LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Four players eligible for the 2011 NHL entry draft went to Lake Placid (most famous in the hockey world for this moment) for the U.S. under-20 evaluation camp last week.
Two of these players -- defenseman Adam Clendening (Boston University) and forward Brandon Saad (Saginaw) -- survived the first cut, and both are potential top-10 picks come the June 2011 NHL draft. They will stick around for the midsummer minitournament against the Swedes and the Finns in the next few days.
Fourteen other invitees were sent home Monday, including the two other 2011 eligibles: forwards Matt Nieto (also from BU) and Nick Shore (Denver University). That's not so bad, though, when it comes to their draft stock. After all, two first-rounders (D Jarred Tinordi and F Jarred Tinordi) and three second-rounders (D Mark Alt, F Phil Lane, F Tyler Pitlick) from the 2010 draft class were sent home last year.
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