Schremp in Team USA sights

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

While the London Knights have played themselves into the record book, Robbie Schremp may have played himself onto Team USA for the World Junior Championship. With the Knights on an OHL record roll of 25-0-1-0 to start the season, indications are Schremp, drafted 25th overall by the Edmonton Oilers last June, will be one of 10 players added by Team USA when its 22-man roster is announced Tuesday.

"I think I definitely deserve a look," Schremp said from his home in London yesterday amid reports Team USA brass has his name circled.

"I think I've been playing some pretty good hockey. I think I'm a more mature player than I was last year, more responsible. My game is more well-rounded now."

Schremp, 18, didn't crack the lineup with Team USA last year and he wasn't among the first 12 players named last month, but he's made himself difficult to ignore this time around.

The native Fulton, New York sits third in OHL scoring with 24 goals and 45 points and has been a key cog in London's record romp to start the season.

After having a decent, but not outstanding, camp with Team USA in August, Schremp's performance to this point has the decision-makers taking a long look at him.

"I really wanted to be there last year," said Schremp, who has 15 goals in his last 11 games and leads the OHL with 14 power-play goals. "I definitely want to be there this year, especially with it being in the States.

"That was one of my goals coming into this year. It's going to be a great team and it would be a great experience."

Schremp and the Knights will attempt to make it 27 straight games without a loss when they host Windsor tonight.

AROUND THE RINK... Greenville forward Carl Mallette has been named ECHL player of the month after tallying 8-8-16 in 12 games with the Grrrowl in November ... Greenville forward Tomas Micka has been assigned to the Toledo Storm of the ECHL by the Oilers.


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