Alex DeBrincat Cut From USA WJC Roster

On Thursday, USA Hockey announced three players were cut from the WJC roster. In a somewhat surprising move, Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat was one of the players who didn’t make the roster.

DeBrincat, who turned 19 on Monday, struggled at USA Hockey’s summer camp and at final selection camp. His performance last year also undoubtedly played a role.

DeBrincat currently leads the OHL with 30 goals and has 60 points through 28 games.

Defenseman Chad Krys is still on the roster, however. Krys was a member of the bronze medal-winning 2016 U.S. National Junior Team.

18 thoughts on “Alex DeBrincat Cut From USA WJC Roster

  • December 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Pity, I was hoping to watch DeBrincat play in this tourney. Didn’t we first get glimpse of Forsling in this tournament a few years ago? I seem to recall this.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Hawks will have some prospects playing for other countries as well.

  • December 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I have always enjoyed watching these games. Teuvo and I believe Forsling stood out positive in the last one’s they skated in.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    USA hockey gm Jim Johansen is catching hell from everyone. Aside from cutting Debrincat he never invited Kyle Connor or Alex Tuch.

    McKenzie said Johansen rationale was Debrincat didn’t show well at either camp. This has been a problem with team USA in general. Not icing the most talented team.

  • December 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    They still havnt learned from Olympic roster yet?

    Now we get a pissed off DCat, going to make him work harder/be personal.

  • December 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    We Canadians regularly celebrate the complete incompetence of coaches and management of U.S.A. hockey. Thank you for continuing to ensure that even with ten times the population your teams will flounder when it counts. DeBrincat will be a great Blackhawk and keep the dynasty talk alive while teams wearing the U.S.A. stars and stripes will conduct post mortem reviews trying to figure out why they couldn’t score.

  • December 22, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Most of the population is playing other sports, not hockey or curling. See you on the diamond or court, pal.

  • December 22, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    This is a head scratcher for sure-good kid, he must be devastated. We’ll I’ll get to see him play in Kitchener on Jan. 1st (and the 15th)

  • December 23, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Glad Usa didnt keep him …good for Canadian team also …hehe less natural scorer with team Usa ….
    I can read some prople here take it a bit personnal but its true that the the management for team Usa is really focus on Baseball or Nfl ….good decision to send the kid back to Erie with his team …it will be very good for Dbrincat …he will be a lot more on the the world who i am ….he really deserve to be there …if he was Canadian citizen he would be proud to get a canadian shirt on him ….it will make him a better player …..i remember when a canadian Coah didnt want to have Mario Lemieux on his team …Dave King said he was too lazy to play for team Canada …how many year did Dave king was a NHL coach ? …how many year did le Magnifique played in the NHL ….i dont want to compare Lemieux with Debrincat…but the situation is quite similar ..perfect to give a boost to the kid …but maybe i am wrong …who knows ….time will tell ..

  • December 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    USA hockey seems to not be able to get out of its own way these days. Bad decisions on all fronts from Coaching to player selection. This team is famous for lack of scoring and this kid is pure scoring, I scratch my head with this one.

  • December 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

  • December 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    From the piece by Craig Custance:

    “I caution looking at stats when guys are playing in two different leagues. I know he has 30 goals. I also know college hockey is older and strong and harder hockey overall, so that stat comparison is one that I don’t think we put a whole lot of credence in either way,” [USA Hockey general manager Jim] Johannson said when we chatted on Thursday. “We felt like some guys beat him out.”

    So, in review, USA Hockey believes NCAA > OHL. Shade – thrown.

  • December 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    It’s sounds like from everything I read team USA is interested in playing a heavy physical style. At 5’6 175 DCat isn’t that type of player. Hopefully this motivates him moving forward.

  • December 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Read another piece that USA coach who is also the head coach for St Cloud State. That his system is of the grindy variety. So Grindy type players stand out and guys with skill that want to put the puck in the net are overshadowed.

    Look at the roster. 1 goalie from BC the other from BU

    2 d-men from BU, 1 from BC, 1 from Harvard

    5 forwards from BU, 1 from Providence, 1 from Uconn, 1 from BC

    3 players total are from Canadian Junior leagues.

    Kyle Connor ( who played for the US mens team this summer) wasn’t invited…but a 6th round pick from this years draft is on the roster???

    14 players going to a Boston area college.

  • December 23, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    3 players playing Canadian junior…

  • December 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Ernie–Don Cherry will have a rant ready for this!

  • December 23, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    The NHL is moving away from “grindy” hockey to a speed/skill game. Sounds like the US coach is behind the times.

  • December 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    If he really did struggle at the summer camp, considering he’s clearly a very good player as he has been CHL Rookie of the year award winner and currently leads the OHL in scoring, he may have showed a lack of commitment/interest in playing with the USA Hockey national team, so it might have been fair to other players who demonstrated more effort and commitment, to not include DeBrincat. We can’t really know for sure what happened.

    But I guess after what happened in the World Cup, everything decision USA Hockey makes is under intense scrutiny.

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