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Four LA Kings Prospects Named to Canada's WJC Selection Camp

Gabe Vilardi, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Markus Phillips and Matt Villalta were named to initial 34-man roster for upcoming World Junior Selection Camp

by LAKings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Four LA Kings prospects have been named among the 34 players chosen to attend Team Canada's upcoming World Junior Selection Camp, which will be held December 10-14 in Victoria, British Columbia.

The camp roster includes three goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 19 forwards.

Tweet from @HockeyCanada: 34 Team Canada hopefuls will #REPRESENT at the @SportChek Selection Camp in Victoria, B.C., ahead of the 2019 @HC_WJC. #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/KNkgmzGbA6


Gabe Vilardi

The 19-year-old (born August 16, 1999) is a 6-3, 201-pound native of Kingston, Ontario who was drafted No. 11 overall by the Kings in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Video: Kings draft F Gabriel Vilardi No. 11

Vilardi, currently on a conditioning assignment with the Ontario Reign, picked up his first professional point this past weekend when he assisted Philippe Maillet's goal during the Reign's 5-4 win over the Tucson Roadrunners.

Video: Gabe Vilardi records his first professional point

Last season, Vilardi picked up 58 points (22-36=58) in 32 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. He added 22 points (11-11=22) in 16 playoff games.

In his OHL career, Vilardi had 157 points (68-89=157) in 143 games with the Windsor Spitfires and Frontenacs.

Following the 2017 playoffs with Windsor, his team earned a berth in the Memorial Cup as the host team. The Spitfires went undefeated on home ice, and won the Memorial Cup. Vilardi lead his team in assists and ranked second on the Spitfires in points (0-7=7). Two of his assists came in the championship game against the Erie Otters, where he was named the second star of the night.

Vilardi signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings in March.


Jaret Anderson-Dolan

The 19-year-old forward (born September 12, 1999) is a 5-11, 191-pound native of Calgary, Alberta who was drafted No. 41 overall by the Kings in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Anderson-Dolan made his NHL debut with the LA Kings earlier this season after impressing Kings staff during training camp. He appeared in five games, earning his first NHL point (0-1=1) against the Montreal Canadiens on October 11.

Video: LAK@MTL: Amadio buries one-timer from the slot

Following his stint with the Kings, Anderson-Dolan was assigned to the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League where he picked up two points (2-0=2) in two games before being sidelined by an injury.

Tweet from @TSNBobMcKenzie: LA prospect Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs) is currently in LA and is expected to have surgery there for a broken bone in his wrist. Likely to be out for six to eight weeks, which could negatively impact his availability for Team CAN at the WJC.

Despite the injury, Team Canada announced that Anderson-Dolan remains under consideration for a roster spot. His condition will continue to be monitored and a decision will be made prior to the start of the tournament.

Last season, Anderson-Dolan registered career-highs in goals, assists, points and plus/minus, posting 91 points (40-51=91) and a plus-9 rating while serving his second season as Spokane's assistant captain. He added nine points (2-7=9) in seven postseason games.

He then made his professional debut with the Reign, recording two points (0-2=2) in five regular season games.

Video: Jaret Anderson-Dolan's road to the NHL


Markus Phillips

The 19-year-old (born March 21, 1999) is a 6-0, 207-pound native of Toronto, Ontario. The defenseman was drafted No. 118 overall by the Kings in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Video: Kings draft D Markus Phillips No. 118

Phillips has picked up 103 points (27-76=103) in 226 career games with the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL.

Tweet from @AttackOHL: Nick Suzuki and Markus Phillips both received invitations to the 2019 IIHF World Juniors Team Canada Sportchek Selection Camp! Congratulations guys! #HearTheSound https://t.co/GLgSdsNV6U pic.twitter.com/7xFPFjKhFi


Matthew Villalta

The 19-year-old (born June 3, 1999) is a 6-2, 165-pound native of Kingston, Ontario. The goaltender was drafted No. 72 overall by the Kings in the 2017 NHL Draft.

This season, Villalta has a 12-3-3-0 record with a .904 save percentage and a 3.05 goals against average in 18 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.

In his OHL career, Villalta has posted a 77-11-5-2 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average in 100 games.

He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings in April.

Following selection camp, the Canadian squad will be paired down to the final 22 players who will represent their country at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver from December 26 through January 5.

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