Michigan Hockey: 3 players named to United States World Juniors roster

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The Michigan Hockey program will be without Matty Beniers, Brendan Brisson, and Cam York as they compete at the 2021 World Junior Championship.

The Michigan Hockey program was off to an incredible start in 2020-21 but have since slowed down, leaving the Wolverines 5-5 to start the season. They do not have more games on the schedule at the moment, but when they do start up again, they will be missing some talent.

With the upcoming 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament beginning in less than two weeks, the Wolverines will have three of their players in the tournament. All three of the Wolverines representatives were named to the United States team’s roster ahead of the tournament.

Forwards Matty Beniers and Brendan Brisson made the final cut for Team U.S.A, and defenseman Cam York will be on the backend of things for Team U.S.A. in the tournament. These three players will kick things off on Christmas Day when Team U.S.A faces off against Team Russia in Edmonton’s World Junior Championship Bubble.

Here’s a further look at three Wolverines representing the United States at the World Junior Championship:

Matty Beniers – Freshman, 2021 NHL Entry Draft eligible

The Wolverines have seen freshman Matty Beniers get off to an impressive start in his first ten collegiate games. Beniers played in eight of the first ten games the Wolverines played, where he scored three goals and three assists for six total points.

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Beniers is eligible for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and will likely be one of the more sought after forwards in the draft class.

He will get his chance to show his stuff as a Team U.S.A. member and compete for a gold medal this winter.

While the Wolverines are not scheduled to get back on the ice for the time being, as 2021 approaches, they will be playing without Beniers to start things.

Brendan Brisson – Freshman, Drafted 1st round of 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Another one of the Wolverines freshmen off to a hot start is forward Brendan Brisson. In his eight games in the NCAA, Brisson managed two goals and eight assists for ten total points to start his freshmen campaign.

He is one of the many freshmen off to a hot start, helping the Wolverines find some success early on. Though they came back to .500, Brisson and the other crop of freshmen have been finding a lot of success at the collegiate level.

Brisson was selected in the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights, so he will not be someone the Red Wings could scoop up in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The playmaking forward made the cut for Team U.S.A. and will kick things off with the squad on Christmas Day.

Cam York – Sophomore, Drafted 1st round of 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Wolverines defense core is being kept held down by defenseman Cam York, who is in his second season at the collegiate level. He was named to Team U.S.A., where he will play an integral role in the team’s defensive core.

So far with Michigan hockey, this year York has played in eight games where he has two goals and three assists for five points total. The Wolverines have been able to turn York into a trusted defender, not to mention that he is a future NHL talent, having already been drafted.

In the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers selected York with the nineteenth overall pick in the first round. In his first go with the Wolverines in 2019-20, he played 30 games where he managed five goals and 11 assists for 16 total points on the season.

As Christmas Day draws near and these three players prepare to kick off the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament, they will look to bring home a gold medal for the United States team.

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Best of luck to Beniers, Brisson, and York as they represent Michigan hockey at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.