TORONTO – Canada Under-20 national team coach Brent Sutter used an exhibition Saturday against the CIS Toronto Selects to try to figure out what his roster and lines will look like when the team leaves Sunday evening for Malmo, Sweden, site of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Sutter scratched Jonathan Drouin, Bo Horvat, John Morrissey, Nic Petan and Griffin Reinhart for the game. Drouin was unavailable as he is still dealing with a concussion suffered eight days ago.
Connor McDavid, the 16-year-old prodigy, was given a high profile, playing center on a line with Hunter Shinkaruk and Sam Reinhart. Meanwhile, Aaron Ekblad, the 17-year-old defender, played with Adam Pelech.
Here is how Canada looked at the start of the game:
Taylor Leier – Scott Laughton – Felix Girard
Hunter Shinkaruk – Connor McDavid – Sam Reinhart
Charles Hudon – Curtis Lazar – Anthony Mantha
Kerby Rychel – Frederik Gauthier – Josh Anderson
Derrick Pouliot – Mathew Dumba
Adam Pelech – Aaron Ekblad
Chris Bigras – Damon Severson