By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Boston University freshman forward Charlie Coyle has been named to the US squad that will compete in the World Junior Championship in Buffalo from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Freshman defenseman Adam Clendening and freshman forward Matt Nieto were two of the seven players who were invited to camp but left off the final roster.
Clendening was reportedly injured in last night’s exhibition shootout loss to the Czech Republic when he went down to block a shot. It’s unclear how severe the injury is, but that likely factored into coach Keith Allain’s decision to leave him off the team. He was a plus-2 in the team’s first exhibition game against Rensselaer, also a shootout loss.
Nieto was believed to be a bubble player heading into camp. He was held scoreless against RPI and did not dress last night.
Coyle was expected to make the team from the get-go. He did not dress against RPI (neither did seven other players who ultimately made the squad) and registered an assist and two penalties against the Czech Republic.
To see the entire roster, click here. There’s a media conference call with Allain at 2 p.m. today, so I should have more info on the decisions to cut Clendening and Nieto after that.