Canada unveiled their camp roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship.
The tournament will be hosted jointly between Toronto and Montreal, and kicks
off on Boxing Day (surprise, surprise).
Of the 29
players under the age of 20 invited to camp, Winnipeg has the most players
taking part in this camp with three. The next closest teams are Anaheim,
Buffalo, Dallas and Philadelphia, all who have two players attending Canada’s
National Junior camp.
been on a five-year skid of not winning gold at the World Junior Championships,
during which the tournament has been won by the United States (2), Russia,
Sweden and Finland. Canada has also
slowly down the medal tables in recent years, earning silver the first two
years, bronze the third and failing to medal in the past two years.
Juniors has always been an important time for Canadians, and this year will be
no different. It’s gold medal or bust for these young Canadians, and the below
three Jets prospects will be looking to help bring Canada to its World Junior
Josh Morrissey – Prince Alberta Raiders
returns to camp for Canada, after being a member of the team that failed to
medal in last year’s tournament in Malmo, Sweden. The 19-year-old is one of
just two defencemen invited back to camp from last year’s team along with Chris
Bigras (Colorado). I expect that the young rearguard will be looking to build
off his one goal and two assists performance in Malmo. In 22 games this season with
the Raiders, Morrissey has six goals and 12 assists and is currently serving as
Chance of playing for Canada this December: 85%
Nic Petan – Portland Winterhawks [Centre]
Jets prospect looking to represent Canada for a second straight tournament,
Petan was one of Canada’s top scorers in the tournament with four goals and one
assist. The Winterhawks captain is just one of three forwards returning from
last year’s roster invited to camp this year, but will be in a battle with the
rest of Canada’s forwards for one of the 13 roster spots. Petan is currently
third on the Winterhawks in scoring with 29 points (5g 24a) in 22 games.
Chance of playing for Canada this December: 75%
Eric Comrie – Tri-City Americans
the lone Jets prospect that did not play for Canada in last year’s World Junior
Championship, but probably has the best chance of making this year’s team
because he is one of two goaltenders invited to camp. Now that doesn’t mean
he’s a lock to make the team, because Hockey Canada can decide to take another
goalie if Comrie or Zach Fucale fail to impress at camp, but they do have the
inside track for the time being. The Edmonton-native currently leads the WHL with
a 0.924 SV%, and has 13 wins in 22 games this season with the Americans. Comrie
has attended camp before, but failed to make the cut. Could this year be the
year for Comrie?
Chance of playing for Canada in December: 90%
you guys think? Will there be three Jets representing Canada this year or will
one of the prospects miss the cut? If so, who? Why? And what player will beat
comments and thoughts below.