While the NHL product has not been great recently, at least Colorado Avalanche fans can look towards a brighter future. Cale Makar and Conor Timmins - the team’s first two picks from this past June’s draft - have been invited to Hockey Canada’s selection camp for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
The camp will take place in St. Catherines, Ontario starting next week.
Both right-shooting defenders, both Makar and Timmins are going to be battling for a spot on Team Canada with the likes of Dante Fabbro, Cal Foote, and David Quenneville
Fabbro and Makar are virtual locks to make the team leaving one RD spot up for grabs. Timmins likely has the inside track on that spot given that he has been one of the best defensemen in the CHL over the past month. That said, Cal Foote has been great for Kelowna this season and Quenneville has a long history with Hockey Canada.
One thing to remember; if the Avalanche wanted to, they could still send both Tyson Jost and Samuel Girard back to the World Juniors for Canada. Such a move is highly unlikely, but it would be pretty cool to see such a large part of the future of the Avs all in one place at the World Juniors.
If I were building Canada’s blueline, it would look like this:
My Team Canada:— Astute Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie) December 6, 2017
Bean - Fabbro
Clague - Makar
Mahura - Timmins