Read: There Is A Good Chance Brady Skjei Plays For Team USA

At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters starts to preview Team USA for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.

Under the header of players “likely” to make the team is Rangers first round pick Brady Skjei.

Peters thinks that Skjei’s skating and two-way game make him a likely inclusion for Team USA.

He writes that if the World Juniors started tomorrow Skjei would be on his second pair with fellow first round pick Jacob Trouba.

Skjei has one goal and one assist in four games for Minnesota so far this season.

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Skjei’s goal starts at 1:30

Note: First Rounder Brady Skjei Scored Last Night

At Hockey’s Future they preview the University of Minnesota season and writes of Skjei “The Lakeville, MN native is part of a stellar freshman class for Minnesota this season and is one of the nation’s best incoming freshman rearguards this season. He is noted for his superb skating and hockey sense. As Guentzel explains, Skjei will bring many great things to the team.”

Skjei also had an assist and was a plus one. He was also one of the stars of the game.

Russo writes in the Star Tribune “this kid honestly is terrific” and he said that he was “outstanding” on the back end.

Skjei’s goal was a one-timer on the PP.

Brady Skjei Prospect Preview

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The 2012 NHL Draft in the 1st round featured a surprise selection by the New York Rangers. Many experts in their mock draft had the Rangers selecting LW Stefan Matteau, mostly because he is the son of former Ranger OT hero Stephane Matteau. So when the Rangers turn came around at pick #28 in the round 1 and Matteau was still on the board; it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would be a Ranger. However; Gordie Clark was about to shock nearly every Ranger fan in the building when he selected Defensemen Brady Skjei  over Stefan Matteau. Clark and the Rangers may have gone out on a limb with their selection, however; Skjei has a good reputation as a solid all around defenseman. The Lakeville Minnesota native has size (6’2 and weighing 203 lbs) as he added some bulk before the draft. In 2011-12, Skjei had 36 points with NTDP (National Team Development Program), US National 18 and USA 18); this season Skjei will be joining Coach Don Lucia at the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this season.

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Read: Brady Skjei Can Make An Offensive Impact

In the Daily News, Rangers first round pick Brady Skjei says that the key to his game is “keeping it simple” and that he struggles when he tries to put too much on his plate.

On the kind of player that Skjei is, Craig Button told Michael Russo in the Star Tribune, “While he doesn’t put up a lot of points, he’s a guy that’ll help your offense. Because his skating is so good, he’ll hold the offensive blue line and not back out. And he’ll get the puck out of his own zone and get it forward.”

Skjei told the Rangers website, “I think I have some definite offensive upside. I feel like I am a good skater, can get up the ice, and make some good plays.”

Skjei told the Star Tribune that going to play for the US National Team made him into a two-way player, “I feel I’ve become an all-around defenseman. In high school hockey, I liked to skate it up a ton and play a lot of offense. I feel they’ve taught me to play both ends of the rink in Ann Arbor. And I’ve put on 25 pounds.”

At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes that Skjei displayed his “excellent vision” during his two days at development camp.

Read: It Would Be Impressive If Brady Skjei Made The World Junior Team

Over the last two seasons Brady Skjei has had the chance to represent the United States in international competition in the Under 17 tournament in 2010-11 and the under 18 team in 2011-12.

Skjei has a chance to represent the United States this winter in the Under 20 tournament and has been participating in USA Hockey’s evaluation camp for the past few days.

Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton was in Lake Placid watching the camp and told Blueshirts United “In Brady’s case this is his first run at it, obviously just coming out of the draft. For him to make that team would be quite a story. He’s played really well, and his skating has been really good.”

Chris Peters writes at the United States of Hockey that Skjei “can skate, play the body and has shown good defensive smarts.”

On the his play at the evaluation camp, Skjei told Blueshirts United “The coaches knew my game going in because of my previous time in the (United States) program, so that provided me a certain comfort level. I just tried to be a solid two-way player for the team, probably more of a shut-down guy. I wanted to showcase my skating, which is probably the best part of my game and is a big part of international play, along with my shut-down abilities. I am happy with how it all went.”

Read: Brady Skjei Scouts JT Miller and Steven Fogarty

A few weeks ago Rangers prospects Brady Skjei, Steven Fogarty and JT Miller attended USA Hockey’s World Juniors evaluation camp to try and prove that they deserve to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia.

Skjei, who is likely to land a spot on defense for Team USA, spoke with Blueshirts United about his future teammates in Fogarty and Miller.

“Fogarty had a really good camp as a really good two-way center. He played well in his defensive zone, but also made plays in the offensive zone.”
“JT, obviously, is a really top talent. He can score. He works hard. And he also has that little edge to his game.”

Skjei also praised Miller’s leadership qualities.

The tournament starts on December 26th and ends on December 5th.

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Read: Brady Skjei Should Have A Spot On Team USA

At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters writes that Brady Skjei was Team USA’s best defenseman yesterday in their skeleton crew loss to Finland.

Peters notes “Skjei was his normal, slick-skating self, but showed even better puck-moving skills than he’s displayed previously in camp.”

He adds that Skjei deserves a spot to be a fifth or sixth defenseman on the World Junior team in December.

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Read: Brady Skjei Impressed Yesterday

In Lake Placid yesterday USA Hockey held the first of two two games to evaluate prospects for the World Junior Championships.

2012 first round pick Brady Skjei, along with his defense partner were players that impressed Julie Robenhymer.

She writes of the two “hey had great puck movement, played with confidence and made smart decisions. They have an advantage because they played together last year and already have chemistry, but if it ain’t broke….”

His defense partner was Matt Grzelcyk who was a third round pick of the Bruins.

JT Miller had an assist in the game.

Read: The Role Brady Skjei Could Have At The World Juniors

At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters looks at the defensemen who were invited to the Team USA World Juniors camp and says of Rangers first round pick Brady Skjei “I think they’ll have a tough time keeping Skjei off the final roster no matter what. He has good size, plays smart and will be a weapon on international ice potentially.”

Peters adds that Skjei is the best skating defenseman in the USA camp and that he could be a key player in transition and to push an “up-tempo attack.”

Skjei has represented Team USA as a member of the Under 17 team and the Under 18 team over the past two years.

He will play for the University of Minnesota this coming season.

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Read: What College Will Do For Brady Skjei

Brady Skjei told MN Hockey Prospects that when he was playing high school hockey in Minnesota he was an offensive player who didn’t play much defense.

Skjei then went to play for the US National Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan and says that he became a much more complete defenseman.

On what he expects from going to college, Skjei told the NY Post, “I think going to Minnesota with their coaching staff will help my game a ton so I keep progressing over the next couple of years.”

On Skjei, Jeff Gorton said to the Rangers website “He is going to grow, play a lot and I see some similarities to Kreider. He are going to compete for championships and Michigan is a good place to develop.”

When asked to describe his game, Skjei told the Rangers website, “I would say I am a smooth skating two-way defenseman that can play on the PP but also play solid shutdown defense.”

Gorton added “he is a guy we had targeted for a while. He is a good shut down defenseman that can skate, comes from a good family and it fits in with what we have been doing the last five years.”

When asked to describe his game, Skjei told the Rangers website, “I would say I am a smooth skating two-way defenseman that can play on the PP but also play solid shutdown defense.”

Grant Sonier writes at ESPN Insider that Skjei is one year away from being able to play in the NHL. He says that the biggest obstacle to Skjei making the Rangers when he is ready is the amount of players the Rangers already have on the roster.