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Three Caps Prospects Named to World Juniors Selection Camps
Tom Wilson, photo via M. Richter.
On Monday, some international hockey federations started to disclose their rosters for upcoming selection camps in the wake of the World Junior Championships, which are set to take place between December 26th and January 5th in Ufa, Russia. Three Capitals, all of them drafted last year, have been selected to try out for their respective countries.
Hockey Canada invited first-round draft pick Tom Wilson to their camp, which will be held on December 11th through the 13th in Calgary. Wilson currently plays for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and is a teammate of fifth round draft pick Connor Carrick. So far this year, Wilson has racked up five goals to go along with 21 points and is currently averaging over a point per game. He can bring a large physical presence to the Canadian roster that has been talked about as being without if he is chosen to represent Team Canada. If you would like to read more about Wilson’s game, Capitals Outsider did an interview with Plymouth head coach Tom Vellucci soon after he was drafted.
Team Sweden announced that they have asked first round draft pick Filip Forsberg and seventh round pick Christian Djoos to take part in their selection camp as well. Forsberg, who currently plays for Leksands of the Swedish Elite League, is one of six returning players for the Swedish team which won the gold medal last year in Canada. He currently has seven goals and 12 points through 16 games this season and is expected to be a major contributor for the Swedes in Russia. Djoos, whose father, Par, played for the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers, is currently a member of Brynas of the Swedish Elite League, hasn’t registered a point this season but is expected to be a large presence on the Swedish blue line.
Team USA’s camp roster will be released at 10:00 AM Eastern Tuesday and can be followed on its official website. Three Capitals are projected to be invited to camp: Riley Barber, Garrett Haar, and Travis Boyd.