Saskatoon Blades goaltender Andrey Makarov could represent Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
The netminder confirmed he has been asked to join Russia’s camp in mid-December.
“Coach told me I’m coming the 15th of December and I said okay,” Makarov said. “I come back in one month, come back here. I’m coming the 15th of December to Calgary.”
Camp rosters do not need to be finalized until December 25th.
Russia opens camp in Leduc before coming to Calgary, which will play host to Pool A of the round robin. The grouping is made up of Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia and Latvia.
Makarov skated alongside many of his potential teammates at the 2011 Subway Super Series last week. Backstopping Team Russia in their set against the Western Hockey League, the Kazan native posted a 5.00 goals against average and .870 save percentage.
In 20 games with the Blades this season, Makarov has a 2.50 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
He is eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.