Prospect Ramblings: Team Canada & Team USA Development Camps, NHL Draft (Jun 23)

Paul Zwambag

2016-06-23

2017 - World Junior Championships - photo courtesy: hockeycanada.caWorld Junior Camp Rosters have been announced for Canada and USA, the NHL Draft is tomorrow!

Team Canada has released their 2016-17 National Junior Team Development Camp Roster, nine players are returning to camp from last year’s 6th place team; defenseman Thomas Chabot (OTT), forwards Mathew Barzal (NYI), Anthony Beauvellier (NYI), Lawson Crouse (FLA), Julien Gauthier (’16 Draft), Travis Konecny (PHI), Mitchell Marner (TOR), Mitchell Stephens (TB) and Dylan Strome (ARI). Two 2017 Draft eligible players are invited; forward Nolan Patrick from the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) and defenseman Cal Foote from the Kelowna Rockets (WHL).

A couple of names that stand out that aren’t returnees, Jakob Chychrun (’16 Draft) was close to making the squad last year and will look to impress Team Canada this time around in camp, could also be motivated depending how the draft turns out tomorrow. Could be the top defensemen, but could also fall out of the Top 10. 2015 Memorial Cup game winning goal scorer Anthony Cirelli (TB) has been acknowledged for his hard work, invited for the first time to Development Camp. Cirelli’s story is a strange one, he made the Oshawa Generals out of training camp as an undrafted free agent. Tyson Jost (’16 Draft) will look to continue his incredible scoring pace at the International level. At the Under-18 World Championships in Grand Forks this past year, he recorded 6-9-15 in seven games (2.1 pts/gp). Jost was the leading scored in that tournament.

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Team Canada Under-18 Development Camp Roster can be found HERE.

Michael DiPietro, from the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) is likely the starting goaltender for the Under-18’s.

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Team Canada Under-17 Development Camp Roster can be found HERE.

Three names to keep an eye on at the Under-17’s and your draft list for ’99 born players; two defensemen drafted first overall in the OHL Draft Ryan Merkley (Guelph) and second overall Owen Lalonde (Sudbury). In the QMJHL draft forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx and defenseman Jared McIsaac both drafted by Halifax Mooseheads first and second overall.