Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Team Canada World Junior Hockey Championship 2017

As an avid reader will be well aware of that the World Junior Hockey Championships are one of my biggest passions and with that  being said what I've constructed this evening is a Selection Camp roster for who I suspect we'll see invited to the evaluation camp and furthemore who we'll see crack the twenty two man lineup ultimately. Regarding the junior eligibles playing in the National Hockey League, the ones that aren't even being given consideration are Connor McDavid(this one not worth explaining), Travis Konecny on Philadelphia and Jakob Chychrun. Travis has comfortably squeezed himself into a top nine role and as Ron Hextall has said a plethora of times he's not going to send somebody back who's contributing seamlessly to the common team goal. On a personal basis I feel as if a trip to the World Juniors in front of families and friends would do wonders for Travis' confidence but I'll take his word for the Flyers intentions. The New York Islanders have Anthony Beauvillier in the lineup and very much like the Konecny situation I would lean towards re-assigning him to juniors/U-20's but unlike the Flyers plight I think we stand a superb chance of seeing Anthony play in the tournament. The Arizona Coyotes have three juniors who are polar opposites but at the end of the day for  a re-tooling team I think two are near locks to don the Red and White in Lawson Crouse and Dylan Strome. You're probably thinking to yourself, why would the Coyotes favor sending Crouse and Strome back who have already experienced the World Junior rigors, in Crouse's case twice but decide against Chychrun?  A couple reasons for this, most importantly the role that Chychrun has earned with Arizona is more concrete compared to the fringe ice time both Dylan and Lawson have inherited along with the fact that injuries have decimated the defensive core and even though I was confident that Jakob wouldn't sent be back long before tonight, the injury sustained in tonight's NHL game between the Calgary Flames and the Arizona Coyotes that saw stud Oliver Ekman-Larsson get walloped by Michael Ferland may have sealed his fate in staying with the big club. Sans McDavid I've realized there's a slight possibility that all five could be returned but for the sake of this piece I am choosing to include the three(Crouse,Strome, and Beauvillier) while including three selection camp alternates in the oft chance they're not sent back. Pertaining to the numbers that have been invited to the camp historically I'm aware it does vary each December but I've elected to include twelve defenceman, eighteen forwards and three goaltenders. This is a rough ball park estimate and from there I will pare it down to who I perceive will be named to the final roster. Hope you enjoy!.

*****FYI the Selection Camp roster is alphabetical*****

Callum Booth(Halifax QMJHL)
Carter Hart(Everett WHL)
Conor Ingram(Kamloops WHL)

Frederic Allard(Chicoutimi QMJHL)
Jake Bean(Calgary WHL)
Thomas Chabot(Saint John QMJHL)*
Dante Fabbro(Boston U NCAA)*
Samuel Girard(Shawinigan QMJHL)*
Brendan Guhle(Prince Albert WHL)*
Nicolas Hague(Mississauga OHL)
Noah Juulsen(Everett WHL)*
Jeremy Lauzon(Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL)*
Phillipe Myers(Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL)
Mitchell Vande Sompel(Oshawa OHL)
Parker Wotherspoon(Tri-City WHL)

Replacement #1:Kyle Capobianco(Sudbury OHL)
Replacement #2:Connor Hobbs(Regina WHL)
Replacement #3:Garrett McFadden(Guelph OHL)


Matt Barzal(Seattle WHL)*
Anthony Beauvillier(New York Islanders/Shawinigan)
Anthony Cirelli(Oshawa OHL)
Lawson Crouse(Arizona/Kingston)*
Pierre-Luc Dubois(Cape Breton QMJHL)
Julien Gauthier(Val'dor QMJHL)*
Jansen Harkins(Prince George WHL)
Mathieu Joseph(Saint John QMJHL)*
Tyson Jost(North Dakota NCAA)*
Adam Mascherin(Kitchener OHL)*
Nolan Patrick(Brandon WHL)****Currently hurt, status in doubt)
Nicholas Roy(Chicoutimi QMJHL)
Tyler Soy(Victoria WHL)
Blake Speers(Sault Ste.Marie OHL)*****currently hurt, status in doubt***
Sam Steel(Regina WHL)
Mitchell Stephens(Saginaw OHL)*
Dylan Strome(Arizona/Erie)*
Austin Wagner(Regina WHL)

Replacement #1: Pascal Laberge(Victoriaville QMJHL)
Replacement #2:Michael McLeod(Mississauga OHL)
Replacement #3:Zach Senyshyn(Sault Ste.Marie OHL)
Replacement #4:Nick Merkley(Kelowna WHL)

My Projected Lineup:

LW                                    C                                                     RW

Jost                                Barzal                                             Strome
Gauthier                        Beauvillier                                        Patrick
Crouse                           Stephens                                          Mascherin
Speers                            Dubois                                              Joseph

-If Patrick can't go hense can't fulflll a top six role then Sam Steel will have a place on this team.
-If Speers can't go hense can't fulfill a bottom six role then Austin Wagner slides up to the fourth line and Anthony Cirelli secures a place on this team.

LD                               RD
Juulsen                        Chabot
Lauzon                        Bean
Fabbro                        Girard




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