Here's the roster.
|Bryce O'Hagan||L/G||6'3.5"||193||12/27/91||Burlington, ON||Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)||2010 Dft/Rep.|
|Nathan Lieuwen||L/G||6'5.5"||180||08/08/91||Abbotsford, BC||Westside (BCHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.|
My Take: Out of the entire roster, the goalies surprised me. I don't know know how you can't take Olivier Roy as on of the goalies. Have they seen him play outside of Hockey Canada's events? Out of all the goalies at the camp, he played a full season at the highest level. He stole wins for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for a team that was suppose to do nothing last season. I know I am biased because I have seen him play. At the same time, he's one of the best goalies for his age I've seen, in the five years I've been following the QMJHL. Lieuwen was Pacific number one goalie at the World Under 17 Challenge last season.
|Jared Cowen ||L/G||6'6"||218||01/25/91||Allan, SK||Spokane (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Brayden McNabb||L/G||6'4"||195||01/21/91||Davidson, SK||Kootenay (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.|
|Simon Després||L/G||6'4"||210||07/27/91||Laval, QC||Saint John (QMJHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Hubert Labrie||L/G||5'11.5"||179||07/12/91||Victoriaville, QC||Gatineau (QMJHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Stefan Elliott||R/D||6'1"||186||01/30/91||North Vancouver, BC||Saskatoon (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Ryan Ellis||R/D||5'9.5"||176||01/03/91||Hamilton, ON||Windsor (OHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Taylor Doherty||R/D||6'6.5"||220||03/02/91||Cambridge, ON||Kingston (OHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
My Take: This is a strong defensive core for the Canadians. I think they did a great job picking the defenseman. There's a mix of offensive defenseman and stay at home defenseman. Cowen and Ellis will be the ones to watch. Despres could also have a big tournament.
|Carter Ashton||L/G||6'3.5"||206||04/01/91||Saskatoon, SK||Lethbridge (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Zack Kassian||R/D||6'3"||208||01/24/91||LaSalle, ON||Peterborough (OHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.|
|Taylor Hall||L/G||6'1"||181||11/14/91||Calgary, AB||Windsor (OHL)||2010 Dft/Rep.*|
|Garrett Mitchell||R/D||5'11"||181||09/02/91||Regina, SK||Regina (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.|
|Ryan O'Reilly||L/G||6'2"||201||02/07/91||Seaforth, ON||Erie (OHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Louis Leblanc||R/D||6'0"||171||01/26/91||Kirkland, QC||Lac St-Louis, QC MAAA||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Jimmy Bubnick||R/D||6'1"||187||01/19/91||Saskatoon, SK||Kamloops (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Brayden Schenn||L/G||6'0.5"||199||08/22/91||Saskatoon, SK||Brandon (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Cody Eakin||L/G||6'0"||176||05/24/91||Winnipeg, MB||Swift Current (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.|
|Casey Cizikas||L/G||5'11"||191||02/27/91||Mississauga, ON||Mississauga (OHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Scott Glennie||R/D||6'1.5"||179||02/22/91||Winnipeg, MB||Brandon (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Evander Kane||L/G||6'1"||180||08/01/91||Vancouver, BC||Vancouver (WHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
|Matthew Duchene||L/G||5'11"||201||01/16/91||Haliburton, ON||Brampton (OHL)||2009 Dft/Rep.*|
My Take: Nothing to surprising here. They got the big three in Hall, Schenn, and Duchene. Glennie, Cizikas, Bubnick, and O'Reilly should have a great tournament also. I like to see how LeBlanc does because he played at the Midget AAA level to maintain his NCAA eligiblity. It will be interesting to see if he can dominate against stronger competition.
*-Denotes my selections when the Selection Camp was released. I had 17 of 22 correct.
That's My Take
(Nathan also is a writer for MVN.com. He's the writer for the Asylum which covers the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL. He's also a regular contributor to the NHL Source also at MVN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)