Four members of the 2013 NHL Draft class will compete for a position on Canada’s entry for the 2013 World Junior Championship.
MacKinnon, the projected first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, has previously represented Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and served as a member of Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Challenge. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia product is currently third in QMJHL scoring with 22 goals and 47 points in 27 games.
Drouin, MacKinnon’s teammate with the Halifax Mooseheads, currently leads all Canadian Hockey League scorers in points-per-game with 2.00 on the strength of 15 goals and 27 assists in 21 games. Currently ranked sixth in Future Considerations’ November ranking, Drouin skated alongside MacKinnon at this summer’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Drouin also represented Team Quebec at the World Under-17’s.
Monahan, the fourth-ranked prospect for 2013, is currently serving a suspension for a hit to the head of Colin MacDonald of the Plymouth Whalers but will be in camp. The Brampton, ON native has 12 goals and 36 points in 24 games this season and has represented Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and Ontario at the World Under-17’s. The Ottawa 67’s captain last played November 20th.
Shinkaruk, the lone draft eligible in camp from the Western Hockey League, is no stranger to Hockey Canada either having previously represented at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial with Monahan and at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship. The Calgary, AB product has 17 goals and 35 points in 24 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers this season.
Canada’s camp takes place in Calgary from December 11-13, 2012 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.