EDMONTON -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said he was a tad timid, Mark Pysyk believed he was too cautious and Ryan Murphy admitted the pace caught him by surprise.
Each player felt they were left off Canada's 2011 world junior championship team, which won the silver medal in Buffalo, for those reasons. They came close -- each was invited to Canada's final selection camp in Toronto in December -- but the disappointment of not making the team eventually would hit home.
All of them were invited to return to Canada's development camp this week, and each is hoping for a little retribution this year.
"It's definitely different this year," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I came into December camp last year and I was a little more timid than I should have been. Now I have more confidence and I feel good out here. I think having that experience is just really going to help me. You have to show confidence and assertiveness out there."