Prospect update: No Bruins for USA either for WJC

Gothberg

Last week, we found out the Bruins would not be releasing rookie forward Tyler Seguin to skate for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo later this month.

Today we found out there won’t be any players that are Bruins property skating for the U.S. either.

USA Hockey today released the list of 29 players selected to participate in the pre-tournament camp beginning Dec. 17. Neither Jared Knight nor Zane Gothberg, two recent Bruins draft picks, were on the list.

Here’s a look at that list.

Neither snub comes as a surprise. Knight, a Michigan native, has been playing well with 12-16-28 totals in 28 games for the London Knights (OHL). But Knight’s past conflicts with USA Hockey, including his decision not to join the USNTDP and then play for the University of Michigan, have kept the ’10 second-round pick out of the U.S. loop in the past.

Although Gothberg, a sixth-round pick of Boston last June, has posted a 2.39 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in his first year with Fargo (USHL) and has fared in recent international competition, it was a given that last year’s gold-medal-winning goaltender Jack Campbell and 2010 Under-18 gold-medal-winner Andy Iles would be back for another go around with Team USA.

The World Junior Championship opens Dec. 26.

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