BROSSARD, Quebec -- Three of the top four picks from the 2014 NHL Draft are scheduled to be in action Tuesday when the Canadian national junior team begins the competitive component of its summer development camp.
Canada will be breaking its group of 41 players taking part in the camp at the Montreal Canadiens' training facility just outside Montreal into two teams for games Tuesday and Wednesday against the Czech Republic and Russia.
The first group scheduled to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday at Ed Meagher Arena on the campus of Concordia University in Montreal includes defenseman Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers) and forwards Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres) and Sam Bennett (Calgary Flames), the first, second and fourth picks in this year's draft.
The second group scheduled for the game Wednesday against Russia to be played at the Palais des sports Leopold-Drolet in Sherbrooke, Quebec is headlined by Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League, the consensus top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft and the only undrafted player at the camp.
How the goaltenders will be used in these games has yet to be confirmed, though goaltending coach Fred Brathwaite said each of the four goaltenders in camp should see 60 minutes of action, whether that's by playing a complete game or parts of two games.
Forward Jake Virtanen (Vancouver Canucks), the sixth pick in this year's draft, is unable to play due to an injury, leaving an open spot on the roster of Group 2.
Canada will play Russia again on Thursday in Sherbrooke and the Czech Republic on Friday in Montreal, but the lineups for those two games have not been determined.
Here are the tentative lineups scheduled to play Tuesday and Wednesday.
Group 1 (Tuesday)
Nick Ritchie – Sam Reinhart – Anthony Duclair
Jason Dickinson – Curtis Lazar – Brayden Point
Brendan Perlini – Sam Bennett – Jayce Hawryluk
Tyler Bertuzzi – Frederick Gauthier – Greg Chase
Josh Morrissey – Aaron Ekblad
Darnell Nurse – Roland McKeown
Samuel Morin – Haydn Fleury
Group 2 (Wednesday)
Max Domi – Nic Petan – Nick Baptiste
Michael Dal Colle – Bo Horvat – Zach Nastasiuk
Morgan Klimchuk – Connor McDavid – Jeremy Gregoire
Nick Paul – Robby Fabbri
Chris Bigras – Madison Bowey
Shea Theodore – Dillon Heatherington
Travis Sanheim – Ben Harpur