Team Canada Announces World Junior Camp Roster

BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 26: Forward Quinton Howden #12 of Canada prepares to shoot during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between Canada and Russia on December 26 2010 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster was unveiled today.  Here I present the players selected, with some stats for good measure:

Team Canada Selection Camp - Forwards

Player

Pos/S

Ht

Wt

Year

Hometown

Team

Drafted

Pts/G

Goals/G

Michael Bournival

C/L

5'11"

191

1992

Shawinigan-Sud, QC

Shawinigan (QMJHL)

 2010 (71)

1.50

1.00

Brett Bulmer

RW/L

6'3"

193

1992

Prince George, BC

Kelowna (WHL)

2010 (39)

1.50

0.60

Phillip Danault

C/L

5'11.5"

189

1993

Victoriaville, QC

Victoriaville (QMJHL)

2011 (26)

1.12

0.20

Phillip Di Guiseppe

F/L

6'1"

200

1993

Maple, ON

Michigan (CCHA)

Und.

0.75

0.44

Michael Ferland

LW/L

6'0.5"

210

1993

Swan River, MB

Brandon (WHL)

2010 (133)

1.50

0.61

Brendan Gallagher

RW/R

5'8"

178

1992

Tsawwassen, BC

Vancouver (WHL)

2010 (147)

1.61

0.83

Freddie Hamilton

C/R

6'0.5"

191

1992

St. Catherine's, ON

Niagara (OHL)

2010 (129)

1.43

0.57

Quinton Howden*

C/L

6'1.5"

187

1992

Oak Bank, MB

Moose Jaw (WHL)

2010 (25)

1.57

0.64

Jonathan Huberdeau

LW/L

6'1"

176

1993

Prevost, QC

Saint John (QMJHL)

2011 (3)

2.15

0.77

Boone Jenner

C/L

6'1"

205

1993

Dorchester, ON

Oshawa (OHL)

2011 (37)

1.23

0.50

Mark McNiell

C/R

6'1.5"

211

1993

Edmonton, AB

Prince Albert (WHL)

2011 (18)

0.81

0.33

Tanner Pearson

LW/L

6'0"

198

1992

Kitchener, ON

Barrie (OHL)

Und.

2.24

0.76

Zack Phillips

C/R

6'1"

178

1992

Fredericton, NB

Saint John (QMJHL)

2011 (28)

1.77

0.62

Ty Rattie

LW/R

5'11"

169

1993

Airdrie, AB

Portland (WHL)

2011 (32)

1.85

1.00

Max Reinhart

C/L

6'0.5"

180

1992

West Vancouver, BC

Kootenay (WHL)

2010 (64)

1.35

0.52

Brad Ross

LW/L

5'11"

174

1992

Lethbridge, AB

Portland (WHL)

2010 (43)

1.21

0.57

Mark Schiefele

C/R

6'1.5"

192

1993

Kitchener, ON

Barrie (OHL)

2011 (7)

1.82

0.55

Jaden Schwartz*

LW/L

5'9.5"

190

1992

Wilcox, SK

Colorado College (WCHA)

2010 (14)

1.55

0.45

Ryan Spooner

LW/L

5'10"

181

1992

Kanata, ON

Kingston (OHL)

2010 (45)

1.05

0.45

Mark Stone

RW/R

6'2.5"

206

1992

Winnipeg, MB

Brandon (WHL)

2010 (178)

2.07

0.86

Ryan Strome

C/R

6'0"

183

1993

Mississauga, ON

Niagara (OHL)

2011 (5)

1.38

0.81

Christian Thomas

RW/R

5'8.5"

170

1992

Toronto, ON

Oshawa (OHL)

2010 (40)

0.81

0.44

Tyler Toffoli

RW/R

5'11.5"

188

1992

Scarborough, ON

Ottawa (OHL)

2010 (47)

1.95

1.09

That is 9 forwards from the WHL (where Head Coach Don Hay comes from), 8 from the OHL,  4 from the QMJHL and 2 from the NCAA.  Only three forwards are producing at less than a point per game, and while I don't like the chances for Christian Thomas or Phillip Di Guiseppe, Mark McNiell is going to get a long look as a centre with size.  Only two forwards return from last year's silver medallists, and either of Jaden Schwartz and Quinton Howden would make a good Captain Canada. 

The highest scoring forward left off the list was 5'8" winger Jean-Gabriel Pageau of Gatineau (QMJHL).  His 1.82 points per game is higher than both of the other 5''8" wingers at gamp, Brendan Gallagher and Christian Thomas.  So size alone doesn't explain his absence, and those that say there is a bias against QMJHL or Quebecois talent can feel free to use that information, just cite me, please!

Join me after the jump for the defence and goaltending:

Team Canada Selection Camp - Defencemen

Player

Sh.

Ht

Wt

Year

Hometown

Team

Drafted

Pts/G

Goals/G

Nathan Beaulieu

L

6'1.5"

189

1992

Strathroy, ON

Saint John (QMJHL)

2011 (17)

0.88

0.27

Cody Ceci

R

6'1.5"

210

1993

Ottawa, ON

Ottawa (OHL)

Und.

1.04

0.21

Mathew Dumba

R

6'0"

172

1994

Calgary, AB

Red Deer (WHL)

Und.

0.82

0.32

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc

R

6'0.5"

186

1992

Quebec, QC

Rimouski (QMJHL)

2010 (68)

1.42

0.50

Brandon Gormley

L

6'1.5"

196

1992

Murray River, PEI

Moncton (QMJHL)

2010 (13)

1.18

0.45

Dougie Hamilton

R

6'4"

192

1993

St. Catherines, ON

Niagara (OHL)

2011 (9)

1.50

0.45

Scott Harrington

L

6'2.5"

200

1993

Kingston, ON

London (OHL)

2011 (54)

0.63

0.05

Brenden Kichton

R

5'11"

185

1992

Spruce Grove, AB

Spokane (WHL)

2011 (127)

0.95

0.14

Joe Morrow

L

6'0"

198

1992

Sherwood Park, AB

Portland (WHL)

2011 (23)

1.05

0.36

Ryan Murphy

R

5'10.5"

176

1993

Aurora, ON

Kitchener (OHL)

2011 (12)

0.67

0.00

Ryan Murray

L

6'0"

201

1993

White City, SK

Everett (WHL)

Und.

0.60

0.30

Jamie Oleksiak

L

6'6.5"

244

1992

Toronto, ON

Saginaw (OHL)

2011 (14)

0.29

0.17

Alex Petrovic

R

6'3.5"

202

1992

Edmonton, AB

Red Deer (WHL)

2010 (36)

0.92

0.08

Mark Pysyk

R

6'1.5"

187

1992

Sherwood Park, AB

Edmonton (WHL)

2010 (23)

0.60

0.05

If Jamie Oleksiak makes the team, Canada will be continuing its tradition of putting together a huge shutdown pairing.  Oleksiak is the only player without much of an offensive arsenal, so finding pointmen for the power play shouldn't be too tough.  There are no returning D, and with emphasis on winning on home ice, expect a bias towards the older players, as well as ones that have represented Canada in the past.  It will also be interesting to see how they divide between left and right hand shots. 

Significant absentees on the blueline include Duncan Siemens and Dylan McIlrath, both players who aren't as polished offensively as the group invited.  Canada might be emphasizing puck movement with this group.

Team Canada Selection Camp - Goaltenders

Player

Cat.

Ht.

Wt.

Year

Hometown

Team

Drafted

GP

SV%

Tyler Bunz

L

6'1"

206

1992

St. Albert, AB

Medicine Hat (WHL)

2010 (121)

20

.922

Louis Domingue

R

6'2.5"

204

1992

Mont St-Hilaire, QC

Quebec (QMJHL)

2010 (138)

16

.934

Mark Visentin*

L

6'1.5"

194

1992

Waterdown, ON

Niagara (OHL)

2010 (27)

17

.894

Scott Wedgewood

L

6'0.5"

194

1992

Brampton, ON

Plymouth (OHL)

2010 (84)

18

.906

So the numbers don't look good for Visentin, although I am starting to doubt the defensive accumen of the OHL as a whole.  I have 'seen Wedgewood good' a few times and was convinced he was the top OHL goalie, but the numbers of 2012 draft eligible Malcolm Subban stick out too much....  he should've been invited for a .935 SV% in the free-wheeling OHL.  Meanwhile, the undrafted Ty Rimmer's .941 SV% for Tri-City of the WHL seems like it should be here as well.  Visentin's technique better be in top form in camp, because his numbers don't justify his invitation back. 

I'll have more analysis as well as my projected final roster later.

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