Brandon Saad among U.S. junior cuts


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Forward Brandon Saad, one of the NHL's top draft prospects, has been among the final seven players cut as the United States set its roster for the start of the World Junior Hockey championships.

Saad had no points in two exhibition games this week, including a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic on Tuesday. NHL Central Scouting has the Saginaw Spirit player ranked as the Ontario Hockey League's No. 2 prospect for next year's draft.

Also cut were forwards Connor Brickley, Rocco Grimaldi and Matt Nieto, and defensemen Adam Clendening, Jamie Oleksiak and Philip Samuelsson, the son of former NHL player Ulf Samuelsson.

The tournament opens at Buffalo on Sunday, with the U.S. playing Finland.

The U.S. roster:

Goaltenders: Jack Campbell (Windsor Spitfires); Andy Iles (Cornell).

Defensemen: Brian Dumoulin (Boston College); Justin Faulk (Minnesota-Duluth); Derek Forbort (North Dakota); Nick Leddy (Rockford IceHogs); Jon Merrill (Michigan); John Ramage (Wisconsin); Patrick Wey (Boston College).

Forwards: Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota); Ryan Bourque (Quebec Ramparts); Chris Brown (Michigan); Mitch Callahan (Kelowna Rockets); Charlie Coyle (Boston U.); Jerry D'Amigo (Toronto Marlies); Emerson Etem (Medicine Hat Tigers); Chris Kreider (Boston College); Jeremy Morin (Rockford IceHogs); Brock Nelson (North Dakota); Kyle Palmieri (Syracuse Crunch); Drew Shore (Denver); Jason Zucker (Denver).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.