If the NTDP names a come back player of the year, 2011 Wisconsin recruit Jake McCabe is the heavy favorite to take home the hardware.
After missing basically 8-10 weeks to start the season with a stress fracture in his L-5 vertabrae in his lower back, McCabe has come back to the USA U18 squad and is playing like he never missed a beat.
McCabe by all accounts played well over in Sweden in the recent Four Nations tournament in which the United States took home the gold medal. He's continued his play back on US soil recording a goal and assist on Saturday night in a 5-2 victory over the Indiana Ice.
McCabes play over the weekend in a pair of USA victories was good enough to net him the USHL defensive player of the week award sponsored by CCM.
According to the release on the USHL website, "McCabe tallied two points (1g, 1a) and a plus-three rating in two victories for Team USA's Under-18 squad. The defenseman scored the team's first goal and assisted on another in the 5-2 win over Indiana on Friday. It was his first career USHL goal which came on his first shot on goal this season. McCabe also posted a game high plus-three rating in the contest. The 17-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisconsin has played three USHL games this season after competing in 35 games in 2009-10 for Team USA's Under-17 squad.
This weekend McCabe and his U18 teammates head to Maine where they will play a pair of games against D-3 schools Bowdoin College and Colby College.
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