After an early quarter-final exit last January, there will be a high turnover of players this year as Hockey Canada named its selection camp roster Monday in preparation for the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.
Only three players from last year's World Juniors are on the list, including Rimouski star and 2020 NHL Entry Draft frontrunner Alexis Lafreniere.
The Oceanic forward - who scored one goal in five World Junior games last winter - has 17 goals and 59 points in 28 games this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is the only returning forward from last year's roster on the list of invitees.
There are 31 players vying for 23 final roster spots, which include two other members of Canada’s 2019 team in defencemen Jared McIsaac and Ty Smith.
Lafreniere is one of eight draft-eligible players on the camp roster, which includes Sudbury Wolves centre Quinton Byfield, winger Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit, Wisconsin forward Dylan Holloway, Drummondville forward Dawson Mercer and blueliners Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters and Braden Schneider of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Prospects representing Canada’s NHL teams are goaltender Olivier Rodrigue (EDM), defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker (OTT), and forwards Raphael Lavoie (EDM) and Jakob Pelletier (CGY).
There are also 12 NHL first-round picks on the preliminary roster, including Colorado Avalanche prospect Bowen Byram and Buffalo Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens.
Notable players not on the list include forwards Barrett Hayton of the Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks rookie Kirby Dach, Joe Veleno from the Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids and New York Islanders blueliner Noah Dobson. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Veleno – who had two assists in five games last year for Canada – has an "excellent chance" of being released by the Red Wings at the end of camp.
Selection camp begins on Monday, Dec. 9 in Oakville, Ont. As part of the selection process, the players will take part in two games against a U SPORTS on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 12.
Canada opens the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship on Boxing Day against the United States. Every game on the tournament can be seen live on TSN, TSN.ca, the TSN App and TSN Direct.
Team Canada Selection Camp Roster
|2020 World Juniors|
|Nico Daws||Guelph (OHL)||L||6’4||202||2020 Draft|
|Joel Hofer||Portland (WHL)||L||6’5||172||STL 2018|
|Hunter Jones||Peterborough (OHL)||L||6’5||198||MIN 2019|
|Olivier Rodrigue||Moncton (QMJHL)||L||6’1||156||EDM 2018|
|Calen Addison||Lethbridge (WHL)||R||5’10||180||PIT 2018|
|Kevin Bahl||Ottawa (OHL)||L||6’7||240||ARI 2018|
|Jacob Bernard-Docker||North Dakota (NCAA)||R||6’1||195||OTT 2018|
|Bowen Byram||Vancouver (WHL)||L||6’1||192||COL 2019|
|Peter Diliberatore||Quinnipiac (NCAA)||L||6’0||175||VGK 2018|
|Jamie Drysdale||Erie (OHL)||R||5’11||170||2020 Draft|
|Thomas Harley||Mississauga (OHL)||L||6’4||195||DAL 2019|
|Jared McIsaac||Halifax (QMJHL)||L||6’1||191||DET 2018|
|Braden Schneider||Brandon (WHL)||R||6’2||210||2020 Draft|
|Ty Smith||Spokane (WHL)||L||5’11||175||NJD 2018|
|Quinton Byfield||Sudbury (OHL)||L||6’4||215||2020 Draft|
|Dylan Cozens||Lethbridge (WHL)||R||6’3||185||BUF 2019|
|Ty Dellandrea||Flint (OHL)||R||6’1||190||DAL 2018|
|Aidan Dudas||Owen Sound (OHL)||R||5’8||168||LAK 2018|
|Nolan Foote||Kelowna (WHL)||L||6’4||200||TBL 2019|
|Liam Foudy||London (OHL)||L||6’1||182||CBJ 2018|
|Benoît-Olivier Groulx||Halifax (QMJHL)||L||6’2||194||ANA 2018|
|Dylan Holloway||Wisconsin (NCAA)||L||6’1||203||2020 Draft|
|Peyton Krebs||Winnipeg (WHL)||L||5’11||180||VGK 2019|
|Alexis Lafrenière||Rimouski (QMJHL)||L||6’1||194||2020 Draft|
|Raphaël Lavoie||Halifax (QMJHL)||R||6’4||198||EDM 2019|
|Connor McMichael||London (OHL)||L||6’0||181||WSH 2019|
|Dawson Mercer||Drummondville (QMJHL)||R||6’0||178||2020 Draft|
|Alex Newhook||Boston College (NCAA)||L||5’11||193||COL 2019|
|Jakob Pelletier||Moncton (QMJHL)||L||5’9||167||CGY 2019|
|Cole Perfetti||Saginaw (OHL)||L||5’10||180||2020 Draft|
|Akil Thomas||Niagara (OHL)||R||6’0||180||LAK 2018|