Commits Set for U-18 Worlds
NHL Network set to carry U.S. games from Russia.

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Western Michigan commit Mattias Samuelsson is the No. 21 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s 2018 NHL Draft rankings.

More than 20 future college stars take aim at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship when it gets underway Thursday in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia.

The United States, which features 21 players who have committed to NCAA schools, will have each of its games broadcast on NHL Network as it pursues another gold medal in the event. Last year the U.S. won the tournament for the 10th time in its 19-year history.

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The U.S. faces Canada – which has two future NCAA players on its roster – Thursday at 10:30 a.m. ET in the first preliminary round game for both teams. Other Group A games for the U.S. are against Switzerland (Friday, 6:30 a.m. ET), Sweden (Sunday, 6:30 a.m. ET) and Belarus (Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. ET), all on NHL Network.

Former Rensselaer coach and Ferris State alum Seth Appert is the head coach of the United States, while Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold is among his assistants.

Western Michigan commit Mattias Samuelsson captains the U.S. team, which consists entirely of players from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Defenseman Ty Emberson (Wisconsin) and forwards Patrick Giles (Boston College), Jonathan Gruden (Miami) and Jake Pivonka (Notre Dame) were named assistant captains.

Wisconsin leads all schools with four recruits on the U.S. team, followed by Boston College, Boston University and Notre Dame with three each.

NCAA Commits in U18 World Championship
United States
Cole Caufield F Wisconsin
Jack DeBoer F Boston University
Drew DeRidder G Michigan State
Ty Emberson D Wisconsin
Joel Farabee F Boston University
Patrick Giles F Boston College
Jonathan Gruden F Miami
Gavin Hain F North Dakota
Jack Hughes F Uncommitted
Trevor Janicke F Notre Dame
Spencer Knight G Boston College
K’Andre Miller D Wisconsin
Jonathan Mor G Uncommitted
Jake Pivonka F Notre Dame
Adam Samuelsson D Boston College
Mattias Samuelsson D Western Michigan
Spencer Stastney D Notre Dame
Alex Turcotte F Wisconsin
Oliver Wahlstrom F Harvard
Tyler Weiss F Boston University
Bode Wilde D Michigan
Jake Wise F Boston University
Cam York D Boston College

Canada
Jack McBain F Boston College
Jonathan Tychonick D North Dakota

Finland
Sampo Ranta F Wisconsin