Union's Gostisbehere expected to be on Team USA World Junior preliminary roster
On Tuesday, USA Hockey will announce its preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. Expect Union sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to be on that list.
Gostisbehere has five goals and eight assists in 13 games. He is tied for second in the country in scoring among defensemen with an average of a point per game.
A third-round selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in June's NHL draft, Gostisbehere had two goals and two assists in four games during the U.S. National Development Camp in Lake Placid in August. During a 10-2 win over Sweden, Gostisbehere scored a pair of power-play goals and added an assist.
“Most of our players have done a great job improving in the areas that we wanted to work on,” Team USA coach Phil Housley said at the end of camp. “Gostisbehere, definitely, every day has gotten better. His skating ability to get out of trouble, his knack to make the first pass in traffic and get involved in the rush have been excellent. His decision process when to join and when not to join has been really solid.
“His game really came to a new level against the Swedes, where he was able to jump up into the play and generate some offense in special-team situations on the power play.”
Gostisbehere had two goals and an assist as Union rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie Princeton, 4-4, Saturday.
Team USA will have a pair of training camps. The first will be Dec. 16-18 at the New York Rangers' Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown. The second will be Dec. 19-23 in Helsinki, Finland. The final roster will be named on Dec. 23.