For the 43 players at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, Monday marks their final chance to showcase themselves and give coach Don Lucia and his staff a reason for them to survive the round of cuts that will be announced Tuesday morning.
For USA Blue defenseman Will Butcher, there wasn't much more about his game for him to showcase in a 4-3 loss to Sweden on Monday at Herb Brooks Arena.
Want to see his skating? Butcher went end-to-end to set up a goal in the third period. How about his shot? He showed touch and accuracy on a second-period shot from the point that floated past Sweden goalie Marcus Hogberg, and then brought the heat with a rocket from the top of the left circle that got past Hogberg in the third.
"I felt good towards the second half of the game, it was clicking for me," Butcher said. "I could see the plays being made in front of me. I think that was kind of how it went today. Hopefully it keeps going that way for the rest of camp -- if I'm lucky to stay."
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