Hockey Canada announced its roster for Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp this morning and Flyers defense prospects Travis Sanheim and Samuel Morin are among the 29-man group to attend the camp beginning Dec. 11 in Toronto.
Sanheim and Morin are two of 10 defensemen invited to the camp, which will need to trim it’s roster from 29 to 22 players by Dec. 25 for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.
Morin, 19, has appeared in just nine games for Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He suffered a fractured jaw five games into the season on Oct. 12 which caused him to miss five weeks, but returned to action this past week where he has recorded a point in each game with two goals and three assists in the five-game span.
Morin was the Flyers’ first round pick (11th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in five out of a possible seven games in the preseason for the Flyers averaging close to 20 minutes of ice time per game, which included three games of over 21 minutes of TOI. He finished the preseason scoreless with a +2 rating and 10 shots on goal.
Sanheim, 18, was the Flyers’ first round pick (17th overall) in this past year’s NHL Entry Draft held in Philadelphia.
After appearing in one preseason game with the Flyers in September, Sanheim was returned to his junior team, the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, where he is averaging nearly a point per-game pace with 25 points (10g-15a) through 27 games.
His 25 points are tied for second on the team in scoring and ranks fourth among all WHL defensemen, while his 10 goals are tied for the lead among WHL defensemen.
His 10 goals are already double what he scored in a 67-game season in 2013-14, his first with the Hitmen. He is also four points shy of eclipsing his career-high of 29 points from last season.