But in the case of Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid -- two players projected to be the top pick in the 2014 and 2015 NHL drafts, respectively -- the invitation to this week's camp is not the only achievement they hope to put on their respective résumés.
Each has an excellent shot at making the Canadian team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.
"They're special players in their own right," Canada coach Brent Sutter said Sunday, after the first day of camp. "There's a reason why they're here. They're obviously exceptional players. They're not ranked where they're ranked right now for the next two years by not being that."