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Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 11:59:54 AM »
Brad Ross flying the lone Leafs flag from the brief look I took.

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011, 02:52:11 PM »
Brad Ross flying the lone Leafs flag from the brief look I took.

I have him penciled in for MVP already.

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2011, 03:53:49 PM »
woooo! Two Barrie Colts on that list: Mark Scheifele and Tanner Pearson. Hope they both make the team!

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2011, 05:07:08 PM »
woooo! Two Barrie Colts on that list: Mark Scheifele and Tanner Pearson. Hope they both make the team!


Scheifele is pretty much a lock to make the team. Pearson is an interesting case as he's absolutely tearing up the OHL right now and he's not exactly a small player, but he seems to have come out of nowhere this season and isn't being mentioned much as a potential pick for the team. I'm guessing there's some defensive/skating issues that are holding him back?

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2011, 05:20:34 PM »
What happened to Stuart Percy?
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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2011, 05:31:07 PM »
What happened to Stuart Percy?
I suspect that if he continues at his early season point per game or so clip, he'll be a late addition or injury replacement.

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 05:50:03 PM »
What happened to Stuart Percy?

Is he still hurt?

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2011, 09:17:52 AM »
woooo! Two Barrie Colts on that list: Mark Scheifele and Tanner Pearson. Hope they both make the team!


Scheifele is pretty much a lock to make the team. Pearson is an interesting case as he's absolutely tearing up the OHL right now and he's not exactly a small player, but he seems to have come out of nowhere this season and isn't being mentioned much as a potential pick for the team. I'm guessing there's some defensive/skating issues that are holding him back?

Pearson plays on the top line and on the first PP unit. Don't think they really expect much in the way of defense from him  ;) He's reaping the benefit of  captain Colin Behenna setting him up all the time too.

Seriously though, he and Behenna are scoring in batches. The Colts aren't particularly defensive minded in my eye..... they win a lot, they score a lot, but their games are often like 6-4 and 5-4 kinda finals, so they get scored on a lot too.

Scheifele is a little more defensively responsible, but he also owns the puck. And by that I mean, he has it, he carries it a lot so the play's in the opponents' end....I think before he makes the NHL full time, he's gonna have to improve in the other end as well.......which is tougher to do when you're on a team that's always in possession of the puck.

On a related note, it's funny how completely the Colts have turned it around in just a year. OHL final two seasons ago, stunk out the league last year, and are burning it up again this year.

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2011, 04:18:52 PM »
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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2011, 08:01:05 AM »
NOTES FROM WJHC CAMP: NHL PAIR LEND AN IMPORTANT HAND

CALGARY – Devante Smith-Pelly got some advice from Ryan Getzlaf before leaving the Anaheim Ducks to join Canada's national junior hockey team.

"He just told me, being one of the guys that played in the NHL, just go in there and be a leader, but don't go in there thinking you're better than anybody else," Smith-Pelly said. "Those were his words of advice and I'm sure going to listen to them."

Canada got an unexpected boost when the Ducks loaned Smith-Pelly, a forward who has three goals in 26 games for Anaheim, to the Canadian junior team and the Tampa Bay Lightning did the same with forward Brett Connolly.

"You're always surprised to get them back," said Kevin Prendergast, the head scout for the men's national team. "They're two quality young men and they bring different aspects to what we need for our team to be successful. Connolly brings an offensive threat. He's creative, he's got great hockey sense, he's able to finish. Smith-Pelly's going to bring a physical presence for us, which is something we're really going to need."

Before the arrival of the two NHLers much of the attention heading into the selection camp, which runs through Wednesday, focused on who would not be attending. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton), Sean Couturier (Philadelphia), Ryan Johansen (Columbus), Tyler Seguin (Boston), Jeff Skinner (Carolina) and Erik Gudbranson were all eligible to participate, but were not released by their teams.

BETTER NOT BITTER


While some players are reluctant to leave their NHL clubs to play in a junior tournament, both Smith-Pelly and Connolly insist they are happy to be in Calgary.

"Not a lot of guys get a chance to both play in the NHL and world juniors and then get to go back so I can't stop saying how excited I am," said Smith-Pelly, a Toronto native.

"Kind of bitter sweet," admitted Connolly, "but [this is] my second kick of the can here and last year obviously didn't go the way we wanted and I'm excited.

"I talked to [Lightning general manager Steve] Yzerman and he just wants me to develop and he thinks it will be good for me. I think it'll be really good for me too. It's a great tournament and there's lots of good players and we're going to have a good team this year."

Smith-Pelly and Connolly, who has four goals in 28 games for Tampa, believe their NHL experience should benefit Canada.

"I think my game's improved leaps and bounds in the last couple months just being around Teemu Selanne and Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, guys like that, and getting to be around them and practicing with them every day it's hard not to get better," said Smith-Pelly.

"It's been a whirlwind few months," said Connolly. "I got to play with Marty St. Louis, [Steven] Stamkos, Vinny [Lecavalier] and all the veteran guys who have been in the NHL forever. They've been great to me, taking me in and really showing me the ropes and teaching me how to be a professional and I've learned a lot from those guys."

'A SECOND CHANCE'


Smith-Pelly did not make the Canadian team a year ago and has not forgotten that feeling.

"Not making it last year was pretty disappointing and when I did go to summer camp my goal was to try and impress and make sure that, if I was in junior, I had it in the back of their minds that I was one of the best players there," he said.

Connolly was on the team that lost in the gold-medal game to Russia last year in Buffalo. The Prince George, B.C. native is one of just four players at the selection camp who were on last year's squad, which blew a three-goal third-period lead against the Russians. Connolly needed some time to put that loss behind him.

"Quite awhile," he said. "It's something that the guys who were there last year will never forget and for me personally it took a little while to get over it, but this year's a new year and I'm excited to get a second chance."

Red/White Lines from Sunday:

TEAM RED

Forwards

Pearson-Scheifele-Stone
Reinhart-Hamilton-Smith-Pelly
Howden-Phillips-Rattie
Danault-Toffoli

Defence

Gormley-Petrovic
Oleksiak-Murphy
Beaulieu-Ceci
Kichton

Goalies

Visentin
Domingue

Injured: Huberdeau

TEAM WHITE

Forwards

Schwartz-Strome-Connolly
Di Giuseppe-Bournival-Bulmer
Ferland-McNeill-Gallagher
Jenner-Thomas
Ross

Defence

Morrow-Pysyk
Murray-Hamilton
Harrington-Gauthier-Leduc
Dumba

Goalies

Bunz
Wedgewood

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2011, 08:03:25 AM »
Sens prospects attending the WJR's this year:

Mark Stone <CAN>
Mika Zibanejad <SWE>
Shane Prince <USA>
Freddy Claesson <SWE>
Jakub Culek <CZE>

I didn't realize Tugnutt was the goaltending coach...Tugger!

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2011, 02:49:36 PM »
Sens prospects attending the WJR's this year:

Mark Stone <CAN>
Mika Zibanejad <SWE>
Shane Prince <USA>
Freddy Claesson <SWE>
Jakub Culek <CZE>

I didn't realize Tugnutt was the goaltending coach...Tugger!

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Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2011, 05:05:27 PM »
The annual tournament to see who has the best junior aged players that aren't good enough to make the NHL yet.

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Re: Canada Announces Players Invited to Camp for World Juniours
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2011, 01:26:40 AM »
The annual tournament to see who has the best junior aged players that aren't good enough to make the NHL yet.

Yeah. You hate saying it because it's kind of a fun holiday tradition and everything but ever since 2005 this tournament lost a little bit of it's legitimacy.
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