PREDICTING CANADA'S 2022 WORLD JUNIOR ROSTER

NOV 6, 2021  (12H45)      COOPER GODIN
We are exactly 50 days until the start of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. Hockey Canada will host their annual selections camp beginning on December 9th.

Today, I'm going to take a crack at predicting Canada's roster for this year's tournament.

Each of the ten participating nations will be allowed to carry a 23-man roster, usually divided up into 13 forwards, seven defencemen, and three goaltenders.

Forwards (13)
Connor Bedard (Regina Pats - WHL)
Zachary Bolduc (Quebec Ramparts - QMJHL)
Xavier Bourgault (Shawinigan Cataractes - QMJHL)
Mavrik Bourque (Shawinigan Cataractes - QMJHL)
Luke Evangelista (London Knights - OHL)
Tyson Foerster (Lehigh Valley Phantoms - AHL)
Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings - WHL)
Dylan Guenther (Edmonton Oil Kings - WHL)
Kent Johnson (University of Michigan - NCAA)
Zachary L'Heureux (Halifax Mooseheads - QMJHL)
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds (OHL)
Cole Perfetti (Manitoba Moose - AHL)*
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs - OHL)

Defencemen (7)
Corson Ceulemans (University of Wisconsin - NCAA)
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts - OHL)
Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders - WHL)*
Daemon Hunt (Moose Jaw Warriors - WHL)
Carson Lambos (Winnipeg Ice - WHL)
Owen Power (University of Michigan - NCAA)
Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves - OHL)

Goaltenders (3)
Brett Brochu (London Knights - OHL)
Sebastian Cossa (Edmonton Oil Kings - WHL)
Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers - WHL)*

*- returning player.

Although it's not guaranteed he gets released from his AHL club, I included Tyson Foerster. The Alliston, Ontario native was the Philadelphia Flyers' 2020 first round pick and due to COVID-19 shutting down the OHL last season, he opted to play in the AHL. For the 2021-22 season, Foerster returned to Lehigh Valley, but there is a small chance that he could be sent back to the Barrie Colts of the OHL. If that moves comes, it would be more than likely after Foerster plays for Canada at the World Juniors.

I also included Cole Perfetti, who would be a returning player for Canada. Perfetti played in two games for the Winnipeg Jets earlier this season, but has since been sent to their AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, where he has three points in five games. I would suspected that the Moose and Jets allow Perfetti to represent his country once again.

There were four other names I left off my roster because I have a hard time believing that their NHL clubs will loan them. Those players are: Jake Neighbours (St. Louis Blues), Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks), Seth Jarvis (Carolina Hurricanes), and Cole Sillinger (Columbus Blue Jackets). If I had to pick one name off this list to be loaned, I would say the most likely is Seth Jarvis.

To wrap up this article, let's take a look at Canada's games for the 2022 World Juniors (all at 7pm ET/5pm MT).

December 26th vs Czech Republic
December 28th vs Austria
December 29th vs Germany
December 31st vs Finland
TRENDING NOW
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EDMONTON'S JESSE PULJUJARVI FILES TRADEMARK FOR HIS NHL NICKNAME
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TAMPA BAY EBUG KYLE KONIN GETS A BUCKETLESS ROOKIE LAP AFTER DRESSING FOR THE ST. LOUIS BLUES
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HENRIK LUNDQVIST MAKES HIS PICK FOR BEST GOALTENDER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW
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FORMER HNIC BROADCASTER RIPPED ON TWITTER AFTER POSTING OPINION ON HABS GM SITUATION
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MARNER SNAPS AT MUZZIN AFTER THE TWO COLLIDE DURING PRACTICE
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JACK EICHEL IS NO LONGER THE ONLY NHL PLAYER TO GET ARTIFICIAL DISC REPLACEMENT SURGERY
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ANDREAS JOHNSSON RUINS FIGHT BY TAKING OFF HIS HELMET
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P.K. SUBBAN GETS AWAY WITH A SLEW FOOT ON NIK EHLERS
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NHL NEWS
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IGOR SHESTERKIN
EXITS FRIDAY'S GAME
Shesterkin (lower body) left Friday's game against the Sharks, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
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CRAIG ANDERSON
FACING LONG-TERM ABSENCE
Anderson (upper body) -- who had been traveling with the team -- was downgraded to month-to-month by the Sabres on Friday.
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JADEN SCHWARTZ
NOT READY TO PLAY FRIDAY
Schwartz (lower body) will be shelved versus Edmonton on Friday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
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JORDAN EBERLE
OUT AGAINST EDMONTON
Eberle (lower body) will not be available versus the Oilers on Friday but is still considered day-to-day, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
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MITCH MARNER
INJURED AT PRACTICE
Marner left Friday's practice session for precautionary reasons. The center will travel with the team for Saturday's matchup with Minnesota and will be reevaluated prior to puck drop, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
PANTHERS23164335
2
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
3
LIGHTNING22135430
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS20128-24
6
SABRES23812319
7
CANADIENS25617214
8
SENATORS21515111
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
DECEMBER 3, 2021 G A PTS
MARK SCHEIFELE
3 1 4
BLAKE WHEELER
- 3 3
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
2 - 2
MAX PACIORETTY
2 - 2
MIKE AMADIO
1 1 2
EVAN BOUCHARD
1 1 2
EVGENY DADONOV
1 1 2
LEON DRAISAITL
1 1 2
RYAN GRAVES
1 1 2
CONNOR MCDAVID
1 1 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
+2
22212243
CONNOR MCDAVID
+2
22162642
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
24191938
NAZEM KADRI
2092130
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2391928
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
2382028
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
2482028
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
+1
2491827
STEVEN STAMKOS
21111425
KYLE CONNOR
+1
23141125
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2352025
TROY TERRY
24151025
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
TIMO MEIER
19111324
MATT DUCHENE
23131124
ELIAS LINDHOLM
+1
24101424
ADAM FOX
+1
2241923
ARTEMI PANARIN
2261723
ANZE KOPITAR
2281523
  COMPLETE STATS