Defenseman Jakob Chychrun and center Michael McLeod, two of the top six players in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the best North American skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, were among those named to Canada's tryout camp for the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Hockey Canada announced Thursday that 23 players would take part in a pre-competition camp to be held in Winnipeg.
Chychrun, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound left-shot defender, had 49 points (11 goals, 38 assists) in 62 games with Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League and eight points in seven OHL playoff games. He's No. 2 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking and the top-rated defenseman.
McLeod (6-2, 188) had 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists) in 57 games with Mississauga of the OHL, and nine points in seven playoff games. He's No. 6 on Central Scouting's rankings.
Chychrun and McLeod are among six players in Central Scouting's top 30 among North American skaters invited to the camp. Joining them will be defenseman Jake Bean (No. 13) of Calgary of the Western Hockey League; center Tyson Jost (No. 15) and defenseman Dante Fabbro (No. 18) of Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League; and defenseman Logan Stanley (No. 23) of Windsor of the OHL.
Also attending the camp is Evan Fitzpatrick of Sherbrooke of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, who is No. 2 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American goaltenders.
Eleven of the 23 players invited to the camp are eligible for the 2017 draft.
"Bringing the players together in Winnipeg gives the team a chance to gel before we travel to Grand Forks, and allows some of our up-and-coming players to gain some valuable experience working with our coaching staff and playing two exhibition games against international teams," said Ryan Jankowski, Director, Player Personnel for Hockey Canada. "We're looking forward to a great week in Winnipeg."
The World U-18 tournament will be held April 14-24 in Grand Forks, N.D.
Canada will play Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland and Slovakia during preliminary-round action.
Shaun Clouston, coach of Medicine Hat of the WHL, will coach Canada.
CANADA WORLD U-18 CHAMPIONSHIP CAMP ROSTER
GOALIES: Michael DiPietro, Windsor, OHL (2017 draft eligilble); Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke, QMJHL (2016 draft eligible); Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge, WHL (2017 draft eligible)
DEFENSMEN: Jake Bean, Calgary, WHL (2016 draft eligible); Jakob Chychrun, Sarnia, OHL (2016 draft eligible); Dante Fabbro, Penticton, BCHL (2016 draft eliglble); Nicolas Hague, Mississauga, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Markus Phillips, Owen Sound, OHL (2017 draft eligible); David Quenneville, Medicine Hat, WHL (2016 draft eliglble); Logan Stanley, Windsor, OHL (2016 draft eligible)
FORWARDS: Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Spokane, WHL (2017 draft eligible); William Bitten, Flint, OHL (2016 draft eligible); Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville, QMJHL (2017 draft eligible); Tyson Jost, Penticton, BCHL (2016 draft eligilble); Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia, OHL (2016 draft eligible); Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville, QMJHL (2016 draft eligible); Beck Malenstyn, Calgary, WHL (2016 draft eligible); Michael McLeod, Mississauga, OHL (2016 draft eligible); Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL (2017 draft eligible); Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat, WHL (2017 draft eligible); Owen Tippett, Mississauga, OHL (2017 draft eligible); Gabe Vilardi, Windsor, OHL (2017 draft eligible)