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Hockey Commits In International Showcases

The IIHF is currently on an international break, with four international tournaments currently taking place.

As previously mentioned, Austin Cangelosi and Ryan Fitzgerald - both forwards slated to reach the Heights next fall - made the Junior Select roster. Chris Peters at The United States of Hockey highlighted both future Eagles in his tournament preview:

Ryan Fitzgerald — F — The only player to make the squad from outside the USHL was a savvy addition. Playing out of the Eastern Junior Hockey League with the Valley Jr. Warriors, Fitzgerald has been over a point-per-game player. After being named the MVP at the All-American Prospects Game, Fitzgerald has gained more of a following among scouts. Some services believe he could be a Top 60 pick in June and with his high-end vision and hockey sense, it’s highly possible. He could log a lot of minutes at center for this team and should be relied on to take the big draws. The USHL coaches might not be as familiar with him, but he has the potential to be a big time player for the U.S. Junior Selects.
Austin Cangelosi — F — I’m still scratching my head over Cangelosi not getting picked up last June. He has good speed, puck skills and a real knack for scoring goals. He has 13 points on the young season and could be a top-six threat for Team USA in this tournament. He scored a goal in a Saturday-night exhibition game, which the Americans will hope is a sign of things to come.

Team USA beat Canada East 9-1 on Monday and defeated Switzerland 4-1 on Tuesday. Fitzgerald netted a first period hat trick against Canada East while Cangelosi was named Player of the Game against the Swiss. Cangelosi's 4 points (1 G, 3 A) leads the tournament, while Fitzgerald 3 goals are tops amongst all skaters. His 16 penalty minutes are second on the team. Team USA is off until tomorrow's semi-final.

Meanwhile, the U-18 Four Nations Tournament is taking place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That club also features two future Eagles, defensemen Scott Savage and Steve Santini. Both blueliners are scheduled to reach the Heights next fall, helping replace the three senior defensemen on this year's team. Both Savage and Santini play with USA Hockey's U18 National Development Team in the USHL. Team USA defeated Finland 3-1 on Tuesday. Both Savage and Santini were held off the score sheet. Here's Peters on Santini:

Steven Santini — D — The aforementioned Santini is getting first-round buzz in some scouting circles as his physical tools are evident every time out. He’s added a good amount of grit to his game this season and should have a good chance to show it in this tournament. At 6-1, 208, Santini has a good frame and skates extremely well. His offensive game is still developing, and with a little more time and space unlike against USHL or NCAA teams, it could show a bit more in this tournament.

Finally, USA Hockey's U-17 squad is in Switzerland playing in the U-17 Four Nations Tournament. That squad features forward Alex Tuch, slated to arrive on Chestnut Hill in the fall of 2014. Tuch had a goal and an assist in 2-0 exhibition victory over Switzerland earlier today, and begins tournament play on Friday.

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