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Prospects McNeill, Danault named to Canada's World Junior camp

by Hockey Canada / Chicago Blackhawks

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Monday that 37 of Canada’s top junior-aged players (born in 1993 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, Dec. 11-13, 2012 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Of the 37 players invited, six are returning players – Dougie Hamilton (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL), Scott Harrington (Kingston, Ont./London, OHL), Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./ Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./ Niagara, OHL) helped Canada earn a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta. A seventh potential returning player, Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Everett, WHL), is unavailable due to an injury.

In total, 31 of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2011 or 2012 NHL Entry Drafts, including 13 first-round selections and eight second-round picks.

“On behalf of Hockey Canada, we want to congratulate the players named to the camp roster today, along with their club teams, parents and minor hockey coaches that have helped them reach this level,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations/national teams.

“Thanks to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, many of these players have already received the experience necessary to deal with high-paced international competition such as the World Juniors,” said Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence. “The quality and skill of the 37 players invited to camp next week is a testament to the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey systems.”

Prendergast travelled coast to coast during the early months of the 2012-13 season, assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, I would like to congratulate all players who have been named to the selection camp roster,” said David Branch, president of the CHL. “This is a tremendous honour, and all have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today.”

Here is the entire camp roster:

Goalies: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack, OHL (St. Louis Blues); Laurent Brossoit, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL (Calgary Flames); Jake Paterson, Saginaw Spirit, OHL (Detroit Red Wings); Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls, OHL (Boston Bruins).

Defensemen: Frank Corrado, Sudbury Wolves, OHL (Vancouver Canucks); Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs, OHL (Boston Bruins); Scott Harrington, London Knights, OHL (Pittsburgh Penguins); Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers, OHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Xavier Ouellet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, QMJHL (Detroit Red Wings); Griffin Reinhardt, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL (New York Islanders); Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL (Toronto Maple Leafs); Ryan Sproule, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Detroit Red Wings); Tyler Wotherspoon, Portland Winterhawks, WHL (Calgary Flames), Matthew Dumba, Red Deer Rebels, WHL (Minnesota Wild); Adam Pelech, Worcester Shark, AHL (New York Islanders); Derek Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks, WHL (Pittsburgh Penguins).

Forwards: Phillip Danault, Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL (Chicago Blackhawks); Daniel Catenacci, Owen Sound Attack, OHL (Buffalo Sabres); Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals, OHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oklahoma City Barons, AHL (Edmonton Oilers); Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs, OHL (New York Islanders); Charles Hudon, Chicoutimi Sagueneens, QMJHL (Montreal Canadiens); Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL (Florida Panthers); Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2013 draft eligible); Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders, WHL (Chicago Blackhawks); Sean Monahan, Ottawa 67's, OHL (2013 eligible); Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks, WHL (St. Louis Blues); Brett Ritchie, Niagara IceDogs, OHL (Dallas Stars); Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts, OHL (Winnipeg Jets); Tom Wilson, Plymouth Whalers, OHL (Washington Capitals); Anthony Camara, Barrie Colts, OHL (Boston Bruins); Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL (2013 eligible); Jonathan Drouin, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2013 eligible); Colton Sissons, Kelowna Rockets, WHL (Nashville Predators); Francis Beauvillier, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL (Florida Panthers); J.C. Lipon, Kamloops Blazers, WHL; Tyler Graovac, Ottawa 67's, OHL (Minnesota Wild).

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