Young Oilers Duo To Represent Team Canada In Slovakia

By curtismagrath

Edmonton Oilers’ rookie forward Jordan Eberle and goaltender Devan Dubnyk both from Regina, Saskatchewan, have been added to Canada’s roster for the upcoming 2011 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

In his rookie campaign, Eberle, 20, scored 18 goals and tallied 25 assists for 43 points in 69 games for the Oilers. Eberle was a member of last year’s Canadian team, adding 4 points (1G, 3A) in 4 games, including a 4 point effort in a round robin game against Norway, earning him best player of the game honours. Eberle will look to build off a strong end of the year performance, which saw him take control offensively as the team struggled with injuries. Eberle had 20 points (9G, 11A) in 32 games since coming back from an ankle injury in January.

Dubnyk, 24, backstopped Edmonton in 35 games this year, going 12-13-8 with a GAA of 2.71 and SV% of .916. Dubnyk is also no stranger to Team Canada, dressing in 3 games for last year’s World Championship team but seeing no ice time. Dubnyk ended the NHL season with two strong wins over the President’s Trophy winner Vancouver Canucks, but is expected to backup Toronto’s James Reimer for the majority of the tournament.

The tournament runs from April 29 to May 15, with Canada facing off against perennial powerhouse Belarus on opening day.

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