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Three Avalanche prospects invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp

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Bowen Byram will be joined by two future NHL teammates at Team Canada’s World Junior camp

Alex Newhook Team Canada
Alex Newhook as a part of Canada’s U18 team

A few years ago Colorado Avalanche fans got a look into the future as star prospects Cale Makar and Conor Timmins anchored Canada’s gold-medal winning team at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship. This year there is a very strong chance that we could see three Avalanche prospects do the same, as Bowen Byram, Alex Newhook and Justin Barron have all been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Selection Camp.

The invited players—five goaltenders, 15 defensemen and 26 forwards—will assemble in Red Deer, Alberta, on November 16th with the expectation that the final roster will be named by December 13th.

Of the three former first round picks, Byram is an absolute lock to be on the team. He will be a part of the leadership group of returning players and will likely see himself with a letter on his jersey when the tournament starts.

After being a late cut from last year’s team, Newhook is also a near certainty to make the team. After putting up 42 points in only 34 games as a freshman at Boston College last year, many believe that Newhook has overtaken Byram as Colorado’s top prospect. He is one of the best skaters outside of the NHL, and his ability to seamlessly transition to the wing will give him an advantage when it comes to making the team. There is a very good chance that Newhook joins 2020 first overall pick Alexis Lafreniere as the left wingers in Canada’s top-6.

As for Barron, after fighting through a number of health issues, the 18-year-old finally worked his way back into the Halifax lineup this past weekend. With the QMJHL season the only hockey currently being played in North America, the players coming from that league might have an advantage going into camp. Barron is being worked back into the Mooseheads lineup slowly but should still have a leg up on the players from the NCAA, OHL and WHL who haven’t been on the ice since March. If he can get back to where he was before the blood clot issues derailed his draft season, Barron will have a very strong chance to make the team. Canada’s head coach André Tourigny will be very familiar with Barron as he played for the coach at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup—putting up a point per game in the tournament.

The familiarity with the coaching staff and the fact that he’s already playing this season should amplify Barron’s chance of making the team. After Jamie Drysdale, the right side of Canada’s blueline is completely unsettled. Barron will be competing with fellow 2020 first round pick Braden Schneider, as well as 2019 draft picks Kaedan Korczak and Jordan Spance, for a spot in the lineup.

At camp, Hockey Canada plans to build a “bubble” for the team in Red Deer to make the process as safe as possible for the players.

“As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada has taken important steps to maintain the health and safety of our National Junior Team athletes and staff, as well as the community at large, during selection camp and throughout the World Juniors,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada.

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, and will run from Christmas day until January 5th.

Here is the complete list of invitees for the selection camp:

Team Canada World Junior Selection Camp Roster

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team NHL Draft
Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team NHL Draft
Goaltenders
Brett Brochu L 5’11” 156 09/09/02 Tilbury, Ont. London (OHL) 2021 Draft
Dylan Garand L 6’1” 172 06/07/02 Victoria, B.C. Kamloops (WHL) NYR 2020 (4/103)
Taylor Gauthier R 6’2” 190 02/15/01 Calgary, Alta. Prince George (WHL) 2021 Draft
Tristan Lennox L 6’3” 190 10/21/02 Cambridge, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) 2021 Draft
Devon Levi L 6’0” 185 12/27/01 Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. Northeastern U. (HE) FLA 2020 (7/212)
Defence
Justin Barron R 6’2” 198 11/15/01 Halifax, N.S. Halifax (LHJMQ) COL 2020 (1/25)
Bowen Byram L 6’1” 192 06/13/01 Cranbrook, B.C. Vancouver (WHL) COL 2019 (1/4)
Lukas Cormier L 5’10” 176 03/27/02 Saint-Marie-de-Kent, N.B. Charlottetown (LHJMQ) VGK 2020 (3/68)
Jamie Drysdale R 5’11” 170 04/08/02 Toronto, Ont. Erie (OHL) ANA 2020 (1/6)
Kaiden Guhle L 6’3” 184 01/18/02 Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince Albert (WHL) MTL 2020 (1/16)
Thomas Harley L 6’4” 195 08/19/01 Jamesville, N.Y. Mississauga (OHL) DAL 2019 (1/18)
Daemon Hunt L 6’0” 194 05/15/02 Brandon, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) MIN 2020 (3/65)
Kaedan Korczak R 6’4” 200 01/29/01 Yorkton, Sask. Kelowna (WHL) VGK 2019 (2/41)
Mason Millman L 6’1” 180 07/18/01 London, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) PHI 2019 (4/103)
Ryan O’Rourke L 6’1” 169 05/16/02 Bowmanville, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) MIN 2020 (2/39)
Owen Power L 6’5” 214 11/22/02 Mississauga, Ont. U. of Michigan (Big Ten) 2021 Draft
Matthew Robertson L 6’4” 203 03/09/01 Sherwood Park, Alta. Edmonton (WHL) NYR 2019 (2/49)
Braden Schneider R 6’2” 210 09/20/01 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon (WHL) NYR 2020 (1/19)
Donovan Sebrango L 6’1” 184 01/12/02 Kingston, Ont. Kitchener (OHL) DET 2020 (3/63)
Jordan Spence R 5’10” 178 02/24/01 Cornwall, P.E.I. Moncton (LHJMQ) LAK 2019 (4/95)
Forwards
Adam Beckman L 6’1” 174 05/10/01 Saskatoon, Sask. Spokane (WHL) MIN 2019 (3/75)
Mavrik Bourque R 5’11” 185 01/08/02 Plessisville, Que. Shawinigan (LHJMQ) DAL 2020 (1/30)
Quinton Byfield L 6’4” 215 08/19/02 Newmarket, Ont. Sudbury (OHL) LAK 2020 (1/2)
Graeme Clarke R 6’0” 174 04/24/01 Nepean, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) NJD 2019 (3/80)
Dylan Cozens R 6’3” 185 02/09/01 Whitehorse, Y.T. Lethbridge (WHL) BUF 2019 (1/7)
Tyson Foerster R 6’1” 193 01/18/02 Alliston, Ont. Barrie (OHL) PHI 2020 (1/23)
Gage Goncalves L 6’1” 170 01/16/01 Mission, B.C. Everett (WHL) TBL 2020 (2/62)
Ridly Greig L 5’11” 162 08/08/02 Lethbridge, Alta. Brandon (WHL) OTT 2020 (1/28)
Dylan Holloway L 6’1” 203 09/23/01 Bragg Creek, Alta. U. of Wisconsin (Big Ten) EDM 2020 (1/14)
Seth Jarvis R 5’10” 172 02/01/02 Winnipeg, Man. Portland (WHL) CAR 2020 (1/13)
Peyton Krebs L 5’11” 180 01/26/01 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg (WHL) VGK 2019 (1/17)
Hendrix Lapierre L 6’0” 181 02/09/02 Gatineau, Que. Chicoutimi (LHJMQ) WSH 2020 (1/22)
Connor McMichael L 6’0” 181 01/15/01 Ajax, Ont. London (OHL) WSH 2019 (1/25)
Dawson Mercer R 6’0” 180 10/27/01 Bay Roberts, N.L.. Chicoutimi (LHJMQ) NJD 2020 (1/18)
Alex Newhook L 5’11” 197 01/28/01 St. John’s, N.L.. Boston College (HE) COL 2019 (1/16)
Jakob Pelletier L 5’10” 170 03/07/01 Quebec City, Que. Val-d’Or (LHJMQ) CGY 2019 (1/26)
Cole Perfetti L 5’10” 180 01/01/02 Whitby, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) WPG 2020 (1/10)
Samuel Poulin L 6’2” 213 02/25/01 Blainville, Que. Sherbrooke (LHJMQ) PIT 2019 (1/21)
Jack Quinn R 6’1” 179 09/19/01 Cobden, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) BUF 2020 (1/8)
Jamieson Rees L 5’10” 171 02/26/01 Hamilton, Ont. Sarnia (OHL) CAR 2019 (2/44)
Cole Schwindt R 6’3” 186 04/25/01 Kitchener, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) FLA 2019 (3/81)
Xavier Simoneau L 5’7” 174 05/19/01 Saint-André-Avellin, Que. Drummondville (LHJMQ) 2021 Draft
Ryan Suzuki L 6’1” 180 05/28/01 London, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) CAR 2019 (1/28)
Philip Tomasino R 6’0” 183 07/28/01 Mississauga, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) NSH 2019 (1/24)
Shane Wright R 5’11” 180 01/05/04 Burlington, Ont. Kingston (OHL) 2022 Draft
Connor Zary L 6’0” 180 09/25/01 Saskatoon, Sask. Kamloops (WHL) CGY 2020 (1/24)