Jon Merrill was again named to the World Juniors roster for Team USA, which is great, because he hadn't exactly been playing for Michigan. Hopefully he will soon finish doing what he has to in order to be reinstated to the team, but in the meantime this is a great way for him to get some highly competitive ice time. Also on the roster is Michigan recruit Jacob Trouba, a member of the NTDP Under 18 team, and the youngest player on the roster. Both goaltenders (Jack Campbell and John Gibson) are former M recruits. The best news is that Michigan doesn't lose any current players for the GLI, while Michigan's first GLI opponent, BC, loses forward Bill Arnold, who has 11 goals and 9 assists so far this year, more points than any Michigan player.
Merrill, Trouba on Team USA for World Juniors
What about Phil DiGiuseppe? Isn't he on Team Canada? That's a big piece of the offensive production missing. I think Michigan will have a good tournament regardless though.
Made a GLI bracket if anyones interested.
Di Giuseppe was cut from Canada.
My gut feeling tells me that Merrill will be back on the ice for Michigan shortly after the WJC.
I hope Gibby gets 5 goals scored on him each game, but the US has to win 6-5.
Gibson you make me sad.
With Campbell in net, dont think Gibson will be playing much...
Someone in another thread who said he's on the Dekers said that Merrill is expect back against LSSU which is the first series of the new year. Let's hope so, it's time to turn this season around.
Also, I had no idea how much losing Brandon Burlon ended up hurting us. Would've been nice to have another body back there, especially a senior body