It may be the dog days of summer, but for many young hockey players this is the perfect time of year to prove themselves on the international level.â†µ
Beau Bennett (Penguins’ 2010 first round pick) and Philip Samuelsson (09’s second rounder) are currently battling for roster positions on Team USA’s U-20 world junior championship squad this winter. The roster is down to 28 players fighting for 22 spots and they’re currently playing Finland and Sweden in some tune up games.â†µ
Bennett, a forward, and Samuelsson, a defenseman, have gotten jerseys for both games so far; a good indication of their standing on the team. The US has won their first two games; beating Sweden and Finland. each by the score of 6-3. Bennett is the team’s leading scorer with four assists in the two games. Samuelsson has no points and two penalty minutes in his early tournament action.â†µ
The US will play Finland and Sweden one more time a piece on Friday and Saturday and impressions made here could go a long way to deciding who gets to go to Buffalo and help Team USA defend their U-20 crown.