MONTREAL – Three of the Canadiens’ prospects already know what they want for Christmas: a trip to Alberta.
They’ve already taken their first step towards that goal by earning the right to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team development camp, slated to take place in Edmonton and Fort McMurray over the next five days. A crucial step in the road to being among the 22 players that will ultimately make up the roster, the development camp will give the Habs’ first round pick of 2011, Nathan Beaulieu
, along with forwards Michael Bournival
and Brendan Gallagher
the chance to impress Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence head scout, Kevin Prendergast and his staff.
This year marks Beaulieu’s first attempt at cracking the under-20 Canadian team’s lineup, while both Bournival and Gallagher were among the final cuts in the selection process that put together the most recent edition of the team in 2011.
The three Canadiens prospects will then hope to receive invites to the final camp that will be held in December where they’ll have the chance to earn themselves spots on Canada’s National Junior Team and avenge the country’s heart-breaking gold medal loss to Russia in last year’s Championship held in Buffalo.
With the exception of the 2010 Championship held in Saskatoon, the Canadiens have always had at least one prospect in the mix for Team Canada over the course of the last six years. Guillaume Latemdresse and Kyle Chipchura (2006), Carey Price
(2007), P.K. Subban
(2008 and 2009) and most recently Louis Leblanc
(2011) have all donned Canada’s jersey at the World Juniors; Leblanc unfortunately being the only one not to win gold.Alexandre Harvey is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane.ALSO SEE:Summer school Summer of Subban The Gatekeeper Proving ground Veteran Presence Josh Gorges inks one-year deal