The Canadian National Junior Team has been selected and is en route to the Edmonton, AB. hub-city ‘bubble’ for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship set to run from December 25 through January 5, 2021.
On Friday, Hockey Canada announced its final nine releases, including six forwards and three defencemen. The team is made up of 25 players (a larger number than past years due to the many risks associated with COVID-19) broken down as three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.
Released on Friday was Winnipeg’s Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks) who had heard his name called 13th overall at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this fall. He joins fellow Manitoban Daemon Hunt (Brandon, Moose Jaw Warriors) and Brandon Wheat Kings forward Ridly Greig, who had earlier been released, due to their respective recoveries from COVID-19.
Earning places on the 25-man roster are three players with ties to the province of Manitoba. Winnipeg Jets 2020 first round draft pick Cole Perfetti, Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Braden Schneider (New York Rangers) and Winnipeg ICE forward Peyton Krebs (Vegas Golden Knights) each survived final cuts and will set up shop in Edmonton for the next month.
Perfetti, Schneider and Krebs were three of the seven players (Thomas Harley, Dylan Holloway, Alex Newhook and Connor Zary) who made the 2021 roster after being released by Hockey Canada in advance of last year’s tournament.
Leading the way for Canada as players who recently spent time in the NHL bubble during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are Kirby Dach, Thomas Harley, Connor McMichael, Peyton Krebs and Bowen Byram. Five players on the team have also already played league games this season (Dylan Holloway, Jakob Pelletier, Jordan Spence, Justin Barron and Dawson Mercer).
There are five 18-year-olds on the squad, including Perfetti, who will turn 19 on January 1, 2021. Quinton Byfield will be the youngest player on the team for the second consecutive year. Dylan Garand, Jamie Drysdale and Kaiden Guhle are the other 18-year-olds. Of the 22 skaters on the team, 20 are first round draft selections, including each of the 14 forwards.
The Colorado Avalanche saw three players crack the roster (Bowen Byram, Justin Barron, Alex Newhook), while Calgary (Jakob Pelletier, Connor Zary), Los Angeles (Quinton Byfield, Jordan Spence), Vegas (Peyton Krebs, Kaeden Korczak), Buffalo (Dylan Cozens, Jack Quinn) and the New York Rangers (Dylan Garand, Braden Schneider) each had two players selected.