Team Canada is set to see their first game action as they continue preparations for the World Juniors later this month.
Canada is taking on U Sports All-Stars tonight in Oakville, Ont. Watch the game streaming live at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on TSN.ca.
While forward Alexis Lafreniere is nursing an ankle injury and not expected to play, two other top draft prospects, Quinton Byfield and Cole Perfetti, should see action. Byfield has been skating on the top line in practice with Dylan Cozens and Nolan Foote. Perfetti has been skating on the second line with Ty Dellandrea and Liam Foudy.
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The team is expected to have four returning players once the tournament kicks off, but with Lafreniere out and Joe Veleno not joining the team until closer to the tournament, only two – defencemen Ty Smith and Jared McIsaac – could see action against the U Sports All-Stars. Smith, however, missed Tuesday’s second practice, feeling under the weather. The game will represent a chance for a lot of newcomers to build their roles on the team.
Lines at Tuesday's practices:
Byfield - Cozens - Foote
Perfetti - Dellandrea - Foudy
McMichael - Thomas - Mercer
Holloway - Groulx - Newhook
Krebs - Zary - Lavoie
McIsaac - Byram
Smith - Schneider
Bahl - Bernard-Docker
Harley - Drysdale
Diliberatore - Addison
Power play units at Tuesday's practice:
Perfetti - Foote - McMichael
Lavoie - Thomas - Addison