St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has confirmed that forward Robert Thomas will not be loaned to Team Canada for the World Junior Championship according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.

Thomas was a part of last year's Team Canada squad that won gold in Buffalo at the 2018 WJC. He had six points (one goal, five assists) in seven games and was one of three players eligible to return from last year's team. He has spent most of his time on St. Louis' third line with Pat Maroon and Tyler Bozak. 

With the Blues this season, the 19-year-old has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 25 games. 

The Blues will be back in action Sunday at home against the Calgary Flames.