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Canada announces Wednesday lineup vs. Finland

Tuesday, 08.06.2013 / 1:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / World Junior Evaluation Camp blog

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Canada announces Wednesday lineup vs. Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Hours after arriving here, Canada was on the ice Tuesday afternoon for its first practice, and already announced its lineup for its first game, Wednesday against Finland.

Eric Comrie, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, will get the start in goal, with Zachary Fucale serving as the backup. Jake Paterson, who was the third goalie on the team that finished fourth in Sochi, Russia, at the 2013 World Junior Championship, will be a healthy scratch.

Also getting into the game will be Sam Reinhart, who will play right wing on a line with center Brendan Gaunce and left wing Kerby Rychel. Reinhart is the early leader to be the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Here is how the rest of the lineup shapes up for Canada:

Hunter Shinkaruk - Fredrik Gauthier - Anthony Mantha

Brendan Leipsic - Nicolas Petan - Emile Poirier

Ryan Rupert - Felix Girard - Mark Jankowski

Kerby Rychel - Brendan Gaunce - Sam Reinhart

Slater Koekkoek - Michael Matheson

Joshua Morrissey - Dillon Heatherington

Matthew Finn - Ryan Pulock

Eric Comrie

Zachary Fucale

Scratched: Jake Paterson, Connor McDavid, Mathew Dumba, Darnell Nurse, Derrick Pouliot, Damon Severson, Charles Hudon, Tom Wilson, Max Domi, Sean Monahan, Scott Laughton, Curtis Lazar, Bo Horvat

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