Hockey Canada released the names of a dozen players not participating in Wednesday's game against the University of Alberta on Day 2 of World Junior selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mark Scheifele, Phillip Danault, Brett Ritchie, Charles Hudon, Boone Jenner, Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Strome are healthy scratches, along with defensemen Dougie Hamilton, Scott Harrington, Morgan Rielly, and Xavier Ouellet (ankle sprain).
It's interesting to note that six of the players are returnees from last year's bronze medal-winning club at the 2012 World Junior Championship, including Hamilton, Harrington, Scheifele, Jenner, Huberdeau and Strome.
The eight defensemen in the lineup Wednesday are those likely fighting for three remaining spots on the Canadian National Junior Team headed to the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia. They include Mathew Dumba, Ryan Murphy, Tyler Wotherspoon, Griffin Reinhart, Frank Corrado, Derrick Pouliot, Adam Pelech and Ryan Sproul.
The first round of cuts will likely be made today following the game, slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. at WinSport. The final 23-man roster will be determined on Thursday after Canada's second game against Alberta.
Canada's projected lineup for Wednesday:
Jonathan Drouin - Sean Monahan - Ty Rattie
Hunter Shinkaruk - Nathan MacKinnon - J.C. Lipon