Three players from the U.S. National Team Development Program have tested positive for COVID-19 according to Katie Strang and Craig Custance of The Athletic (subscription required), throwing the viability of holding the World Junior Summer Showcase later this month into question. Even though the other usual participating nations—Canada, Finland, and Sweden—had pulled out of the event already, USA Hockey was still planning on holding the event in Plymouth, Michigan starting July 24.
The report examines how that will be difficult considering Michigan’s current health mandates. Last month, USA Hockey announced the 43-man roster for the event, which includes nine members from the previous World Junior team that finished in sixth place. Other high-profile prospects such as Cole Caufield (MTL), Spencer Knight (FLA), Trevor Zegras (ANA), and Alex Turcotte (LAK) were all included on the roster.
- The USHL will drive forward with plans to hold a full 2020-21 season, announcing Friday that is still its main focus. The league was forced to cancel the rest of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus outbreak, but like all junior leagues, is trying to find a way back into competition this fall. While there were no dates or timelines in the release, the league’s board of directors will (digitally) meet weekly to work toward a “return to play for the 2020-21 season while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.”
- How will Scott Perunovich fare in professional hockey? The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler (subscription required) looked at the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner and several other St. Louis Blues prospects Friday, giving NHL comparisons for each one. In Wheeler’s words, Perunovich was the most difficult one to find a comparison for because “there aren’t a lot of 5-foot-10 defensemen in the NHL and none of them play quite like [him].”