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#1 G_O_A_T

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:35 AM

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Can't wait. He is pencilled in as the #1 d-man. :D

Mackinnon and Drouin also cracked the roster as 17-year-olds.


Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors — There was a collective exhale when the Toronto Maple Leafs decided their first-round prize would wear red-and-white for the duration of the tournament. The swift-skating Rielly is pencilled in as the No. 1 defenceman. He also wields his stick wisely, which is key in IIHF events: he has not had a minor penalty all season.




Team Canada WJC2013: the team is chosen

The captain and alternates are yet to be chosen and an end to the NHL lockout, but Team Canada has been chosen.

Hockey Canada announced its 23-player roster on Thursday for the IIHF world U20 championship, with a strong emphasis on depth up front and along the blueline. The Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-led squad that coach Steve Spott hopes he will have for the Dec. 26 opener at the world junior championship in Ufa, Russia includes five of the first nine players taken in the 2011 NHL draft, thanks in part to Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr. It also includes six returning players from last season's bronze-medal squad. For the first time since 2008, two 17-year-olds made the team, with the Halifax Mooseheads' two-man electric circus of Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon making the cut.

By process of elimination, and thanks to Tweeting journalists at the camp in Calgary, here is a look at the roster Canada will depart with when it leaves Saturday for further preparation in Finland. The lineup does not have to be settled until Christmas Day, the eve of the tournament.

Buzzing The Net will host a livechat at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT to discuss the choices. Here is a rundown of the roster.

Forwards

Anthony Camara, Barrie Colts — The Boston Bruins third-rounder will be expected to bang and crash as an energy-line wing. The 19-year-old Camara was considered a longer shot to make the team, but being a year older than rugged Tom Wilson and having a better camp than the Washington Capitals first-rounder earned him a jersey. Camara was also more disciplined than Wilson and has been more productive offensively in the OHL.

Phillip Danault, Victoriaville Tigres — One of two Chicago Blackhawks first-round picks to make the cut, Danault is a versatile centre who could likely helm the third or fourth line and kill penalties. He was expected to be on the team provided he arrived in Calgary healthy.

Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads —It's like 2008 when future NHL stars John Tavares and Steven Stamkos made it as 17-year-olds, only the time the underaged pair are CHL teammates. Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon dazzled throughout the camp and showed that they belonged. Drouin has speed and skill; a treasure-trove of virtuosity-gone-viral on YouTube testifies to it.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs — Dynamic left wing will ride shotgun alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Scheifele on a first line that includes three of the first seven players chosen in the 2011 NHL draft — with No. 5 pick Ryan Strome as the second-line centre. Huberdeau played for a physical team in Saint John during its back-to-back QMJHL championship years, making him the line's de facto power winger.

Charles Hudon, Chicoutimi Saguéneens — The Montreal Canadiens prospect adapted seamlessly to coming in as a betting favourite to be on the squad. Hudon has consistently made a strong impression whenever he's played internationally. At a compact 5-foot-10, he is the type who can fit well into a more European hockey environment but also be tough as nails.

Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals — One of the four returning forwards, Jenner will be expected to helm a rough-and-ready third line and provide a modicum of offence. He has 27 goals in 32 games, good for a share of the OHL lead. Jenner and Oshawa linemate Tyler Biggs, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, will likely face off when Canada plays Team USA on Dec. 30.

JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers — The late bloomer becomes the second undrafted 19-year-old in as many seasons to make Team Canada, following the lead of Los Angeles Kings prospect Tanner Pearson. The right wing from Regina is considered a good skater who reads the ice well and has a good shot. At 19, he might also be more mature than Medicine Hat Tigers star Hunter Shinkaruk, a surprising cut who turned 18 in October.

Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax Mooseheads — When Hockey Canada roomed with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, that was a decent sign that Nate the Skate would follow (here we go again) Sidney Crosby's path by making the WJC squad as a 17-year-old despite Hockey Canada getting a windfall of 19-year-olds from the NHL lockout. MacKinnon's tenacity in tight quarters, particularly in puck battles, should erase any doubt he's too inexperienced for the WJC.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oklahoma City Barons — Edmonton Oilers centre really needs no introduction. You already now he has a full NHL season to his credit, is expected to become the offensive leader on this squad and was cut two seasons ago as a callow 17-year-old.

Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks —Dangerous striker who can take either wing and has excellent finishing touch around the net. Rattie figures to be on the second line; the St. Louis Blues prospect also has breakaway speed.

Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs — Both Barrie and Niagara have contributed a returning forward and a physical wing. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Ritchie has been a Hockey Canada favourite since playing in the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament two years ago. The Dallas Stars second-rounder is responsible defensively, but his size and hands has helped share the OHL goal lead with Jenner (27 in 32 games). He could also start on the same line as Strome, whom he skates alongside on the IceDogs.

Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts — Winnipeg Jets prospect is sliding over to the right wing for the good of the team. Scheifele likely had the highest expectations going into the 2012 tourney of any of the four forwards who are back for a second turn as 19-year-olds.

Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs — Projected second-line centre, would not be a bad No. 1 if RNH was unavailable. The New York Islanders first-round pick was leading the OHL with 62 points when he departed.

Defence

Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs — Expected to be the total package on the top pairing with Morgan Rielly. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Boston Bruins first-rounder has great reach and is good positionally, which can count for more than being physical. Hamilton covers a lot of ice and is adept offensively, with 136 points in 102 OHL games since being drafted by the B's.

Scott Harrington, London Knights — Expected to be a steady second-pairing defenceman and possible captain material. The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect led the Knights to within an overtime goal of the MasterCard Memorial Cup last season, so he's familiar with being at the precipice of a dream and having it dashed.

Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers — Playmaker figures to be the power-play specialist. His week did not start auspiciously but the Carolina Hurricanes prospect has a high enough ceiling to make an impact come WJC time, in Hockey Canada's estimation.

Xavier Ouellet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada — An ankle injury limited Ouellet's participation in camp. Arguably, his litmus test came during a successful showing in this summer's Canada-Russia Challenge series. The Detroit Red Wings second-rounder ought to be the more offensively-oriented defenceman on the second pair with Harrington.

Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings — The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder makes it two Islanders first-rounders on the squad. Reinhart, the No. 4 overall pick by the Islanders last summer, has the size to balance out a defence corps longer on two-way types who play more off a skating game. The 18-year-old son of former NHL star Paul Reinhart will likely be on the third pairing.

Reinhart's D partner, Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado, was cut despite having a strong camp.

Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors — There was a collective exhale when the Toronto Maple Leafs decided their first-round prize would wear red-and-white for the duration of the tournament. The swift-skating Rielly is pencilled in as the No. 1 defenceman. He also wields his stick wisely, which is key in IIHF events: he has not had a minor penalty all season.

Tyler Wotherspoon, Portland Winterhawks — The Calgary Flames will be doubly represented defensively when Canada plays the U.S., with second-rounders Wotherspoon and Patrick Sieloff of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires manning opposiing bluelines. Wotherspoon, 19, plays a quietly effective game for Portland. As top draft prospect Seth Jones' D partner, the Surrey, B.C., native leads the Western League in plus/minus, has helped his team maintain nearly 90 per cent penalty-killing efficiency and has only eight penalty minutes.

Goaltenders

Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls — True, he was not the best goalie in the first two games. Then again, might there be a difference between facing seasoned 20-somethings from the university hockey powerhouse Alberta Golden Bears who play together and facing juniors who had to develop chemistry on the fly, as his competition did? Subban has a good body of work forged from being dominant in shootouts in the OHL, in starring against Russia in the summer and in playing on the Bulls' international-sized ice surface. His brother, P.K. Subban, was a two-time WJC gold medallist before moving on to the Montreal Canadiens.

Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack — The easygoing Gravenhurst, Ont., resident has advanced considerably in the past year after growing into his 6-foot-3 frame. The 19-year-old St. Louis Blues prospect was the Memorial Cup all-star goalie two seasons ago

Jake Paterson, Saginaw Spirit— The Detroit Red Wings prospect nosed out the older and more hyped Laurent Brossoit to become one of the three goalies Canada will take overseas. Paterson, who completes the trio of Toronto-area goalies, regularly faces heavy shot loads with a young Spirit team.

(Special thanks to Terry Koshan and Sunaya Sapurji.)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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#2 CrazyCanuckEh

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:54 AM

That first pairing is going to torch goalies pretty bad, not gonna lie. Morgan Rielly and Douggie Hamilton are going to show why they are going to be players to watch in the next couple of years as they develop. Both guys are great with the puck and bonafied top pairing blue liners at their level of hockey.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:53 AM

Ya, put them with Huberdeau, The Nuge and Scheifle too, and that is nasty.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:08 PM

Very much looking forward to it this year..... have the entire week off... now I get to stay up until stupid o'clock to catch games....

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

Ya, put them with Huberdeau, The Nuge and Scheifle too, and that is nasty.

Just a suggestion, H-B... Why not combine your own thread in the Hockey Universe section with this one...?

..And "The Nuge" is reserved for Deadly-Teddly... LOL! :lol:

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

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Can't wait. He is pencilled in as the #1 d-man. :D......


Me, too, GOAT..! He's been playing great in the WHL, this season.. :)

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

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Here's the TSN Broadcast schedule of the upcoming games --> http://www.tsn.ca/wo...eature/?id=4124

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 04:47 PM

^ Thanks for posting Seer.... looks like some early mornings....

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

Hm, Rielly didn't get the A though, neither did Hamilton.

Scott Harrington is the D with the A. John Huberdeau gets the other A, and it's Capt. Nugent-Hopkins who will be leading our boys to gold.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:47 AM

At least the replay times are decent, 1:30 PM for the first game versus Germany on Boxing Day, not that it will be worth watching since we will faceroll the Germans. At least Canada vs USA on New Years Eve day is an 8:30 AM start time, that means we can all get up, watch hockey and get drunk, then pass out and sleep until evening before going out to celebrate the new year.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:59 AM

At least the replay times are decent, 1:30 PM for the first game versus Germany on Boxing Day, not that it will be worth watching since we will faceroll the Germans. At least Canada vs USA on New Years Eve day is an 8:30 AM start time, that means we can all get up, watch hockey and get drunk, then pass out and sleep until evening before going out to celebrate the new year.


Hahahaaaa...I wonder how many will mess their plans up this New Year's because of this. Watch this early and what is beginning to be a great classic rivalry hockey game, get drunk, pass out at noon or 1pm and wake up close to midnight...

Also, do they open bars in Toronto early for WJ like they did for the World Cup et.? Probably not...hmmmm...anyone know?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:43 PM

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

Looks like Sparks and Biggs made the US team as well? Sparks might be the 3rd goalie however..

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:52 PM

Hahaaa Seer...

"Well, I'm just starting out as an agent and he is my only player...we are confident moving forward and know that Rielly will only grow from the experience over in Russia, not only from a physical standpoint but also through leading by example as one of the top d-men and leaders on the roster.

That's all the questions we are taking today for today...ahem...thank you to everyone for coming out to the presser."

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:47 PM

Hahaaa Seer...

"Well, I'm just starting out as an agent and he is my only player...we are confident moving forward and know that Rielly will only grow from the experience over in Russia, not only from a physical standpoint but also through leading by example as one of the top d-men and leaders on the roster.

That's all the questions we are taking today for today...ahem...thank you to everyone for coming out to the presser."

;)

:lol: Spoken like like a true "unbiased" agent... :rolleyes: LOL!

Okay... Now... See if you can swing a box from Burkie for all of us Regs. here to share, when Rielly starts with the Leafs, okay..?

(Psss...! The operative word to make this set in stone would be: "Rider"..) ;) LOL!

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:34 PM


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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:07 PM

That first pairing is going to torch goalies pretty bad, not gonna lie. Morgan Rielly and Douggie Hamilton are going to show why they are going to be players to watch in the next couple of years as they develop. Both guys are great with the puck and bonafied top pairing blue liners at their level of hockey.


And we could have had them both as Leafs.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:55 PM


And we could have had them both as Leafs.

We could have had a lot of things.......sigh

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:49 PM


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Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:55 PM


And we could have had them both as Leafs.


Was wondering when this was going to start... surprised it took this long... we don't have Hamilton, we didn't get Hamilton, get over it






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