Brian Dumoulin at Hurricanes prospect camp at the Raleigh RecZone in July, 2009. Photo by LTD
In an announcement made in Buffalo, New York this morning, USA Hockey has named 29 players for its preliminary roster to play in the World Juniors Championships to be held there later this month. Two defensemen who are prospects of the Carolina Hurricanes, Brian Dumoulin (Boston College) and Justin Faulk (University of Minnesota at Duluth) were included on the list of ten blueliners, of which only seven will remain when the tournament opens December 26th.
Dumoulin was the Canes 2nd round pick in 2009 and turned heads with his steady play and league-leading plus/minus stats as a true freshman with the Boston College in their NCAA championship season last year. He contributed 3 assists in the Eagles' 2-game sweep of rival Boston University over the weekend.
Faulk, also a second rounder, was the 37th overall pick this past June in Los Angeles. He has been outstanding on the power play for top-ranked Duluth this year, leading all rookie defensemen for goals scored in the NCAA. More on Faulk from UMD here.
Here is the link for the story from USA Hockey and the complete roster. Final cuts are anticipated December 22nd or 23rd.