Prospect Ramblings – Elias Pettersson is a Mad Man & Picking Team Canada’s Roster

Cam Robinson

2017-12-08

Elias Pettersson looks to keep his torrid pace going for Team Sweden at the upcoming WJHC

 

Just a quick one today, folks… but you know what they say, sometimes the best things in life come in small packages.

 

…Although I’m pretty sure Johnny Gaudreau started that phrase.

 

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My esteemed colleagues, Peter Harling and Pat Quinn did a great job of outlining the recently released World Junior training camp rosters from a host of teams.

 

Instead of repeating what they said, I figured I would take a crack at projecting the Canadian’s final roster for you all.

 

This is an experiment fraught with pitfalls as there will surely be an injury or three that occurs between now and Boxing Day, as well as a surprise cut and on the flip side, a player or two who beats the odds and gets to wear their nation’s sweater this holiday season.

 

Team Canada

 

Goaltenders:

  1. Carter Hart
  2. Michael DiPietro
  3. Colton Point

 

Defensemen:

Dante Fabbro               Kale Clague

Dennis Cholowksi       Cale Makar

Jake Bean                     Cal Foote

Logan Stanley

 

Forwards:

Sam Steel – Michael McLeod – Jordan Kyrou

Jonah Gadjovich – Cody Glass – Nick Suzuki

Dillon Dube – Robert Thomas – Taylor Raddysh

Alex Formenton – Brett Howden – Boris Katchouk

 

Tyler Steenbergen

 

P.S. – just like life, don’t take the lines too seriously… you’ll never get out alive.

 

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I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that even though the Canadians invited a very large group to camp, some wildly talented players were going to be left off. That was case.

 

Most people pointed at Owen Tippett, who was playing in the NHL not too long ago, Cliff Pu, Michael Rasmussen, Adam Mascherin… but for my money, the player who deserved the invite the most, was Victoria Royals’ captain and Calgary Flames’ pick, Matthew Phillips.

 

What Phillips lacks in size (and boy do I mean lack – he stands 5’7 and weighs in a 141lbs), he more than makes up for in skill and smarts.

 

The 19-year-old forward has scored 71 goals in his last 101 WHL contests and has a career point-per-game average of 1.23 in 175 career games. He was very solid at the Summer Showcase and even potted a goal during the recent Canada-Russia Super Series.

 

In my opinion, he should’ve been given a chance at camp and could have been the absolute perfect 13th forward who can replace an injured top sixer when the inevitable injury arises.

 

C'est la vie.

 

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