They finally made it. After summer selection camp, the World Junior showcase, a much-anticipated NHL loaner in Victor Mete and a few other late additions who weren’t invited to the summer showcase, the final 22 are setting their sights on Buffalo and their first game against Finland.
This year’s roster includes seven returning players in Carter Hart, (2013 HN POY) Dante Fabbro, Taylor Raddysh, Dillon Dube, Michael McLeod, Kale Clague and Jake Bean, plus fifteen more who will be looking to impress on the world stage.
Meet Team Canada.
DOB: 08/13/98 Sherwood Park, Alta.
WT: 180 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Philadelphia Flyers - Round 2, #48
WHL Draft: 2013 Everett Silvertips - Round 8, #158
Steps up in big situations and doesn't just make that one big save but shifts the momentum in his teams favour with his con dence. Super consistent.
DOB: 03/07/98 North Bay, Ont.
POS: G HT: 6'3" WT: 220 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Dallas Stars - Round 5, #128
OHL Draft: 2014 Erie Otters - Round 14, #279
Big body that covers the net but moves well for his size. Shows good patience and has exceptional rebound control. Plays strong positional game.
DOB: 09/18/98 Thorold, Ont.
POS: D HT: 6'1" WT: 182 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Colorado Avalanche - Round 2, #32
OHL Draft: 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Round 4, #79
Plays a physical game and will throw a big hit, battle in the corners and clears his net in front. Great puck movement in all three zones.
DOB: 06/09/98 Calgary, Alta.
POS: D HT: 6'1" WT: 169 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Carolina Hurricanes - Round 1, #13
WHL Draft: Undrafted
Tough to beat one-on-one, plays body well and will come away with the puck. Can quarterback the power play and will shoot the puck whenever he sees the chance.
DOB: 10/30/98 Calgary, Alta.
POS: D HT: 5'10" WT: 175 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Colorado Avalanche - Round 1, #4
WHL Draft: 2013 Medicine Hat Tigers - Round 8, #164
Phenomenal skater who can get up and down ice closing sizeable gaps to get back into position. Exceptional vision. Can make impossible passes tape to tape.
DOB: 12/13/98 Kelowna, B.C.
POS: D HT: 6'4" WT: 210 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Tampa Bay Lightning - Round 1, #14
WHL Draft: 2013 Kelowna Rockets - Round 2, #43
Great skater in both directions, quick on his edges and can cover the ice effectively. Hard slap shot and keeps it low which leaves rebounds for forwards to clean up.
DOB: 06/05/98 Lloydminster, Alta.
POS: D HT: 6'0" WT: 177 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Los Angeles Kings - Round 2, #51
WHL Draft: 2013 Brandon Wheat Kings - Round 1, #6
Knows how to shut down the rush and rarely gets beat on the outside. Natural skater who likes to skate the puck out of the zone and navigates traffic really well.
DOB: 06/20/98 Coquitlam, B.C.
POS: D HT: 6'1" WT: 192 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Nashville Predators - Round 1, #17
WHL Draft: 2013 Seattle Thunderbirds - Round 1, #8
2013 HockeyNow POY. Smooth skating mobile defender with good vision, rarely panics or turns the puck over. Status: lower body injury could sideline Fabbro's second WJC appearance.
DOB: 06/07/98 Woodbridge, Ont.
POS: D HT: 5'10" WT: 178 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Montréal Canadiens - Round 4, #100
OHL Draft: 2014 Owen Sound Attack - Round 1, #8
Undersized puck-moving D-man who plays strong offensive game – will carry puck deep into offensive zone. Creative playmaker with great vision. Super accurate passer.
DOB: 05/05/98 St. Albert, Alta.
POS: D HT: 6'1" WT: 190 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Anaheim Ducks - Round 3, #85
WHL Draft: 2013 Red Deer Rebels - Round 2, #36
Late addition to Team Canada pre-tournament. If he makes the cut, Canada will gain smooth skating offensive d-man who brings dangerous weapons from the point.
DOB: 07/20/98 Cochrane, Alta.
POS: C/RW HT: 5'11" WT: 186 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Calgary Flames - Round 2, #56
WHL Draft: 2013 Kelowna Rockets - Round 1, #21
Solid penalty killer, sacrifices his body blocking shots and transits to offence by using breakaway speed out of neutral zone. Creates a lot of turnovers; real, hard shot.
DOB: 10/12/98 Whitby, Ont.
POS: LW HT: 6'2" WT: 201 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Vancouver Canucks - Round 2, #55
OHL Draft: 2014 Owen Sound Attack - Round 2, #39
Loves to shoot, effective on the power play; plays gritty style. Real competitive and is the type of player you want on your team.
DOB: 06/18/98 Waterloo, Ont.
POS: LW HT: 6'3" WT: 190 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Tampa Bay Lightning - Round 2, #44
OHL Draft: 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Round 2, #33
Dangerous two-way forward who never gives up and makes something happen most shifts. Tenacious forechecker, good hockey sense.
DOB: 01/08/99 Longueuil, Que.
POS: LW HT: 6'2" WT: 199 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Anaheim Ducks - Round 2, #50
QMJHL Draft: 2015 Victoriaville Tigres - Round 1, #3
Truly dominant force; has quick separation speed and acceleration combined with a hard, powerful, sizeable strides. Complete 200-foot player.
DOB: 02/18/98 Caledon, Ont.
POS: RW HT: 6'2" WT: 209 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Tampa Bay Lightning - Round 2, #58
OHL Draft: 2014 Erie Otters - Round 1, #19
Goal scorer with ability to find open ice. Excellent hockey sense, uses body well to gain advantage and make plays; willing to drive net hard.
DOB: 01/07/98 Sylvan Lake, Alta.
POS: C/LW HT: 5'10" WT: 160 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Arizona Coyotes - Round 5, #128
WHL Draft: 2013 Swift Current Broncos - Round 1, #12
Incredible scoring touch – sits at 61 points in only 27 games so far this season. Above average skater, great speed, watch out for his hard wrist shot.
DOB: 04/27/98 New Minas, N.S.
POS: C HT: 6'2" WT: 188 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Ottawa Senators - Round 4, #121
QMJHL Draft: 2015 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles - Round 6, #97
Dangerous on the PP; plays with a chip on his shoulder and makes himself very tough to defend and knock off the puck.
DOB: 02/03/98 Mississauga, Ont.
POS: C HT: 6'2" WT: 195 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 New Jersey Devils - Round 1, #12
OHL Draft: 2014 Mississauga Steelheads - Round 1, #5
Pure skater, combines size and speed to give himself a on ice presence felt by very few in the OHL. Natural leader on the ice.
DOB: 03/29/98 Oakbank, Man.
POS: C HT: 6'3" WT: 191 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Tampa Bay Lightning - Round 1, #27
WHL Draft: 2013 Moose Jaw Warriors - Round 1, #5
Intimidating presence; will battle hard in front and in the corners with a real physical edge. Has a real long reach that he uses to protect the puck.
DOB: 02/03/98 Sherwood Park, Alta.
POS: C HT: 6'0" WT: 180 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 Anaheim Ducks - Round 1, #30
WHL Draft: 2013 Regina Pats - Round 1, #2
Oozes hockey IQ and has ability to have game either slow down or speed up to his pace. Cycles well along the perimeter and head is always on a swivel.
DOB: 09/13/99 King City, Ont.
POS: LW HT: 6'2" WT: 175 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 Ottawa Senators - Round 2, #47
OHL Draft: 2015 London Knights - Round 11, #216
Displays elite speed in all zones on the ice and is relentless on the forecheck. Will get to dirty areas on the ice and battle for space.
DOB: 05/08/98 Toronto, Ont.
POS: C/RW HT: 6'0" WT: 177 lbs
NHL Draft: 2016 St. Louis Blues - Round 2, #35
OHL Draft: 2014 Sarnia Sting - Round 2, #38
Brings intensity to every shift; soft hands around the net with a good scoring touch. Strong on the puck and battles well below the goal line.
DOB: 07/02/99 Aurora, Ont
POS: C HT: 6'0" WT: 188 lbs
NHL Draft: 2017 St. Louis Blues - Round 1, #20
OHL Draft: 2015 London Knights - Round 2, #26
Slick hands and can stickhandle through defenders keeping his head up while still making a pass going at top speed. Real deceptive shot.
With excerpts from Marshall Mackinder (HockeyNow Prospect Profiles) and ISS Hockey
See our full 2018 World Junior Preview in our Digital Edition or read each section online:
HockeyNow 2018 WJC Panel Predictions
Canada Against the World: Who Could Stand in the Way of World Junior Gold
Canada Shaking Things Up with Makar, Point, Fabbro
Mahura Joins WHL’s World Junior Heavy Hitters Led By Hart
Mete, McLeod, Raddysh Lead OHL Charge at 2018 World Juniors
Comtois and Batherson Come Through for Q at WJC
Cale Makar’s 2017 Just Keeps Getting Better
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3) Ontario Hockey Association Announces 2017-18 Prospects
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