The U.S. world junior team does not include one of its leading scorers of a year ago.
And we're not talking about Phil Kessel of the Boston Bruins, who will not be released for the world junior championship later this month in Sweden.
Bobby Ryan of the Owen Sound Attack, who was third in U.S. scoring last winter in Vancouver, has been left off the American side. Ryan, the second pick overall (by the Anaheim Ducks) after Sidney Crosby was taken first in the 2005 NHL entry draft, has 43 points in 28 games for Owen Sound.
The only two OHL players on the U.S. roster, released last night, are London Knights rookie Patrick Kane and Owen Sound's Trevor Lewis. Kane is tied for the OHL scoring lead with Knights teammate Sam Gagner. Each has 60 points.
The Americans, who play Canada on the second day of the tournament, have eight players back from last winter when they finished fourth.
Included in that group are goalie Jeff Frazee, defencemen Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Brian Lee and Taylor Chorney, and forwards Nate Gerbe, Jack Skille and Peter Mueller.