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.
|Name||Ht.||Wt.||Born||Club team||Pro Status|
|JP Anderson||5'10||192||02/14/92||Mississauga (OHL)||SJ 2010|
|Calvin Pickard||6'1||203||04/15/92||Seattle (WHL)||COL 2010|
|Olivier Roy||5'11||186||07/12/1991||Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)||EDM 2009|
|Mark Visentin||6'1||198||08/07/1992||Niagara (OHL)||PHX 2010|
|Tyson Barrie||5'10||190||07/26/91||Kelowna (WHL)||COL 2009|
|Jared Cowen*||6'5||227||01/25/91||Spokane (WHL)||OTT 2009|
|Simon Despres||6'4||222||07/27/91||Saint John (QMJHL)||PIT 2009|
|Calvin de Haan*||6'1||189||05/09/1991||Oshawa (OHL)||NYI 2009|
|Ryan Ellis*||5'10||184||01/03/1991||Windsor (OHL)||NSH 2009|
|Brandon Gormley||6'2||192||02/18/92||Moncton (QMJHL)||PHX 2010|
|Erik Gudbranson||6'4||211||01/07/1992||Kingston (OHL)||FLA 2010|
|Brayden McNabb||6'4||219||01/21/91||Kootenay (WHL)||BUF 2009|
|Ryan Murphy||5'11||176||03/31/93||Kitchener (OHL)||2011 Draft|
|Ryan Murray||6'1||190||09/27/93||Everett (WHL)||2012 Draft|
|Dylan Olsen||6'2||223||01/03/1991||Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)||CHI 2009|
|Mark Pysyk||6'1||187||01/11/1992||Edmonton (WHL)||BUF 2010|
|Carter Ashton||6'3||219||04/01/1991||Regina (WHL)||TAM 2009|
|Michael Bournival||5'11||179||05/31/92||Shawinigan (QMJHL)||MTL/COL 2010|
|Casey Cizikas||5'11||191||02/27/91||Mississauga (OHL)||NYI 2009|
|Brett Connolly||6'2||181||05/02/1992||Prince George (WHL)||TAM 2010|
|Sean Couturier||6'3||192||12/07/1992||Drummondville (QMJHL)||2011 Draft|
|Cody Eakin||6'0||187||05/25/91||Swift Current (WHL)||WSH 2009|
|Marcus Foligno||6'1||200||08/10/1991||Sudbury (OHL)||BUF 2009|
|Brendan Gallagher||5'8||175||06/05/1992||Vancouver (WHL)||MTL 2010|
|Curtis Hamilton||6'3||202||12/04/1991||Saskatoon (WHL)||EDM 2010|
|Joey Hishon||5'10||171||10/20/91||Owen Sound (OHL)||COL 2010|
|Quinton Howden||6'3||192||01/21/92||Moose Jaw (WHL)||FLA 2010|
|Ryan Howse||5'11||194||07/06/1991||Chilliwack (WHL)||CGY 2009|
|Ryan Johansen||6'2||193||07/31/92||Portland (WHL)||CBJ 2010|
|Zack Kassian||6'3||226||01/24/91||Windsor (OHL)||BUF 2009|
|Louis Leblanc||5'11||181||01/26/91||Montreal (QMJHL)||MTL 2009|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||6'0||166||04/12/1993||Red Deer (WHL)||2011 Draft|
|Brandon Pirri||6'1||171||04/10/1991||Rockford (AHL)||CHI 2009|
|Brad Ross||5'11||174||05/28/92||Portland (WHL)||TOR 2010|
|Jaden Schwartz||5'10||184||06/25/92||Colorado (WCHA)||STL 2010|
|Riley Sheahan||6'2||204||12/07/1991||Notre Dame (NCAA)||DET 2010|
|Reilly Smith||6'0||161||04/01/1991||Miami University (CCHA)||DAL 2009|
|Linden Vey||6'0||185||07/01/1991||Medicine Hat (WHL)||LOS 2009|
|Garrett Wilson||6'2||205||03/16/91||Owen Sound (OHL)||FLA 2009|
|* - Returning Player|
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:
1. Buffalo – 4 prospects
2. Florida – 3 prospects
3. Colorado – 3 prospects
4. Montreal – 3 prospects
NHL teams with no prospects at camp:
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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