Sharks prospects Ty Wishart and Tyler Sexsmith were among 37 of Canada’s best junior-aged hockey players invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Selection Camp from December 10-14, 2007 in Calgary. The camp will determine who will represent Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic. The World Juniors run from December 26-January 1.
“I think for those two players to be viewed at that level, and have the opportunity to potentially represent their country, it is a great honor,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. “We wish them the best of luck in making that team.”
Wishart and Sexsmith’s goal is to help Canada win gold for a fourth consecutive year, but there is work to be done in making the elite club.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Wishart has been having a stellar year for Prince George, registering 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) and 27 penalty minutes in 31 regular season contests. Wishart was selected in the first round (16th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Sexsmith, 5-foot-11, 210-pound netminder, has picked up where he left off from his Memorial Cup winning performance in 2007. He currently has a 19-5-1-3 record in 28 games with five shutouts and a 1.99 goals-against-average. Sexsmith was chosen in the third round (91st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Sharks center prospect Logan Couture
was noticeably absent from the list, but from a Sharks perspective, that puts him in some pretty good company. Couture was a taken eighth overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, but can find sympathy in the fact that Devin Setoguchi (chosen 8th overall in 2005) was never picked for the club and neither were second rounders Jonathan Cheechoo and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
For the players that make the roster, it is a terrific opportunity to grow their games. For those who don’t, such as Couture, they can use it as motivation to become the next Setoguchi, Vlasic or Cheechoo.