Hockey Canada has made the roster for the National Junior Team official, which you can read about here.
No real surprises, although if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
had made the team I wouldn't have been surprised. But coach Dave Cameron is a pretty sharp guy, and he knows what it takes to build a World Juniors winner -- he was an assistant to Pat Quinn
for the gold-medal winners in 2009 as well as an assistant to Willie Desjardins last year in Saskatoon.
Offensively, Canada certainly has good size, with Curtis Hamilton
, Sean Couturier
, Zack Kassian
and Carter Ashton
all standing at least 6-foot-3. They also look solid defensivley with good puck-movers in Ryan Ellis
, Calvin de Haan
and Tyson Barrie
, as well as big bangers in Jared Cowen
and Erik Gudbranson
Goaltending will be a question, as neither Olivier Roy
nor Mark Visentin
has World Junior experience. The same was said about Jake Allen
and Martin Jones
, last year's goaltenders, part of the reason Canada took home the silver.
Canada will play three exhibition games to get ready for its WJC debut, against Russia on Dec. 26.
And stay tuned for more on Canada news today. NHL.com will have a camera at the MasterCard Centre today to record all the day's news from the public unveiling of the team.