Hopefully they checked their inboxes before jetting off to New Jersey for the NHL Entry Draft because for a number of Canadian draft eligibles, there was a very important email from Hockey Canada waiting there for them.
Just a couple days before the biggest moment in their professional hockey careers, 19 2013 draft eligible Canadians were named to the nation’s U20 Summer Camp in advance of the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Of the 19 draft eligible invitees, upwards of 15 could go in the first round of Sunday’s draft.
Canada failed to medal at last year’s tournament and haven’t won gold since 2009, which has added even more pressure on the shoulders of these young, future stars. The prospects look good going forward however with the summer camp list littered with star-studded names.
Here’s the breakdown:
Thirteen forwards were invited to the camp: four OHLers – highlighted by Ottawa 67’s captain Sean Monahan, six QMJHLers – headlined by the dynamite duo from Halifax in Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin and three WHLers – led by Medicine Tiger captain Hunter Shinkaruk.
Joining them are four defensemen: three from the WHL and one from the OHL. Ryan Pulock, Josh Morrissey and Dillon Heathrington will represent the WHL while Darnell Nurse was the lone OHL invitee. No QMJHL blueliners received an invitation.
In goal, 2012 draft pick Jake Paterson is the lone returnee and will be joined by Halifax Moosehead netminder Zach Fucale and Tri-City Americans puckstopper Eric Comrie. Both goaltenders are expected to drafted this year with Fucale ranked 32nd overall by Future Considerations and Comrie 63rd.