Five Preds prospects are competing in National Evaluation Camps and Tournaments for this winter's World Junior Championships, including 2010 draftees Austin Watson
(Team USA) and Patrick Cehlin
Watson and 2009 second round pick Zach Budish
are among 28 players in Team USA's camp. Team USA held intra-squad scrimmages last weekend in preparation for this week's tournament in Lake Placid, NY against national junior team from Finland and Sweden. Cehlin is part of Team Sweden's entry in the same tournament.
On Monday, Sweden knocked off Team Finland, 5-3. Team USA opened its tournament with a win over Sweden on Tuesday. Watson went scoreless in the game, playing mostly on a line with Jerry D’Amigo (a hold-over from last year's World Junior squad) and Emerson Etem (a fellow 2010 First Round pick), however Cehlin posted a two-point outing. Cehlin scored Sweden's second goal and assisted on Sweden's third goal, helping his team rally from an early 4-0 defecit to pull to within one midway through the second period. Team USA finished strong with a pair of third period goals to ice the game, 6-3. Budish was one of Team USA's three scratch forwards for the game, but is anticipated to be in the lineup for the remaining three US games in the tournament (Wednesday vs. Finland, Friday vs. Sweden, Saturday vs. Finland).
Team Canada opens its Junior Development Camp on Wednesday. Defenseman Charles-Olivier Roussel
and forward Taylor Beck
are among the 44 players expected to participate, including scrimmage games on Friday and Saturday nights. Preds 2009 first round pick Ryan Ellis
is not expected to participate in the camp, but -- as a member of the team the past two World Junior tournaments -- is expected to be a major part of the squad again at this winter's tournament.