Sure it seems like Boxing Day is a long way away but with 7 months until the puck drops in Saskatoon and Regina, Hockey Canada has revealed its 41-skater camp invite list.
There are no goalies on the camp roster as of yet as the pipemen are having their own summer evaluation session. The list of goalies involved in that can be found HERE.
Canada will be watching 17 defenders and 24 forwards in Calgary this August. The complete list of participating players can be found HERE.
There are a number of already drafted players but 16 skaters who are eligible for the 2009 event on June 26-27th as well as one 2010 player. The youngster is Taylor Hall.
16 NHL clubs have a least one player representing them at the camp while 7 of those teams have a pair of players; no one has 3 (yet, that may change after the draft). Calgary, Minnesota, Colorado, Buffalo, Anaheim, Edmonton and New Jersey are the teams with a duo of invited prospects.
There are 9 returning players from Canada's 2009 gold medal winning roster: Ryan Ellis, Alex Pietrangelo, Tyler Myers and Colten Teubert on the back end. Stefan Della Rovere, Patrice Cormier, Jordan Eberle, Evander Kane and Cody Hodgson up front.
There are only four NCAA players invited: Denver Pioneers forward Joe Colborne, Dylan Olsen who will be at Duluth next year, Harvard-bound Louis Leblanc and defenceman Patrick Wiercioch. The DU defender was an invite last year as well. It's not overly surprising to see that there is little NCAA content considering Pat Quinn's comments last December that the collegians were well behind their CHL counterparts in terms of game-ready form at that point of the year.
Who isn't on the list?
How about John Tavares? He's on the list but he doesn't have to attend "in accordance with National Junior Team policy, which allows for two-time members of the National Junior Team to forego camp and remain eligible for IIHF World Junior Championship". Tavares played in 2008 and 2009 so can sit this one out knowing he's already on the squad (if his NHL club lets him go that is).
What do you think? Did Hockey Canada miss anyone you think definitely should have been invited?