MONCON | The Team Canada Junior camp kicks off Friday in Moncton and the 32 invitees will have four days to convince Hockey Canada executives they have what it takes to earn a spot in the World Juniors, starting on December 26 in Moncton and Halifax. The newspaper You will be at the site for the camp and you will be presented with four files that you will need to look at carefully.
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Few positions available
A few hours before the start of their camp, ECJ learned that forwards Shane Wright (Seattle) and Dylan Guenther (Arizona), as well as defenseman Brandt Clarke (Los Angeles), had been loaned out by their respective teams for the tournament. Good news for the team, less good news for the players trying to gain a foothold in the tournament. Taking into account that the players who return from last summer’s edition -which is not necessarily automatic, it must be said- will have a place again this winter, there are eight attackers and four defenders whose position is practically acquired. You can probably throw in the names of top draft prospect Adam Fantilli and Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Kevin Korchinski and you’re left with three lines and five defenders. It will be played side by side, for the last available places.
How many Quebecers have CJD?
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Forwards Nathan Gaucher (Quebec), Zachary Bolduc (Quebec), Joshua Roy (Sherbrooke), Jordan Dumais (Halifax), defender Tyson Hinds (Sherbrooke) and goalkeeper William Rousseau (Quebec) are the six Quebecers present at the camp. Of these, Gaucher and Roy entered the tournament and won gold with ECJ last August. It will be interesting to see the possible fight between Jordan Dumais and Zachary Bolduc, two highly offensive players in the QMJHL who could fight for one of the last spots with the Canadian team. In Hinds’ case, his progress has been meteoric in recent years and he has a major card in his game: his head coach with Sherbrooke Phoenix, Stéphane Julien, is serving as an assistant at ECJ this year. He only has good words for him.
How many CH hopefuls with the team?
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The Habs have three of their prospects for the ECJ final camp: forwards Joshua Roy, Riley Kidney and Owen Beck. In Roy’s case, barring disaster, he should be on the team, as he played a big part in the gold hunt last August. Kidney, for his part, is also back but played a very limited role in the last tournament, being used as the 13th striker. He has a head start considering he was with the team, and his setup will dictate what happens next. In Beck’s case, it will be interesting to watch. Revelation of the Canadian’s last training camp, he presents himself to err, certainly, but also within a team that has very few available positions. His versatility could be an asset and if he knows a camp to match the one he had in Montreal, he could confuse the issue.
Who will be the starting goalkeeper?
This is perhaps the biggest question mark in ECJ as the tournament approaches. Benjamin Gaudreau, Tyler Brennan and Thomas Milic made up the trio of goalkeepers for the Canadian team that won gold at the 2021 Under-18 World Championship. All three will be present at camp and will be joined by William Rousseau, a goalkeeper who was never drafted. but who has established himself as a force in the QMJHL with the Remparts since last year’s playoffs. Gaudreau and Brennan seem to leave with the advantage, but the fight will be close and Rousseau should not be underestimated, coming into camp with confidence and no pressure.
Finally, let’s make a prediction about looking crazy on Monday, when Junior Team Canada completes their roster! But since the more the merrier, here’s our prediction for the final CJS roster.
- Brennan Othmann-Shane Wright-Dylan Guenther
- Adam Fantilli – Connor Bedard – Logan Stankoven
- Joshua Roy – Nathan Gaucher – Zachary Bolduc
- Riley Kidney-Owen Beck-Zach Ostapchuk
Extras: Reid Schaefer and Ryan Greene
- Olen Zellweger – Brandt Clarke
- Kevin Korchinski-Carson Lambos
- Ethan Del Mastro – Nolan Allan
Extras: Tyson Hinds and Jack Matier
- Tyler Brennan
- Thomas Milic
- William Rousseau
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