Sharks prospect Devin Setoguchi was among 38 players invited to Team Canada’s camp for the upcoming World Junior tournament.
Setoguchi, originally selected by San Jose in the first round (8th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has posted 18 points (nine goals, nine assist) in 23 games with Prince George of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Setoguchi spent the previous three years with Saskatoon (WHL) before being traded to Prince George prior to the start of this season.
Setoguchi was among the last 34 players at the selection camp last year for Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Tournament. He also represented the WHL at the WHL-Russia Challenge.
Canada will play its first game of the 2007 World Juniors in Sweden on December 26th against Sweden.
Canada has medaled in eight straight World Junior Championships including: back to back gold medal performances in 2006 and 2005, silver medals in 2004, 2003, 2002, 1999 and bronze medals in 2001 and 2000.
At the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, Canada will look to win a third consecutive gold medal for the first time since Canada’s string of five consecutive World Junior Championship titles (1993-1997).
PAVELSKI HOT, BUT . . .
Rookie center Joe Pavelski
is off to an impressive start to his NHL career, posting four goals in his first five contests, but there have been other strong first impressions from other Sharks rookies as well.
Pavelski has four goals in five games, the third fastest to do so in franchise history.
Ahead of Pavelski are former Sharks Jan Caloun who scored four goals in three games March 18-22, 1996 and Rob Gadreau who also scored four goals in three games Dec. 1-5, 1992.
With a hat trick tonight in Dallas, Pavelski can match Gadreau’s record of seven goals in his first six games Dec. 1-12, 1992.