Konecny headlines Canada’s Hlinka Entry

Aaron Vickers2015 Draft Center, International Events

Travis Konecny, fourth overall in Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the 2015 NHL Draft, was among 22 players named to Canada’s entry at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

The roster was selected after a selection camp in Calgary.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Konecny had 26 goals and 70 points in 63 games with the Ottawa 67’s last season — his first year in the Ontario Hockey League — and was tops among all Ontario Hockey league rookies.

Konecny is described as a hard working, high-compete player who uses his quickness and vision to create offensive opportunities for teammates.

Also named to the team is Mathew Barzal (7th) of the Seattle Thunderbirds, Dylan Strome (8th) of the Erie Otters, Chicoutimi Sagueneens winger Nicolas Roy (17th), Peterborough Petes defenseman Matthew Spencer (18th), Jeremy Roy (19th) of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, Lawson Crouse (20th) of the Kingston Frontenacs and London Knights forward Mitch Marner (22nd), who are also ranked in the first round by Future Considerations.

The tournament will be played Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada will be in Group B at the tournament, along with Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. Group A consists of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and the United States.