The roster for Team Canada is now complete and ready to roll! The team made its last cut on Sunday after the 3-0 loss against Sweden sending Felix Girard back to is Junior team. Now the pressure of being cut is not on the players shoulders anymore and should be able to play without the fear of f#$king up.
Based on the 3 exhibition game, I’m guessing that team Canada won’t a dominating team, but a pretty good 2-way team. This roster isn’t filled with ultra talented offensive guys or a grade A goaltender, but every player in this line-up performs extremely well in both ends of the ice.
And after almost losing Math Dumba to a suspension on an illegal knee, coach Sutter seemed happy that he’s not going to get suspended after all and that he’ll be able to work with 6 defensemen.
Another great new is Jonathan Drouin’s return to the game after is concussion suffered on December 6th, the 3rd draft overall in 2013 looked rusty in the game against Sweden, but again the Swiss team he was on fire, and that’s exactly what team Canada needs. We also can’t forget about Connor McDavid, one of the few to play for team Canada at 16 years old, played really good and added to the offensive game of team Canada in a big way during the exhibition games.
Team Canada is starting the tournament against Germany on Boxing Day, check out the full world junior schedule for the rest of the games.
Team Canada’s World Junior Roster
Jonathan Drouin (Mooseheads de Halifax, QMJHL)
Frédérik Gauthier (Océanic de Rimouski, QMJHL)
Charles Hudon (Saguenéens de Chicoutimi, QMJHL)
Anthony Mantha (Foreurs de Val-d’Or, QMJHL)
Josh Anderson (Knights de London, OHL)
Bo Horvat (Knights de London, OHL)
Scott Laughton (Generals d’Oshawa, OHL)
Connor McDavid (Otters d’Erie, OHL)
Kerby Rychel (Spitfires de Windsor,OHL)
Curtis Lazar (Oil Kings d’Edmonton, WHL)
Taylor Leier (Winterhawks de Portland, WHL)
Nic Petan (Winterhawks de Portland, WHL)
Sam Reinhart (Ice de Kootenay, WHL)
Chris Bigras (Attack d’Owen Sound, OHL)
Aaron Ekblad (Colts de Barrie, OHL)
Matt Dumba (Wild du Minnesota, LNH / Rebels de Red Deer, WHL)
Josh Morrissey (Raiders de Prince Albert, WHL)
Adam Pelech (Otters d’Erie, WHL)
Derrick Pouliot (Winterhawks de Portland, WHL)
Griffin Reinhart (Oil Kings d’Edmonton, WHL)
Zachary Fucale (Mooseheads de Halifax, QMJHL)
Jake Paterson (Spirit de Saginaw, OHL)