Jordan Binnington, NHL Central Scouting's third-ranked goaltender
, was announced today as one of 10 goalies invited to Hockey Canada's summer goaltending camp. It's the first step in the tryout process for Canada's 2012 World Junior Championship team.
Binnington, who plays for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack, is the only one of the 10 eligible for the 2011 Entry Draft. Eight have been drafted or signed by NHL teams; only Belleville Bulls goalie Malcolm Subban
doesn't have an NHL affiliation as he doesn't become draft-eligible until next year.
"I'm pretty excited about it," Binnington told NHL.com. "It's a great opportunity for me to showcase myself. Obviously I'm young … chances are slim for me, but I'm going to show what I can do and hopefully we'll see what happens from there."
Other goaltenders invited are Mississauga's J.P. Anderson
(Sharks), University of Denver's Sam Brittian (Panthers), Medicine Hat's Tyler Bunz
(Oilers), Quebec's Louis Domingue
(Coyotes), Seattle's Calvin Pickard
(Avalanche), Everett's Kent Simpson
(Blackhawks) and Niagara's Mark Visentin
Hockey Canada also invited six goalies to the same camp as a tryout for the summer under-18 team that will represent Canada at August's Ivan Hlinka
Memorial Tournament. None of that group is eligible until next year's draft: Daniel Altshuller, Nepean (CCHL), Chris Driedger, Tri-City (WHL), Alex Dubeau, Shawinigan (QMJHL), Domenic Graham, Drummondville (QMJHL), Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), Francois Tremblay, Val-d'Or (QMJHL).
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