Plymouth, MI - - Team USA concluded their first day of camp and I walked away with these conclusions.
Ty Smilanic (Panthers) – He was the fastest player in camp and that’s saying something. Who can cover him coming down the ice on the wing? This team has a great roster
Matty Beniers hasn’t been hiding. He hasn’t come out of nowhere. Nobody is surprised to see him performing at a high level. He’s had an interesting path this season, and through it all, the talented center has continued to see his draft stock rise.
Beniers has a great cutting motion in
Brett Berard didn’t make the USA roster because his coach at Providence, Nate Leaman, is the head coach of the 2021 World Junior Championship squad, it happened because he never takes a shift off, and he can create situations out on the ice.
“He’s a great coach, and I’ve enjoyed playing
Just playing for the NTDP means you’ve accomplished a lot early in your hockey career. You can also be on that team and not get as much credit as your play deserves. Here are three players who opened my eyes:
Brett Berard – 5-9, 152 – RW - In both