Hockey Canada announced the 22 players who will represent Canada at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships and while those 22 lucky young men are sure to be feeling a great deal of elation right now, the players who weren’t so lucky are sure to be dealing with a terrible feeling of dejection. Here are the players that head coach Don Hay and his staff decided to go with and they players they decided to go without:
2012 Team Canada Roster:
Mark Visentin– Niagara IceDogs (OHL), Scott Wedgewood– Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Nathan Beaulieu– Saint John SeaDogs (QMJHL), Brandon Gormley– Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL), Dougie Hamilton– Niagara IceDogs (OHL), Scott Harrington– London Knights (OHL) Ryan Murray– Everett Silvertips (WHL), Jamie Oleksiak– Saginaw Spirit (OHL), Mark Pysyk– Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Michael Bournival- Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL), Brett Connolly– Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), Brendan Gallagher– Vancouver Giants (WHL), Freddie Hamilton– Niagara Icedogs (OHL), Quinton Howden– Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), Jonathan Huberdeau– Saint John SeaDogs (QMJHL), Boone Jenner– Oshawa Generals (OHL), Tanner Pearson– Barrie Colts (OHL), Mark Scheifele– Barrie Colts (OHL), Jaden Schwartz– Colorado College (WCHA), Devante Smith-Pelly– Anaheim Ducks (NHL), Mark Stone– Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), Ryan Strome– Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
BY THE NUMBERS:
Players By League: OHL-10, WHL-5, QMJHL-4, NHL-2, NCAA-1
Niagara Contingent: The Niagara IceDogs roster will look a whole lot different for the next few weeks as they will be without four players who will play for team Canada; Ryan Strome, Freddie Hamilton, Dougie Hamilton, and Mark Visentin. Freddie and Dougie will become the first brothers to play for the team since 1982.
NHL Help: For the first time since 2005 when Patrice Bergeron was loaned to the squad, Team Canada will have the aid of two players from the NHL: Brett Connolly of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Devante Smith-Pelly of the Anaheim Ducks.
1st Round Galore: 12 of the 22 players on the roster were selected in the fist-round of the NHL draft. Add in the 2012 eligible Ryan Murray and 60% of team Canada is made up of first-round NHL draft picks.
Injuries Give Others Hope: With injuries to forwards Quinton Howden and Jonathan Huberdeau leaving their status in question, the doors may again become opened for those who were cut on the final day.
Final Camp Day Cuts:
Goalies: Tyler Bunz, Louis Domingue
Defencemen: Alex Petrovic, Ryan Murphy, Joe Morrow, Cody Ceci
Forwards: Tyler Toffoli, Brad Ross, Ty Rattie, Phil Di Giuseppe, Christian Thomas, Phillip Danault, Brett Bulmer
Surprises Among The Fallen:
The most glaring omission from the team is without question defenceman Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers. The first-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, Murphy is arguably the most talented offensive defenceman in major-junior hockey but his high-risk, high-reward style of play obviously wasn’t enough to claim a spot as Hay and his staff decided to go with a more steady and reliable group of blueliners.
Another surprise cut was Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s. A scorer of 57 goals a year ago, Toffoli has been the OHL’s top goal scorer for the past two seasons but that wasn’t enough to earn the LA Kings prospect a spot on what was his final chance at making the team.
Kelowna Rockets forward Brett Bullmer began the year playing with the Minnesota Wid but his nine games of NHL experience wasn’t enough to crack the team. However, he will likely be the first player to get the call should the injuries to Howden and Huberdeau force them out of action.