The CHL has begun announcing their rosters for the always enjoyable Canada-Russia Super Series.
The six-game series also will see teams representing the WHL (Nov. 6-7), the QMJHL (Nov. 14, Nov. 16) and the OHL (Nov. 9 and 13).
These games are crucial for bubble players to crack the National team for this winter’s World Junior Championships as well as the upcoming draft crop.
What’s curious to note, is the WHL team is completely void of draft eligible players this year. This despite having some very strong 17-year-olds patrolling the Dub, including sure-fire first rounder – and likely top 10 selection, Ty Smith.
Meanwhile, the OHL has but one draft-eligible player in Evan Bouchard, pegged by many as a likely top-40 selection.
Years’ past has seen far more players from the upcoming crop be featured on these teams. Here’s hoping the QMJHL finds a home for a handful more for the draft junkies out there.
Canucks’ top prospect and the most recent fifth overall draft pick, Elias Pettersson has been playing exceptionally well as a SHL rookie. The 18-year-old forward currently leads his team in scoring with a goal and seven helpers in nine contests, to help propel Växjö near the top of the standings.