 80th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season, Kreider finished sixth among all high school players in point per game average (2.15 points per game), and led Andover with career-highs in goals (33), assists (23) and points (56). He entered the 2009 draft rated 14th among all North American skaters, and first among high school players, in the Central Scouting final rankings.
The Boxford, Massachusetts native was originally the Rangers first round selection, 19th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The second-year player currently ranks second on the Badgers in points and assists, and is tied for second in goals.
Stepan set a career-high for points in a game with a five-point night (one goal and four assists) on Friday at Michigan State. Last season, he led all Wisconsin freshmen in goals (nine), assists (24) and points (33), and finished second on the team overall in points and assists.
The Hastings, Minn., native was originally the Rangers second round selection, 51st overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.