Center Nolan Patrick, the possible No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was one of 32 players chosen by Hockey Canada on Tuesday to take part in Canada's National Junior Team selection camp next month that will help determine its 22-player roster for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Patrick (6-foot-3, 198 pounds), an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list, has missed the past 18 games for Brandon of the Western Hockey League because of an upper-body injury.
Canada's selection camp will be held Dec. 11-14 at the Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau in Blainville, Quebec. It will feature three games, including two matches against a team of U Sports (formerly CIS) all-stars on Dec. 12 and 13, and a final match against the Czech Republic on Dec. 14.
Patrick, 18, who has four goals and nine points in six games this season, told NHL.com on Nov. 16 he hopes to be ready for camp.
"That camp is still an option for me; I think I'll be ready to go before that and obviously that was one of my goals coming into the season," Patrick said. "I think if I get back in time, they'll hopefully give me a shot at it."
Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada director of player personnel, said Patrick is day to day, but must play in the exhibition games if he hopes to make the team.
"For what we're trying to accomplish this year and with everything being earned, [Patrick] will have to participate in the games on Dec. 12-13-14 [in order to make the final roster].
"However, we're not going to know until really probably the 11th hour. We've talked to Nolan and he feels good, yet, he can't even say if he's going to be ready. So we've named him with the expectation that, hopefully, he'll be ready and if he is, he'll come to camp."
The 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship will run Dec. 26, 2016 through Jan. 5, 2017, in Montreal and Toronto.
Canada coach Dominique Ducharme, an assistant coach on Dave Lowry's staff with Canada when it finished sixth at the 2016 WJC, will have five players at the camp from that team: Forwards Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders), Julien Gauthier (Carolina Hurricanes), Mitchell Stephens (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Dylan Strome (Arizona Coyotes) and defenseman Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators).
Canada will be in Group B along with Latvia, Russia, Slovakia and the United States, and play its preliminary round games at Air Canada Centre on Toronto. Defending champion Finland is in Group A, along with Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, and will play its preliminary-round games at Bell Centre in Montreal.
CANADA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECT TEAM ROSTER
GOALTENDERS: Carter Hart, Everett, WHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Connor Ingram, Kamloops, WHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Michael McNiven, Owen Sound, OHL (Montreal Canadiens)
DEFENSEMEN: Jake Bean, Calgary, WHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Guillaume Brisebois, Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL (Vancouver Canucks); Thomas Chabot, Saint John, QMJHL (Ottawa Senators); Dante Fabbro, Boston University, NCAA (Nashville Predators); Samuel Girard, Shawinigan, QMJHL (Nashville Predators); Noah Juulsen, Everett, WHL (Montreal Canadiens); Jeremy Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL (Boston Bruins); Philippe Myers, Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Kale Clague, Brandon, WHL (Los Angeles Kings); Victor Mete, London, OHL (Montreal Canadiens)
FORWARDS: Mathew Barzal, Seattle, WHL (New York Islanders); Anthony Cirelli, Oshawa, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Dillon Dube, Kelowna, WHL (Calgary Flames); Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton, QMJHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Julien Gauthier, Val-d'Or, QMJHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Brett Howden, Moose Jaw, WHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Mathieu Joseph, Saint John, QMJHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Tyson Jost, University of North Dakota, NCAA (Colorado Avalanche); Michael McLeod, Mississauga, OHL (New Jersey Devils); Nicholas Merkley, Kelowna, WHL (Arizona Coyotes); Nolan Patrick, Brandon, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi, QMJHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Zach Senyshyn, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Boston Bruins); Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Dylan Strome, Erie, OHL (Arizona Coyotes); Taylor Raddysh, Erie, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (New Jersey Devils); Sam Steel, Regina, WHL (Anaheim Ducks); Austin Wagner, Regina, WHL (Los Angeles Kings)
Arpon Basu, LNH.com senior managing editor, contributed to this report