Many pundits considered the inclusion of forward Jonathan Drouin on the Canadian roster a bit of a surprise at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia last season.
There was no question about Drouin's inclusion this season, and he might be considered the best player in the 2014 tournament in Malmo, Sweden.
The 18-year-old left wing, selected in the first round (No. 3) of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is in the midst of another spectacular season for the Halifax Mooseheads. Not surprisingly, he was one of 25 players invited to the country's WJC selection camp scheduled Dec. 12-15 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.