Cal Petersen has excelled against college players. He’ll get the chance to see what he can do against professionals.
The Sabres goaltending prospect was one of the first 15 players named to the U.S. world championship team, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. The worlds will be held May 5-21 in Paris and Cologne, Germany.
Petersen went 23-12-5 with a .926 save percentage at Notre Dame this season, leading the Fighting Irish to the Frozen Four. The junior has made 90 straight starts. Buffalo selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
The Sabres want to sign him and make him the starter in Rochester next season, but General Manager Tim Murray said Tuesday the goalie has yet to decide if he’ll leave school. Petersen’s world championship experience could influence his decision.
USA Hockey has also selected Sabres video coach Adam Nightingale for the world championship team. He will serve as the video coordinator.
The other players on USA Hockey’s initial roster include former Sabres prospect J.T. Compher, Detroit forward Dylan Larkin and New York Islanders forward Anders Lee. The other goaltenders are Detroit's Jimmy Howard and Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck.