Team Canada World Junior Stock-Watch: October

The completion of a month of CHL action means that we are getting closer to one of the marquee events of the sports calendar (in Canada anyways); the World Junior Hockey Championships. Set to once again host the tournament, all eyes will be on team Canada as they look to recapture the gold medal which they’ve lost so heartbreakingly in each of the last two tournaments.

Here is how the players who received invitations to the Development Camp for team Canada fared during the first month of the season and how their chances at cracking the squad stack up against the competition:


Michael Bournival (Shawinigan Cataractes)- 7 GP, 10 G, 3 A, 13 Pts

Solid two-way center is on the shelf with an upper-body injury
Stock: Same

Phillip Danault (Victoriaville Tigers)- 15 GP, 4 G, 8 A, 12 Pts

One of many diminutive forwards has slim chance at making team
Stock: Same

Brendan Gallagher (VancouverGiants)- 10 GP, 11 G, 8 A, 19 Pts

Impressive NHL camp with Montreal has him on the verge of being a lock
Stock: Rising

Freddie Hamilton (Niagara Icedogs)- 14 GP, 9 G, 15 A, 24 Pts

Has arguably been the OHL’s most consistent forward to date
Stock: Rising

Patrick Holland (Tri-City Americans)- 15 GP, 1 G, 13 A, 14 Pts

Would have needed to score a whack of goals to compete with the other top playmakers
Stock: Same

Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)- 1 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 Pts

Returning winger would be a lock but a concussion currently has his status in question
Stock: (would be) Lock

Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John Sea Dogs)- 8 GP, 4 G, 12 A, 16 Pts

Third-overall pick in 2011 narrowly missed out on making the Florida Pathers and could be a potential scoring line center
Stock: Lock

Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals)- 13 GP, 7 G, 9 A, 16 Pts

Gritty two-way player could crack the roster as a third or fourth-line center
Stock: Rising

Lucas Lessio (Oshawa Generals)- 12 GP, 8 G, 6 A, 14 Pts

Gifted scorer has a more realistic chance to be on next year’s squad
Stock: Same

Greg McKegg (Erie Otters)- 10 GP, 2 G, 11 A, 13 Pts

Poor Erie team is hindering his production and hurting his chances
Stock: Falling

Matt Puempel (Peterborough Petes)- 14 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 Pts

Former CHL rookie of the year is coming off a hip injury and is struggling with his consistency so far this year
Stock: Falling

Ty Rattie (Portland Winterhawks)- 14 GP, 10 G, 11 A, 21 Pts

Quick skating winger is off to a great start and is improving his chances
Stock: Rising

Brett Ritchie (Sarnia Sting)- 11 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 Pts

Not quite having the offensive impact many expected he would
Stock: Falling

Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts)- 1 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 Pts

Taste of the NHL should only make him hungrier to prove his potential
Stock: Lock

Jaden Schwartz (Colorado College)- 2 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 2 Pts

Returning center is certain to see a top two-line role and is in the running to be named team captain.
Stock: Lock

Michael Sgarbossa (Sudbury Wolves)- 11 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 Pts

Probably needed to score at a greater clip than he currently is to have a chance.
Stock: Same

Mark Stone (Brandon Wheat Kings)- 13 GP, 9 G, 19 A, 28 Pts

Came close with a good camp and dominating season last year and is making sure they can’t say no this time around
Stock: Lock

Ryan Strome (Niagara Icedogs)- 7 GP, 5 G, 4 A, 9 Pts

Islanders first-rounder oozes skill and simply has to be on the team
Stock: Lock

Christian Thomas (Oshawa Generals)- 13 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 Pts

Unquestionable skill and scoring ability, but with many players of similar small stature vying for a spot, he will be in tough
Stock: Same

Tyler Toffoli (Ottawa 67’s)- 11 GP, 11 G, 12 A, 23 Pts

Should have been on the team last year so there will be no denying him this year
Stock: Lock


Nathan Beaulieu (Saint John Sea Dogs)- 13 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 Pts

Made a bid to make Montreal and looks poised to earn on a spot on the blue-line
Stock: Same

Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67’s)- 13 GP, 5 G, 10 A, 15 Pts

As a 1993 birth date up against some veteran d-men, it will be tough for him to make the roster but he is making a real push
Stock: Rising

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (Rimouski Oceanic)- 12 GP, 11 G, 15 A, 26 Pts

Ranks fifth in the Q in scoring. Possibly the biggest riser of any defensemen.
Stock: Rising

Brandon Gormley (Moncton Wildcats)- 12 GP, 7 G, 4 A, 11 Pts

Could have made it last year if not for a knee injury at camp and is all but guranteed a spot this year
Stock: Lock

Dougie Hamilton (Niagara Icedogs)- 13 GP, 7 G, 16 A, 23 Pts

Scoring at an unexpected pace and is closing in on lock status.
Stock: Rising

Scott Harrington (London Knights)- 12 GP, 0 G, 6 A, 6 Pts

Not really doing anything to catch the eye of the team Canada brass
Stock: Falling

Martin Lefebvre (Quebec Remparts)- 13 GP, 2 G, 13 A, 15 Pts

Solid two-way defender but not enough offense compared to the other offensive defensemen
Stock: Same

Joe Morrow (Portland Winterhawks)- 10 GP, 3 G, 8 A, 11 Pts

Excellent speed and mobility will give him a chance
Stock: Same

Ryan Murphy (Kitchener Rangers)- 6 GP, 0 G, 5 A, 5 Pts

If they are looking for this year’s Ryan Ellis, he is the guy. If not then he doesn’t make the team.
Stock: Same

Ryan Murray (Everett Silvertips)- 10 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 Pts

Tremendously poised defenseman has long been a favourite of Hockey Canada but he isn’t a lock just yet
Stock: Same

Jamie Oleksiak (Saginaw Spirit)- 14 GP, 4 G, 1 A, 5 Pts

This year’s version of Tyler Myers is likely a lock despite not being at his best so far in his first OHL season
Stock: Lock

Stuart Percy (Mississauga Majors)- 11 GP, 2 G, 7 A, 9 Pts

Leafs first-rounder continues to give himself a chance with solid play
Stock: Same

Matt Petgrave (Owen Sound Attack)- 15 GP, 4 G, 13 A, 17 Pts

Swift skating blue-liner had an excellent first month and is turning heads
Stock: Rising

Mark Pysyk (Edmonton Oil Kings)- 14 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 Pts

Physical defender is far from a lock but is in good standing
Stock: Same

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades)- 12 GP, 3 G, 6 A, 9 Pts

Rangy and tough defensive defenseman could be the most physical of all the rear-guards
Stock: Rising

Dillon Simpson (U. of North Dakota)- 6 GP, 0 G, 0 A

Will need to make major impressions at camp to have a chance
Stock: Falling


Tyler Bunz (Medicine Hat Tigers)- 13 GP, 9-4-0, 2.47 GAA, 0.92 save %

Leading the pack as one of the two net-minders and closing in on Visentin’s hold as the starter.
Stock: Rising

Louis Domingue (Quebec Remparts)- 7 GP, 4-1-2, 2.40 GAA, 0.93 save %

Came out strong with some impressive numbers but is splitting playing time in Quebec
Stock: Same

Mark Visentin (Niagara Icedogs)- 8 GP, 4-3-0, 3.04 GAA, 0.90 save %

The favourite to be the starter struggled early but is starting to turn it around
Stock: Lock

Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth Whalers)- 9 GP, 4-3-2, 3.69 GAA, 0.89 save %

Came into the season with an outside chance and hasn’t done anything to change that position yet.
Stock: Same

Others Who Could Earn An Invitation:

Mark McNeill, F, Prince Albert Raiders
Kevin Sundher, C, Victoria Royals
Jordan Weal, C, Regina Pats

David Musil, D, Vancouver Giants
Matthew Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels

Christopher Gibson, G, Chicoutimi Sagueneens