Brandon center Nolan Patrick, who could be the first pick of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, is one of 42 players invited to play for Canada at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.
The camp will be held at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan from July 29 to Aug. 5, and will include practices and games against the United States, Finland and Sweden. It's the first step in picking the teams that will play at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Patrick was limited to 33 games in part because of an undiagnosed sports hernia, but finished 10th in the Western Hockey League with an average of 1.39 points per game. He was named the best professional prospect in the Canadian Hockey League.
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Patrick is one of six players in the top 10 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2017 draft invited to the camp. He will be joined by Windsor center Gabriel Vilardi (No. 4), Portland center Cody Glass (6), Mississauga right wing Owen Tippett (7), Brooks defenseman Cale Makar (9) and Owen Sound center Nick Suzuki (10).
In addition, eight players will return from the 2017 WJC team that won the silver medal. Among them are goaltender Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers), who made 31 saves in the 5-4 shootout loss to the United States in the gold-medal game but had a 2.38 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in four games.
Also at the camp from the 2017 WJC team will be defensemen Jake Bean (Carolina Hurricanes), Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators) and Kale Clague (Los Angeles Kings), and forwards Dillon Dube (Calgary Flames), Tyson Jost (Colorado Avalanche), Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils).
Dominique Ducharme will return to coach Canada for the 2018 WJC, which will be held at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2018. Canada also will play the U.S. in the first outdoor WJC game, at New Era Field, home of the Buffalo Bills, on Dec. 29.
CANADA WORLD JUNIOR SUMMER SHOWCASE ROSTER
GOALTENDERS: Michael DiPietro, Windsor, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Carter Hart, Everett, WHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Dylan Wells, Peterborough, OHL (Edmonton Oilers)
DEFENSEMEN: Jake Bean, Calgary, WHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Dennis Cholowski, St. Cloud State, NCHC (Detroit Red Wings); Kale Clague, Brandon, WHL (Los Angeles Kings); Dante Fabbro, Boston University, H-EAST (Nashville Predators); Callan Foote, Kelowna, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Samuel Girard, Shawinigan, QMJHL (Nashville Predators); Nicolas Hague, Mississauga, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Josh Mahura, Regina, WHL (Anaheim Ducks); Cale Makar, Brooks, AJHL (2017 draft eligible); Victor Mete, London, OHL (Montreal Canadiens); David Quenneville, Medicine Hat, WHL (New York Islanders); Conor Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Logan Stanley, Windsor, OHL (Winnipeg Jets)
FORWARDS: Jonathan Ang, Peterborough, OHL (Florida Panthers); Tyler Benson, Vancouver, WHL (Edmonton Oilers); William Bitten, Hamilton, OHL (Montreal Canadiens); Dillon Dube, Kelowna, WHL (Calgary Flames); Pierre-Luc Dubois, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL (Columbus Blue Jackets); Jonah Gadjovich, Owen Sound, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Cody Glass, Portland, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Brett Howden, Moose Jaw, WHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Tyson Jost, Colorado Avalanche; Tanner Kaspick, Brandon, WHL (St. Louis Blues); Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia, OHL (St. Louis Blues); Adam Mascherin, Kitchener, OHL (Florida Panthers); Michael McLeod, Mississauga, OHL (New Jersey Devils); Nolan Patrick, Kelowna, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Matthew Phillips, Victoria, WHL (Calgary Flames); Cliff Pu, London, OHL (Buffalo Sabres); Taylor Raddysh, Erie, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Givani Smith, Guelph, OHL (Detroit Red Wings); Sam Steel, Regina, WHL (Anaheim Ducks); Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Robert Thomas, London, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Owen Tippett, Mississauga, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Gabriel Vilardi, Windsor, OHL (2017 draft eligible)