The New Jersey Devils pipeline is filled with talent. That includes Devils prospect, Seamus Casey, who has made only positive impressions since he was drafted to New Jersey 46th overall in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft. On Monday, Team USA released its preliminary roster ahead of the World Junior tournament at the end of this month. Casey is one of 10 defensemen that received an invitation.
It’s the second time in as many seasons that Casey has been invited by Team USA to try out for their final World Junior roster. Last December, Casey didn’t end up as one of the final 25 members on USA’s roster. Instead, it was current Devils defenseman Luke Hughes who represented the red, white, and blue.
Although nothing is guaranteed, it appears Casey’s chances to head to the World Junior tournament this time around have significantly increased. Playing in his second season at the University of Michigan, the Wolverine’s defenseman is tearing up the NCCA having collected 23 points (four goals and 19 assists) in 18 games thus far.
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Casey has already put together a number of highlights this season. He’s drawn NHL comparisons to that of former Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green. The Devils certainly have to be thrilled with the trajectory Casey is currently on. Solidifying his name on a World Juniors roster would just be another feather in the sophomore defenseman’s cap.
Casey was a standout at the Devils’ development camp this summer as he was far and away the best player on the ice. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see him manning USA’s blue line in a few weeks.
The World Junior tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 26th, and last through Friday, Jan. 5th.