Seven players ranked in the top 30 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft were picked for Canada's team that will play in the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Forwards Frederik Gauthier, Jason Dickinson and Morgan Klimchuk, along with defensemen Shea Theodore, Joshua Morrissey, Chris Bigras and Madison Bowey were among the 23 players picked for the tournament, which will be held April 18-28 in Sochi, Russia.
Canada is in Group B, along with Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. Canada plays its first game April 18 against Slovakia.
Gauthier, a center with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is No. 7 on Central Scouting's rankings. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder had 60 points in 62 games and a plus-22 rating. He is highly regarded for his ability to produce offense as well as excel in the defensive zone.