Taylor pleased with last workouts before Europe trip

Tuesday, 12.18.2012 / 4:02 PM

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tim Taylor knows a thing or two about the difficult task of putting together a roster for an international event.

In addition to serving as the current USA Hockey director of player personnel for the National Junior Team that will compete at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, later this month, Taylor has a long history as a veteran of two Olympic Winter Games and as assistant general manager and assistant coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Men's Team in Sarajevo.

Taylor took some time to speak with NHL.com following the three-day U.S. selection camp here at the New York Rangers' training facility. The team will now fly to Helsinki, Finland, to continue camp at the Tikkurila Valtti Arena, where exhibition matchups against Sweden and Finland are scheduled.

"The hardest challenge for us [evaluators] is the fact our players are scattered some are in college, some play major junior and some are with the [National Team Development Program] in Ann Arbor," Taylor said. "So it's hard to sort through that. Secondly, we have a limited number of days in December where we can sort through it.

"We're actually jealous of Canada's system where they can get their kids together in early December and have a five-day camp with two full teams and narrow it down from there. We only have three days here, and have a limited number of players before making the final cuts [on Dec. 22 in Finland]."