Perlini fronts Canada’s U18 entry

Christian Roatis2014 Draft Center

Brendan Perlini headlines 12 members of the 2014 NHL Draft class were named to Canada’s World Under-18 team training camp.

The camp will serve as part of Canada’s preparation for the 2014 World Under-18 Championship from April 17-27 in Lapeenranta and Imatra, Finland.

Perlini, ninth in Future Considerations ranking for the 2014 draft, is a high rising power forward who is sure to take a leading role on the team. His 34 goals and 71 points in 58 OHL games this season provide backing to his application as an heavily relied on scorer.

Red Deer Rebels teammates Haydn Fleury and Conner Bleackley will also lend plenty of support to Perlini. Fleury, ranked 10th, recorded 46 points in 70 games in the Western Hockey League this season while Bleackley, 23rd, amassed 68 points in 71 games.

A trio of goaltenders — Julio Billia, Brent Moran and Mason McDonald — were also named. Calgary Hitmen teammates Travis Sanheim and Ben Thomas will join Fleury on defense, as will Roland McKeown of the Kingston Frontenacs. Joining Perlini and Fleury at forward include Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors, Clark Bishop of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Daniel Audette of the Sherbrook Phoenix.

Sam Bennett, ranked third by Future Considerations, Jake Virtanen (11th), and Spencer Watson were named to the camp but will be unable to attend to injury.

To view Canada’s full roster, please click HERE.