It’s something that seems a bit strange to say, but in mid-August Team Canada is preparing for the Junior World Championship, which starts in two days. We remind you that this is because last winter’s edition was canceled due to COVID.
The bright side of all of this is that we will have some great hockey to watch before the NHL camps open in September.
Unfortunately, this atypical schedule means that many of the best players will not be in the tournament. The hopes of Canadian Juraj Slafkovsky, Filip Mesar and Kaiden Guhle could have participated, but will not.
As for Team Canada, nine players who were selected for the adventure have not returned this winter. This list includes, among others, Shane Wright, Owen Power and Xavier Bourgault.
But it’s a blessing in disguise. In fact, nine other players have been chosen and potential Habs customers Joshua Roy and Riley Kidney are among them.
💪 The kidney gained eight kilos this summer
🏒 A more “pro” game for Roy
🤩 A dream for the two young people
😏 Confident in their abilities
🥇 Aiming for the Gold Medal → https://t.co/x4Y3vfzWw2
– Behind the scenes (@DLCoulisses) August 5, 2022
These two youngsters had fantastic seasons in the QMJHL in 2021-22, when both reached the 100-point plateau. The invitation is fully deserved.
Today we finally got an idea of the Canadian team’s roster and received some great news. Roy, in fact, played on the left wing in the front row, alongside Mason McTavish and Connor Bedard.
Lines to the tests of the Team 🇨🇦 WJC
Johnson – Stankoven – Foerster
Cuylle – Desnoyers – Left-handed
Seeley – Thompson
Out: Del Mastro pic.twitter.com/cjV9B8uxFh
– Mark Masters (@markmasters) August 7, 2022
In just a few months the Quebecer went from not being included in the team, to evolving in line with two of the best Canadian players.
Even though he just turned 17, Bedard needs no introduction. He has just scored 51 goals in 62 WHL games and is considered the best candidate for the 2023 draft. In just two World Junior Championship games in December, he scored five points, including four goals.
For his part, McTavish was chosen third overall by the Ducks at the 2021 auction. He also scored five points in the shortened edition of the tournament.
For Roy, who was selected in the fifth round in 2021, this is a nice confirmation from manager Dave Cameron. If he is placed with such talented players, it is because the trainer he believes he will be able to perform at a high level.
For the Beauceron, this is a great opportunity to show the CH staff what he’s capable of. Dominating in the QMJHL is one thing, but facing the best of the international arena is another.
With a good tournament, he will arrive with a lot of momentum at the CH field.
For her part, Kidney hasn’t evolved into a regular trio. However, Cameron can dress 13 forwards, so the Nova Scotia center may see some plays.
The first matches of the 2022 World Junior Championship will begin on Tuesday and Canada will play their first match against Latvia on Wednesday.
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