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Barzal heads Canada U-18 World Championship roster

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Seattle Thunderbirds center Mathew Barzal, No. 11 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, was one of 17 players named to compete for Canada at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Switzerland, April 16-26.

Barzal, who finished with 12 goals and 57 points in 44 games for the Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League this season, is one of four players on the roster projected as 2015 first-round picks. On defense, No. 16 Thomas Chabot of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and No. 21 Jeremy Roy of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, were selected. Prince George Cougars center Jansen Harkins was No. 15 on Central Scouting's final ranking.

The roster includes 10 players who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last August. Barzal, who was on that team, also won a bronze medal for Canada at the 2014 U-18 World Championship.

Here is the Canadian roster for the U-18 World Championship:

Goalies: Evan Cormier, Saginaw, OHL (2016 draft eligible); Zachary Sawchenko, Moose Jaw, WHL (2016 draft eligible).

Defense: Ethan Bear, Seattle, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Guillaume Brisebois, Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Kyle Capobianco, Sudbury, OHL (2015 draft eligible); Thomas Chabot, Saint John, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Matthew Spencer, Peterborough, OHL (2015 draft eligible); Parker Wotherspoon, Tri-City, WHL (2015 draft eligible).

Forwards: Mathew Barzal, Seattle, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Glenn Gawdin, Swift Current, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Jansen Harkins, Prince George, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Nathan Noel, Saint John, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi, QMJHL (2015 draft eligible); Deven Sideroff, Kamloops, WHL (2015 draft eligible); Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw, OHL (2015 draft eligible).

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