There are plenty of fresh faces in the mix - including four highly-touted prospects for the 2010 NHL Draft - as Hockey Canada announced its 36-player roster for its final selection camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship.
With 15 players from last January's gold medal-winning team out of the equation, this year's selection camp list includes newcomers Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Brandon Gormley and John McFarland.
The players will evaluated by head coach Willie Desjardins and his assistants beginning Dec. 12 and the list will be pared down to a 22-man lineup at the end of selection camp.
Players invited to camp who helped Canada win a fifth straight gold medal in Ottawa in January are Ellis, Alex Pietrangelo of the Niagara IceDogs, Colton Teubert of the Regina Pats, plus forwards Patrice Cormier of the Rimouski Oceanic, Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats, Stefan Della Rovere of the Barrie Colts and Cody Hodgson of the Brampton Battallion.
Other invitees include forwards Luke Adam of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Baie-Comeau's Gabriel Bourque, Rimouski's Jordan Caron, Swift Current Bronco Cody Eakin, Scott Glennie of the Brandon Wheat Kings, London Knight Nazem Kadri, Harvard centre Louis Leblanc and Brandon McMillan of the Kelowna Rockets.
While key players such as John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Evander Kane, Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly, Tyler Myers and Michael Del Zotto where all eligible to play, they will all be sticking with their NHL teams. Head scout Al Murray does not see that as a problem.
"We feel we have enough depth in this contry at all positions," Murray told The Canadian Press. "If a player is ready for the NHL, we wish him the best.
"That's the ultimate goal for all young players. It makes it more difficult for us, but it gives a chance to other players."
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