Connor Bedard, a prime prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, is among the many 25 gamers that may play for Canada on the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The event can be performed at Rogers Place in Edmonton from Aug. 9-20.
Bedard was fourth within the Western Hockey League final season with 100 factors (51 targets, 49 assists) in 62 video games with Regina. The 17-year-old middle (5-foot-10, 183 kilos) additionally led fifth-place Canada with seven factors (six targets, one help) in 4 video games on the 2022 IIHF Underneath-18 World Championship.
“He is elite hockey sense, elite ability, elite all the pieces,” Peter Sullivan of NHL Central Scouting mentioned. “However when he does get pissed off on the market, he isn’t afraid to provide it again, which is an efficient signal. I in contrast him to [Hockey Hall of Famer] Marcel Dionne since he performed the identical method. Guys did not need to idiot round with [Dionne] as a result of he would go proper again at them, and but he did not have a whole lot of penalty minutes.”
Sullivan, who focuses on scouting gamers from the WHL, has evaluated NHL draft prospects the previous 25 years with Central Scouting and is its longest-tenured member.
“Ability clever he isn’t solely fast however has two or three gears and it is legit,” Sullivan mentioned. “I imply, probably the most well-known participant that had 5 – 6 gears was Bobby Orr, and that is what [Bedard] has. He is bought a gear that may go from 1-to-60 in two seconds; he is that particular a participant.”
Bedard was the seventh 16-year-old to be chosen to play for Canada on the IIHF World Junior Championship when he was named to the staff for the 2022 event when it initially was held in December. He joined Wayne Gretzky (1978), Eric Lindros (1989), Jason Spezza (2000), Jay Bouwmeester (2000), Sidney Crosby (2004) and Connor McDavid (2014) on that checklist. In two video games, Bedard had 5 factors (4 targets, one help), together with a hat trick in an 11-2 win in opposition to Austria. He was the primary 16-year-old to attain a hat trick for Canada on the WJC since Gretzky did so twice in 1977.
The 2022 event was postponed after 4 days of play when america, Czechia and Russia every needed to forfeit a preliminary-round recreation after gamers examined constructive for COVID-19. Outcomes from the December video games is not going to be counted when the event restarts.
Bedard is one in all 16 gamers returning for Canada from the December event. Amongst that group is Anaheim Geese ahead prospect Mason McTavish, who had 5 factors (two targets, three assists) in two video games in December. McTavish was named captain for the event Tuesday. Ahead Kent Johnson (Columbus Blue Jackets) and defenseman Donovan Sebrango (Detroit Crimson Wings) had been named alternate captains
Canada will open preliminary-round play in Group A in opposition to Latvia on Aug. 10 (6 p.m. ET). It additionally will play Slovakia on Aug. 11 (6 p.m. ET), Czechia on Aug. 13 (6 p.m. ET), and Finland on Aug. 15 (6 p.m. ET).
The US, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Austria will play in Group B.
All video games within the 2022 WJC can be televised on NHL Community in america.
CANADA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER
DEFENSEMEN: Lukas Cormier, Charlottetown, QMJHL (Vegas Golden Knights); Daemon Hunt, Moose Jaw, WHL (Minnesota Wild); Carson Lambos, Winnipeg, WHL (Minnesota Wild); Ryan O’Rourke, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Minnesota Wild); Donovan Sebrango, Grand Rapids, AHL (Detroit Crimson Wings); Ronan Seeley, Everett, WHL (Carolina Hurricanes); Jack Thompson, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Tampa Bay Lightning); Olen Zellweger, Everett, WHL (Anaheim Geese)
FORWARDS: Connor Bedard, Regina, WHL (2023 draft eligible); William Cuylle, Windsor, OHL (New York Rangers); Elliot Desnoyers, Halifax, QMJHL (Philadelphia Flyers); William Dufour, Saint John, QMJHL (New York Islanders); Tyson Foerster, Barrie, OHL (Philadelphia Flyers); Nathan Gaucher, Quebec, QMJHL (Anaheim Geese); Ridly Greig, Brandon, WHL (Ottawa Senators); Kent Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets; Riley Kidney, Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL (Montreal Canadiens); Mason McTavish, Hamilton, OHL (Anaheim Geese); Zack Ostapchuk, Vancouver, WHL (Ottawa Senators); Brennan Othmann, Flint, OHL (New York Rangers); Joshua Roy, Sherbrooke, QMJHL (Montreal Canadiens); Logan Stankoven, Kamloops, WHL (Dallas Stars)