Youth could be served with Canada’s world junior roster

If Canada’s selection camp roster for this year’s world junior championship is any indication, youth could be served this holiday season.

Hockey Canada announced the roster Monday and it features 16 forwards, 10 defencemen and four goalies all competing for a spot next week during a four-day camp in Oakville, Ont.

Among those coming to camp are eight draft-eligible players highlighted by left-winger Alexis Lafreniere, who had one goal in five games at last year’s tournament, and is the projected first-overall pick in 2020.

“We’ve tried to not just lock in on our 19-year-olds,” Hockey Canada head scout Brad McEwen said in a recent phone interview. “Some real good players as you saw in the Hlinka this summer. We’ve tried to keep an open mind.”

None of the other draft-eligible players are slouches, either.

Forwards Dylan Holloway, Quinton Byfield, Dawson Mercer, Cole Perfetti along with defencemen Jamie Drysdale and Braden Schneider and goaltender Nico Daws round out the other prospects looking to get their names called at next June’s draft in Montreal.

It’s also impressive that Byfield, Perfetti and Drysdale are all only 17-years-old — a rarity when it comes to the predominantly older-aged world junior rosters.

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