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Junior achievement for Sens prospects

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Defenceman Patrick Wiercioch, a second-round pick by the Senators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has earned has second straight invite to the national junior team selection camp, which runs Dec. 12-16 in Regina (Hockey Canada photo).
They've got Ottawa Senators red in their long-term futures.


But Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch hope to wear another shade of that colour in a few weeks time.

The Senators defenceman prospects are among the 36 players invited to Team Canada's national selection camp in advance of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Hockey Canada announced the roster today for the camp, which runs Dec. 12-16 in Regina. It is being used to choose the 22-man team which will attempt to bring Canada a sixth straight gold at the world juniors. The 2010 event begins Dec. 26 in Saskatoon and Regina.

For Wiercioch, the Senators' second-round pick (42nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, it represents a second straight invite to the final selection camp. He didn't make the roster for the Canadian team that ended up beating Sweden 5-1 in the 2009 WJC gold-medal game at Scotiabank Place.

The 19-year-old native of Maple Ridge, B.C., is currently in his sophomore season at the University of Denver. In 13 games for the Pioneers, Wiercioch has totalled two goals and 10 points.

Meanwhile, the selection camp invite puts Cowen a step closer to representing Canada in his home province. The Senators' top pick (ninth overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft was born in Allan, Sask., but now calls Saskatoon home.

"It would be nice to play at home," the 18-year-old Cowen told The Team 1200. "I'd have a lot of friends and family there and all kinds of people that I know. I'd be able to stay close to home and wouldn't have to travel too much. It would really be nice."

"It would be nice to play at home. "I'd have a lot of friends and family there and all kinds of people that I know. I'd be able to stay close to home and wouldn't have to travel too much. It would really be nice." - Jared Cowen
Cowen, who underwent major reconstructive knee surgery in January, saw action in two pre-season games for the Senators – including one in Regina – before being returned to the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. The Chiefs' captain has produced four goals and 16 points in 23 games and owns a plus-12 rating.

The 18-year-old blueliner represented the WHL in a Subway Super Series game last week against Russia.

Three defenceman from last year's gold-medal winning team in Ottawa – Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan Ellis and Colton Teubert – are among the 12 blueliners invited to the selection camp, along with local products Calvin de Haan and Shawn Lalonde.

"Everyone there is going to be really competitive and really wants a spot," said Cowen. "It'll be a pretty interesting camp."

Prospects corner


Forward Mike Hoffman (fifth round, 130th overall, 2009 draft) has been named the offensive player of the month for November in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Hoffman scored 10 goals, including four game-winners, as the Saint John Sea Dogs went a perfect 10-0-0 during the month. He totalled 20 points and had a plus-15 rating ... Sophomore defenceman Ben Blood (fourth round, 120th overall, 2007 draft) scored his first NCAA goal in North Dakota's 5-5 overtime tie with top-ranked Miami (Ohio).


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