Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jake Bean will not take on the world.
Bean, initially named to Canada’s pre-tournament camp roster, will miss the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship because of a broken foot.
“Bean is a elegant and smooth skater that has seen his stock rise throughout the season,” Future Considerations’ head Western scout Zenon Herasymiuk said. “He reads the game at an unbelievably proficient level and uses his smarts to dissect opposing defenses in transition.
“Scouts will certainly be disappointed that he won’t suit up at the U18’s against some of the top players in the age group, but his status as a high-end first round pick is unlikely to be threatened by his absence in the event.”
2016 IIHF U18 World Championship starts April 14 in Grand Forks, N.D.
Canada also added forward Cameron Morrison from Youngstown of the United States Hockey League to its camp roster. In 60 games this season, Morrison was third in USHL scoring and led all rookie scorers with 34 goals and 66 points.
Bean had 24 goals and 64 points in 68 regular season games with the Hitmen, and two points in five playoff games. His 24 regular season goals are the most by a Hitmen defensemen in a single-season in franchise history.
Bean is 16th in Future Considerations’ March ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft.