Three Boston Bruins prospects are among the junior-level players named to Canada’s roster for 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships preliminary selection camp.
There’s one Bruin prospect represented in all three player categories: Anthony Camara (drafted 2011, currently with the Barrie Colts) for the forwards, Dougie Hamilton (drafted 2011, currently with the Niagara IceDogs) for the defensemen and Malcolm Subban (drafted 2012, currently with the Belleville Bulls) for the goalies. Hamilton was part of the 2012 team.
Four goalies, 12 defensemen and 21 forwards will all attend the camp, after which time the rosters will undergo some trimming.
Other notable names on Canada’s roster for this camp include Nathan MacKinnon (whom some refer to as the next Sidney Crosby), Jonathan Drouin (an offense-producing machine for the Halifax Mooseheads) and the sole name on the list without a junior team representing him, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Yes, Nugent-Hopkins has been deemed eligible to attend this camp despite playing for the AHL Oklahoma City Barons.
Though there are three other netminders attending, in my view the starting goaltender spot on Canada’s lineup should basically have Subban’s name written on it. Fellow camp invitee Jordan Binnington does currently lead the OHL with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage, but Subban has a 2.23 and a .931, which is not half bad either. In 24 games for Belleville so far this season, he has two shutouts, a 13-7-3 record and a penchant for being a brick wall in shootout situations. Plus, he could keep the WJC-medaling Subban family tradition alive–big brother PK got golds in 2008 and 2009.
In an ideal world, Hamilton would be in the Bruins lineup right now. Following his 72-point campaign last season, his Niagara coach said he didn’t expect to see him again. Then the lockout began and things changed, but he’s keeping up his old offense-minded ways back with the IceDogs: 39 points in 30 games so far. He’s among the top scorers in the OHL right now when you consider forwards and defensemen, but if you filter out forwards, Hamilton’s on top.
Camara has been productive as well, putting up 34 points in 28 games so far for Barrie, good for third place among the Colts. (Barrie teammate Mark Scheifele has also been invited to this camp.)
The 2013 World Juniors will be held in Ufa, Russia from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Last year, Edmonton and Calgary split hosting duties. Sweden took the gold, Russia the silver and Canada the bronze.
USA Hockey will reveal its training camp roster on Dec. 4.