3 Canadiens prospects named to Team Canada World Junior selection camp

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Rob Williams Nov 29, 2016 4:23 pm

Hockey Canada has unveiled the list of 32 invitees who will battle for a spot on Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal beginning next month.

Three Montreal Canadiens prospects will participate in camp, including defencemen Noah Juulsen and Victor Mete, as well as goaltender Michael McNiven.

Juulsen was a first round pick of the Habs in 2015, and has 18 points in 21 games for the Everett Silvertips in the WHL this season after taking a step back offensively last year.

Mete was a fourth round pick by Montreal in June, and has 22 points in 24 games already for the London Knights.

McNiven was an undrafted free agent signing by Marc Bergervin in 2015 and has a .920 save percentage in 19 games with the Owen Sound Attack.

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Players will report to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in Blainville, Quebec from December 10 to 14.

Canada will play two exhibition games against the USport All-Stars on December 12 and 13, and one game against the Czech Republic on December 14.

Ten players will be cut at the end of the four-day camp, leaving 22 players to represent their country.

The selection camp roster includes 19 forwards, 10 defencemen, and three goaltenders. The evaluation process was led by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, and Joël Bouchard of the organization’s Program of Excellence management group, with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

“Congratulations to the 32 players named today to the National Junior Team selection camp roster,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and men’s national teams, Hockey Canada. “With the number of talented players across Canada, it is a difficult process to get to this point. We are confident that the 22 players who emerge from this camp will wear the Team Canada jersey with pride, and give Canada the best opportunity to play for gold on January 5th.”

There are five returnees from last year’s team, including: Mathew Barzal (Seattle, WHL), Thomas Chabot (Saint John, QMJHL), Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or, QMJHL), Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw, OHL), and Dylan Strome (Erie, OHL). They’ll be eager to make amends for last year’s disappointing finish that saw Canada finish third in their group before losing to Finland in the quarter-final.

Canada last won this tournament two years ago, the last time that Toronto and Montreal hosted.

“There have been a number of difficult decisions to make just to get us to this point, and I expect these players will continue to impress us and make the next round of decisions tough as well, which speaks to the talent Canada continues to produce on the ice,” said Jankowski. “We’re eager to get the players and our coaching and support staff together and get started.”

Canada kicks off the tournament on Boxing Day against Russia at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The gold medal final will take place January 5th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Single-game tickets go on sale on Wednesday.

Name Position Hometown Team
Nolan Patrick Forward Winnipeg, MB Brandon

(WHL)

Pierre-Luc Dubois Forward Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC Cape Breton

(QMJHL)

Nicolas Roy Forward Amos, QC Chicoutimi

(QMJHL)

Taylor Raddysh Forward Caledon, ON Erie

(OHL)

Dylan Strome Forward Mississauga, ON Erie

(OHL)

Dillon Dubé Forward Cochrane, AB Kelowna

(WHL)

Nick Merkley Forward Calgary, AB Kelowna

(WHL)

Michael McLeod Forward Mississauga, ON Mississauga

(OHL)

Brett Howden Forward Oakbank, Man Moose Jaw

(WHL)

Anthony Cirelli Forward Woodbridge, ON Oshawa

(OHL)

Sam Steel Forward Sherwood Park, AB Regina

(WHL)

Austin Wagner Forward Calgary, AB Regina

(WHL)

Mitchell Stephens Forward Peterborough, ON Saginaw

(OHL)

Mathieu Joseph Forward Chambly, QC Saint John

(QMJHL)

Zach Senyshyn Forward Ottawa, ON Sault Ste. Marie

(OHL)

Blake Speers Forward Sault Ste. Marie, ON Sault Ste. Marie

(OHL)

Mathew Barzal Forward Coquitlam, BC Seattle

(WHL)

Tyson Jost Forward Kelowna, BC U. of North Dakota

(WCHA)

Julien Gauthier Forward Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC Val-d’Or

(QMJHL)

Dante Fabbro Defence Coquitlam, BC Boston University

(HE)

Kale Clague Defence Lloydminster, AB Brandon

(WHL)

Jake Bean Defence Calgary, AB Calgary

(WHL)

Guillaume Brisebois Defence Saint-Hilaire, QC Charlottetown

(QMJHL)

Noah Juulsen Defence Abbotsford, BC Everett

(WHL)

Victor Mete Defence Woodbridge, ON London

(OHL)

Jérémy Lauzon Defence Val-d’Or, QC Rouyn-Noranda

(QMJHL)

Philippe Myers Defence Moncton, NB Rouyn-Noranda

(QMJHL)

Thomas Chabot Defence Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, QC Saint John

(QMJHL)

Samuel Girard Defence Roberval, QC Shawinigan

(QMJHL)

Carter Hart Goalie Sherwood Park, AB Everett

(WHL)

Connor Ingram Goalie Imperial, SK Kamloops

(WHL)

Michael McNiven Goalie Georgetown, ON Owen Sound

(OHL)

 


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Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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