Three Habs Prospects Named To Team Canada Selection Camp Roster 

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by Matt Smith, Staff Writer/Social Media Specialist, All Habs Hockey Magazine

It’s that time of the year, hockey fans from across Canada will be glued to their televisions cheering on the future stars of the National Hockey League. Team Canada looks to rebound at home after an unsatisfactory sixth place finish during the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, losing to the tournament champions from Finland 6-5 in the quarterfinals.

Hockey Canada will hold a four day selection camp in Blainville, Quebec from December 11th to 14th playing two games versus a U Sports all-star team and one game against the Czech Republic before finalizing their roster.

Twenty-two players will materialize from the list below as the 2017 edition of Team Canada, who look to capture gold on home soil like they did in 2015 when the tournament was also hosted by Toronto and Montreal. Toronto will host the preliminary round for Team Canada. The medal round will be hosted by Montreal.

Group A

Czech Republic

Denmark

Finland

Sweden

Switzerland

 

Group B 

Canada

Latvia

Russia

Slovakia

United States

 

The WHL leads the way with 12 players invited to camp, followed by the QMJHL and OHL with nine, with two players named from the NCAA.

 

Team Canada

Camp Roster            
GOALTENDERS            
Name Team Catches Age HT WT DRAFT
Carter Hart Everett (WHL) L 18 6’1″ 170 Phi 2016
Connor Ingram Kamloops (WHL) L 19 6’1″ 195 Tam 2016
Michael McNiven Owen Sound (OHL) L 19 6’1″ 212 Mtl FA
DEFENCE            
Name Team Shoots Age HT WT DRAFT
Jake Bean Calgary (WHL) L 18 6’1″ 170 Car 2016
Guillaume Brisebois Charlottetown (QMJHL) L 19 6’2″ 187 Van 2015
Thomas Chabot Saint John (QMJHL) L 19 6’2″ 188 Ott 2015
Kale Klague Brandon (WHL) L 18 6’0″ 177 LA 2016
Dante Fabbro Boston University (NCAA) R 18 6’1″ 190 Nsh 2016
Samuel Girard Shawinigan (QMJHL) L 18 5’9″ 165 Nsh 2016
Noah Juulsen Everett (WHL) R 19 6’2″ 185 Mtl 2015
Jeremy Lauzon Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) L 19 6’2″ 207 Bos 2015
Victor Mete London (OHL) L 18 5’10” 180 Mtl 2016
Philippe Myers Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) L 19 6’4″ 206 Phi 2015
FORWARDS            
Name Team Shoots Age HT WT DRAFT
Mathew Barzal Seattle (WHL) R 19 6’0″ 187 NYI 2015
Anthony Cirelli Oshawa (OHL) L 19 6’0″ 165 Tam 2015
Dillon Dube Kelowna (WHL) L 18 5’10” 180 Cgy 2016
Pierre-Luc Dubois Cape Breton (QMJHL) L 18 6’3″ 202 Clb 2016
Julien Gauthier Val d’Or (QMJHL) R 19 6’4″ 224 Car 2016
Brett Howden Moose Jaw (WHL) L 18 6’3″ 190 Tam 2016
Mathieu Joseph Saint John (QMJHL) L 19 6’1″ 171 Tam 2015
Tyson Jost North Dakota (NCAA) L 18 6’0″ 190 Col 2016
Michael McLeod Mississauga (OHL) R 18 6’2″ 187 NJ 2016
Nick Merkley Kelowna (WHL) R 19 5’10” 185 Ari 2015
Nolan Patrick Brandon (WHL) R 18 6’3″ 195 2017
Taylor Raddysh Erie (OHL) R 18 6’2″ 209 Tam 2016
Nicolas Roy Chicoutimi (QMJHL) R 19 6’4″ 202 Car 2015
Zach Senyshyn Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) R 19 6’2″ 195 Bos 2015
Blake Speers Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) R 19 6’0″ 184 NJ 2015
Sam Steel Regina (WHL) L 18 6’0″ 180 Ana 2016
Mitchell Stephens Saginaw (OHL) R 19 6’0″ 195 Tam 2015
Dylan Strome Erie (OHL) L 19 6’3″ 194 Ari 2015
Austin Wagner Regina (WHL) L 19 6’3″ 185 LA 2015

Players representing the Montreal Canadiens:

Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips – WHL)

Selected in the first round, 26th overall by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Juulsen was named captain of the Everett Silvertips for the 2016-2017 season as well as captain of Team WHL during the Canada/Russia Series. A solid two-way defender, he presently has seven goals and 11 assists in 21 games on a Silvertips team that sits first in their division, and second overall in the Western Hockey League, a good sign after his point production declined from 52 points during his draft season to 28 points last season.

Listed as one of only two right handed shooting defencemen named to the Canadian camp roster, Juulsen should have the upper hand securing a spot in the lineup after final cuts are announced. After only naming one right handed shot to the lineup last year (Roland McKeown), they’d be smart to name a few more after a disaster of a finish in 2016.

Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack – OHL)

Signed as an undrafted free agent to an entry level contract  by the Montreal Canadiens (2015-16 to 2017-18), McNiven is currently 13-5-1 with Owen Sound this season, with a 2.29 goals aganist average and a .920 save percentage. He was also named to team OHL during the Canada/Russia Series. With Carter Hart likely to be the starter for Team Canada, McNiven will battle Connor Ingram of the Kamloops Blazers for the backup position.

Victor Mete (London Knights – OHL)

Selected in the fourth round, 100th overall by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Mete would claim the Memorial Cup last season as a member of the London Knights. Last season he would score eight goals, adding 30 assists, finishing just four points behind linemate and fifth overall selection Olli Juolevi.

His principal strengths are his skating ability and offensive instincts and that has unquestionably been on display this season, scoring 8 goals, adding 14 assists in 24 games making him a very deserving member of the Team Canada selection camp. Mete also played for Team OHL during the Canada/Russia Series and is fifth in OHL scoring among defencemen.

Team Canada will open the tournament in Toronto on Boxing Day against Team Russia.

Go Canada Go!