Canada will also be hoping to have Bouchard fulfill that role. Losing both to the NHL would be a devastating blow for Canada but, again, that seems unlikely. However, there will be a limited number of roster spots for under-agers and four is already higher than anybody else is anticipating. Like Dach, Cozens is a big forward who can really put the puck in the net. Cozens, the extra forward in this projected scenario, could also take a spin on a “kid” line with Lafrenière and Dach. It seems Rasmussen will have a spot to lose at Red Wings’ training camp, so Team Canada shouldn’t be counting on him for the World Junior roster since the odds are likely less than 50-50. All rights reserved. Tough call there, but the coin flip probably goes to Lafrenière — the French phenom who scored 42 goals in the QMJHL as a rookie. Over 2 million monthly readers now come to THW for their hockey fix. Updated daily with news and features from over 130 writers worldwide. Line 3 pairs top-10 picks from the WHL in Rasmussen and Glass as well as the top two draft picks in Vegas Golden Knights history with Glass and Suzuki. Lines 3 and 4 are familiar by now — clearly, I like the makings of that Line 4, which didn’t change in any of these scenarios. Comtois would be the only returnee on my projected roster and thus the obvious choice to captain Canada. And Canada also boasts the frontrunner to go first overall in 2020. Canada's goaltenders are Jake Paterson of the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit and Zachary Fucale of the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads. SKINNY: Great vision. expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto SKINNY: Prototypical shut-down defender. SKINNY: A tower of power. Team Canada’s roster is set for the world junior hockey championship, opening Boxing Day in Toronto and Montreal: SKINNY: A workhorse with good size and athleticism. Won a gold medal with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver, B.C. NHL: Ottawa (drafted by Dallas, 101st overall, 2013). Leader-type. Line 2 is still an all-OHL line, with Hayton the holdover from the best-case scenario roster, while Foudy makes the cut without debate on the worst-case scenario roster and McLeod also gets his chance to represent Canada. SKINNY: Speed, offence and power with pretty good size. Minutes-eater. For those keeping count, my projected roster for Canada does feature four under-agers — three of the top-10 (arguably top-five) prospects for 2019 in Cozens, Dach and Byram, plus Lafrenière, who only turns 17 in October and isn’t draft-eligible until 2020. Republication or distribution of this content is 2015 World Junior Rosters Check out all the prospects playing in Toronto and Montreal on a full list of all 10 rosters for the competing nations at the 2015 World Junior Championship. The comparisons to Sidney Crosby began three years ago. That would be the best-case scenario, but it shouldn’t be the expectation. Line 2 would have Comtois mentoring under-agers Lafrenière and Dach, who have been linemates at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and seemed to develop instant chemistry there. Not with the NHL becoming more and more of a young man’s game, as several teams thrust teenagers into their lineup based on both skill and affordability. permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. SKINNY: Small, like dad Tie, but fast, skilled and explosive. (Judy Simpson/Tri-City Americans)Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is on the record in his belief that Michael Rasmussen of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans will be NHL-ready this season. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. SKINNY: Big, fast, drives the net hard. As a result, there will be high expectations on Hayton to be an impact player for Team Canada at the World Juniors since he’ll be the highest NHL pick on the roster, assuming he makes the cut. (Dayna Fjord/Portland Winterhawks)Cody Glass could become a key player for Canada at the World Juniors if as many as six other forward prospects turn into NHL players this fall. That, of course, depends on how many prospects from the Summer Showcase make the jump to the NHL this fall. SKINNY: Models himself after Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner. Projected top-10 pick. Penalty killer. Canada has played two if its three pre-tournament games, falling to Sweden 3-0 earlier Sunday in Angelholm, Sweden, after defeating Finland 4-2 on Dec. 20. Loves to play physical. Dynamic forward. Founded in 2009, The Hockey Writers is a premier destination for news and information on everything hockey. That count could be as high as eight, with those names — including the three returnees — already pencilled into Canada’s lineup. A second-round draft pick (47th overall) in 2017, Formenton already got into one regular-season game last year. Michael DiPietroeval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'thehockeywriters_com-leader-3','ezslot_7',683,'0','0'])); This is how I see it playing out, with Formenton (Ottawa), Rasmussen (Detroit), Vilardi (Los Angeles) and Thomas (St. Louis) cracking their NHL clubs, while Tippett (Florida), Comtois (Anaheim), Bouchard (Edmonton) and Dobson (New York Islanders) are returned to the junior ranks or at least loaned out for this tournament. Its final exhibition contest will take place on Dec. 23 against Switzerland. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)With the Ottawa Senators likely going into rebuild mode this season, Alex Formenton of the OHL’s London Knights might have the best chance of any Team Canada prospect when it comes to making the leap into the NHL this fall. That trio has taken occasional shifts together at the Edmonton tournament, looking unstoppable at that level. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. He’s an under-ager, but Dach has the size and scoring ability to force his way onto the World Junior team with a dominant first half. Tri-City (WHL) WPG ’13 (2, 59) In this worst-case scenario, Hunter would have to decide between his two Moose Jaw Warriors and between the two college blueliners. Having watched the Summer Showcase, mostly on television but attending Canada’s finale against the United States for a live viewing, and avidly following the Hlinka Gretzky Cup from afar on a daily basis, here are a few variations of how I foresee Canada’s roster taking shape for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'thehockeywriters_com-leader-2','ezslot_5',669,'0','0'])); Alex Formenton-Robert Thomas-Liam Foudy/Max Comtois. 5 pick in that same draft, is a real long-shot for the World Junior team, but he’s a sniper and should be a big-time riser coming out of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup after missing 25 games to injury as a WHL rookie with the Medicine Hat Tigers. With the focus shifting to 2019 — and the 2001-born prospects — Canada appears poised to rebound in the draft, with as many as three players ranked in the top five and a handful in the top 10. Forwards Felix Girard of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Hunter Shinkaruk of the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers, and defenceman Damon Severson of the WHL's Kelowna Rockets have all been released. SKINNY: Power-play specialist. The first overall pick in this summer’s NHL entry draft said that a fourth-place finish at least year’s world junior … presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution The defenceman are Adam Pelech, Chris Bigras, Aaron Ekblad, Josh Morrissey, Griffin Reinhart, Derrick Pouliot, and Mathew Dumba. SKINNY: Speed and skill with size. The chemistry between Bellerive and Cozens would factor into both making the cut in this worst-case scenario, while Line 4 remains the same from the best-case scenario roster. 2 and 3), is a cerebral player who reminds me a bit of Matt Barzal. Foudy and McLeod are both speedsters to complement Hayton’s all-around ability. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about The reality will probably be somewhere between those two extremes, with Hunter retaining a solid core and blending in a couple under-agers, providing they continue to develop and play up to their potential in the first half of the regular season.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_4',665,'0','0'])); In saying that, Hunter has evolved into a forward thinker and Canada’s roster could feature more under-agers than usual if the coaching staff decides to go with the best players over the oldest players. Pairing 2 is another near ideal fit, with Bouchard an offensive threat and Joseph more of an all-purpose type that can cover for his roving partner that reminds many of Washington’s John Carlson. SKINNY: Gifted, skilled and can dominate a game.
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