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.
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.
*The table is “sortable” – that is, if you click on any of the headings it will sort them.
*The table is also searchable (top right hand corner of table).
*Just under the title, you can click “Show” and change the quantity you show on one page or you can simply click on bottom right hand corner of table to scroll through the players.
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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
Top 4 Teams represented:
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.
- Hockey Canada is hopeful that Brayden Schenn will be released from the Los Angeles Kings for the WJC.
- Other top eligible prospects such as Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Jeff Skinner are obviously not expected to be released for this tournament.
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
- 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):
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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