Two Capitals Draft Picks Invited to Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp
/ Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defenseman Patrick McNeill and center Mathieu Perreault have been invited to attend the 2007 Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp, Hockey Canada announced today. McNeill and Perreault are two of the 38 players who will attend the camp that runs from Dec. 10-15, 2006, at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.
McNeill, 19, was the Capitals’ fourth-round choice, 118th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft. The Strathroy, Ontario, native is in his fourth season with Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). McNeill ranks fourth on the team and leads Saginaw defensemen in scoring with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 27 games this season. He is also tied for sixth among defensemen in the OHL in scoring. In 2005-06, McNeill was named Saginaw’s Team Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Defenseman.
Perreault, 18, was the Capitals’ sixth-round choice, 177th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. The Drummondville, Quebec, native leads the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 32 games this season. Perreault has earned many accolades in this season including QMJHL offensive player of the month for November. He was recently named player of the game on Nov. 20, 2006, in the Canada-Russia Challenge with two goals and one assist. Perreault began the season earning QMJHL offensive player of the week honors from Sept. 18-24, 2006, posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in two games.
Washington is one of eight NHL teams with more than one draft pick invited to the camp, which will help determine the team to represent Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship to be held in Sweden Dec. 26, 2006, to Jan. 5, 2007.