New York Rangers defensive prospects K’Andre Miller (22nd overall, 2018 Draft) and Zac Jones (68th overall, 2019 Draft) have both made the cut for Team USA’s 26-man roster for the 2020 World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic. There’s one more cut coming, as the roster has to be down 23-men for the tournament itself.
You can see Team USA’s full roster HERE.
The Rangers are one of seven NHL teams with two or more prospects on the roster — the Islanders lead the pack with three prospects: Oliver Wahlstrom, Jacob Pivonka, and Christien Krygier.
This season, Miller, a sophomore, leads the Big 10 conference in goals among defensemen (6) and is tied for third in scoring among d-men with 11 points in 18 games. Miller has 45 SOG and has been credited with 23 blocked shots for the Badgers this year. Miller won silver with Team USA at the 2019 WJC. He led the Badgers in scoring for much of the 2018-19 season, eventually finishing with 22 points in 26 games — good for fifth on the team and second among Badgers’ d-men.
Jones is UMass’ fourth-highest scoring skater and leads all d-men on the team in scoring with three goals and nine assists in 17 games. Jones, a freshman, began the 2019-20 NCAA season with 10 points in 10 games. He recently snapped a six-game scoring drought by picking up a primary assist in the Minutemen’s 4-0 win over Brown on Dec. 10.