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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard, Rodrigue and McLeod invited to Summer Showcase

Oilers 2018 draft picks Evan Bouchard, Olivier Rodrigue and Ryan McLeod have been invited to Team Canada's World Jr. Summer Showcase roster

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers prospects Olivier Rodrigue, Evan Bouchard and Ryan McLeod have been invited to Team Canada's 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase roster.

The event will be held in Kamloops, BC, from July 28 to Aug. 4. The eight-day tournament will pit four countries (Canada, United States, Finland and Sweden) against one another as an evaluation process for the 2019 Wolrd Junior Championship to be hosted by Vancouver and Victoria beginning Dec. 26.

Tweet from @HC_WJC: 40 of Canadas top junior prospects invited to the @SportChek World Junior Showcase July 28 August 4 in Kamloops. #REPRESENT #WJCShowcaseROSTER:

"The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase gives us an excellent opportunity to begin the evaluation process and for the staff to familiarize themselves with the players before the new season kicks off," said Brad McEwen, head scout for Hockey Canada via press release.

"We also get to see the players in competition against the teams who will be returning to Vancouver and Victoria this December. It's a unique opportunity, and we're looking forward to making the most of it as we kick off our journey to the 2019 World Juniors later this month."

Canada will dress two squads for games against a split Team USA before combining again as Team Canada to play Finland on Aug. 2, and Sweden on Aug. 3. They will close the mini-tournament against the United States on Aug. 4.

American defence prospect Phil Kemp has been invited to Team USA's roster.

See Canada's full 40-man roster here.

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