The past week was an exciting but fleeting glimpse of the future as NHL prospects took part in World Junior development camps.
The end to Team Canada's camp was a difficult one, as the squad was defeated in all three of its exhibition contests. Canada lost 2-1 to Finland in overtime and was defeated 5-1 by both Sweden and the United States in Plymouth, Michigan, as part of USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp. The Canadians opened their camp with a few training sessions in Toronto before traveling south of the border.
Colorado Avalanche prospect Tyson Jost of Canada was able to post one assist in three games, coming on Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny’s goal against Finland last Wednesday.
The 18-year-old forward, who was drafted No. 10 overall by Colorado earlier this summer, helped compose one of Canada’s top offensive lines for most of the competition, playing alongside Dylan Strome and Mitchell Marner, both of whom hope to make their NHL debuts next season with the Arizona Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively.
Goaltender Adam Werner, the Avs' 131st overall selection at the 2016 NHL Draft, also saw some action in goal for Team Sweden. He made 44 saves on 49 shots in his only regulation appearance, a 6-4 loss to USA Blue on Aug. 1. He also made two saves in Sweden's 3-2 shootout win over Finland on Saturday.
Overall, the Swedes went 3-2-0 in five contests.
The showcase served as an opportunity for each international federation to evaluate under-20 talent leading up to the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto. Next up for prospective players is training camp in mid-December before final rosters are decided and the tournament begins Dec. 26.