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Canada sets lineup against CIS Selects

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 3:51 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

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Canada sets lineup against CIS Selects

TORONTO – Canada Under-20 national team coach Brent Sutter used an exhibition Saturday against the CIS Toronto Selects to try to figure out what his roster and lines will look like when the team leaves Sunday evening for Malmo, Sweden, site of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sutter scratched Jonathan Drouin, Bo Horvat, John Morrissey, Nic Petan and Griffin Reinhart for the game. Drouin was unavailable as he is still dealing with a concussion suffered eight days ago.

Connor McDavid, the 16-year-old prodigy, was given a high profile, playing center on a line with Hunter Shinkaruk and Sam Reinhart. Meanwhile, Aaron Ekblad, the 17-year-old defender, played with Adam Pelech.

Here is how Canada looked at the start of the game:

Forwards

Taylor LeierScott LaughtonFelix Girard

Hunter Shinkaruk – Connor McDavid – Sam Reinhart

Charles HudonCurtis LazarAnthony Mantha

Kerby RychelFrederik GauthierJosh Anderson

Defensemen

Derrick PouliotMathew Dumba

Adam Pelech – Aaron Ekblad

Chris BigrasDamon Severson

Goalies

Zachary Fucale

Jake Paterson

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