RSVP – Team Canada World Juniors Selection Camp Invitees Named

Countdown To Buffalo, N.Y.

2011 WJCs U20s

Christopher Ralph is THW’s prospect and draft analyst

It’s the be all and end all for many hockey fans and media– especially those with a special interest in the young guns of the game. It is a chance for the futures of the game to shine on a world stage, and for viewers to get to see these young athletes compete against many of their top peers.Ryan Ellis {TotalPhoto: Leon T Switzer}

Preposterous NHL contracts are out the window. Passion. National pride. Youthful enthusiasm. Everything that’s right about the game of hockey is portrayed in its finest form at the World Junior Championships.

Today, the countdown to Buffalo unofficially begins as Hockey Canada announced invitees to their December team selection camp.

Here then are the invitees; they still have their work cut for themselves to make the final, always deep squad.


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A trio of defensemen are the potential returnees:  Ryan Ellis, Jared Cowen and Calvin de Haan.

As TSN noted:

In total, 18 first-round draft picks were named to the selection camp roster. The selection camp takes place from December 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.

Canada will be looking to win its sixth gold medal in seven years, with the tournament set to begin in Buffalo on Boxing Day. You can see all of Canada’s games on TSN, including the opener against Russia on Dec. 26 at 4pm et/1pm pt.

Canada won silver last year in Saskatoon after an overtime loss to the U.S. in the gold-medal game.”

Breakdown by draft year:

  • 2009: 1 Goalie, 7 Defensemen, 11 Forwards
  • 2010: 3 Goalies*, 3 Defenseman, 10 Forwards
  • 2011: 1 Defenseman, 2 Forwards
  • 2012: 1 Defenseman

*J.P. Anderson was 2010 draft eligible; he went undrafted but was signed in the off-season by the San Jose Sharks.

Top 4 Teams represented:

Islanders Future "QB" Calvin de Haan #24 {Credit - Dustin Hall}

1. Buffalo – 4 prospects
2. Florida – 3 prospects
3. Colorado – 3 prospects
4. Montreal – 3 prospects

NHL teams with no prospects at camp:
New Jersey
NY Rangers

Breakdown by leagues

  • WHL 1 Goalie, 5 defensemen, 11 forwards (See THW’s Kelly Friesen’s analysis)
  • OHL 2 Goalies, 4 defensemen, 5 forwards
  • QMJHL 1 Goalie 2 defensemen, 3 forwards
  • NCAA 1 defensemen, 2 forwards
  • WCHA 1 forward
  • AHL 1 forward


Brandon Gormley to be evaluated by doctors in Phoenix but is unlikely to be able to attend camp or be ready for the WJCs.


From Hockey Canada:


Twelve (12) players (Tyson Barrie, Michael Bournival, Casey Cizikas, Brett Connolly, Jared Cowen, Calvin de Haan, Cody Eakin, Ryan Ellis, Marcus Foligno, Brayden McNabb, Mark Pysyk, Garrett Wilson) are currently captains of their respective teams, and fifteen (15) players are alternate captains

Vital statistics:

  • Average age: 19 years, 1 month, 23 days (as of December 26, 2010)
  • By year of birth: 1991 (21 players), 1992 (14 players), 1993 (3 players)
  • Youngest player: Ryan Murray (9/27/1993)
  • Oldest player: Ryan Ellis/Dylan Olsen (1/3/1991)
  • Average height: 6’0.5”
  • Average weight: 193 lbs

Notable Omissions (but keep an eye on):

Scott Glennie

Tyler Toffoli

Taylor Doherty

Christian Thomas

Ryan Martindale

Peter Holland

Stefan Elliott

Taylor Beck

Greg McKegg

Brenden Ranford

Dylan McIlrath

Alex Petrovic

Shots From The Slot: Jordan Eberle (watch the point prowess of Ryan Ellis as he holds the puck in at the blueline in a game-saving play):

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