World Championship: Canada unveils its roster

World Championship: Canada unveils its roster
World Championship: Canada unveils its roster

Canada’s roster for the 2024 World Championship will feature three of the best young talents in the hockey world.

Connor Bedard, first overall pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2023 draft, Adam Fantilli, selected third overall in the same auction by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Macklin Celebrini, who is tipped as the first pick in the 2024 draft, are among of the 22 players selected by Canadian management.

Goaltender Jordan Binnington (St. Louis Blues), defensemen Bowen Byram (Buffalo Sabres), Owen Power (Sabres) and Colton Parayko (Blues), as well as forwards Michael Bunting (Pittsburgh Penguins), Dawson Mercer (Devils of New Jersey) and Andrew Mangiapane (Calgary Flames) will also represent Canada.

Further additions to the roster will be announced in the coming weeks, while other NHL players may be invited once their teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The World Championship will take place from May 10 to 26 in Prague and Ostrava, Czechia. Canada will play its first match on May 11 against Great Britain.

Bedard led all NHL rookies this season with 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 68 games with the Blackhawks. The 18-year-old center is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL rookie of the year.

Fantilli, 19, scored 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 49 games with the Blue Jackets. Celebrini won the Hobey-Baker Trophy as NCAA MVP. As a freshman at Boston University, the 17-year-old forward finished third in the league with 64 points (32 goals, 32 assists) in 38 games. He was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.

The NHL Draft Lottery, which will determine which team gets the top pick, and therefore potentially Celebrini, will be held on May 7.

In his blog on NHL.com, Celebrini mentioned that he has not yet decided whether he will opt for the NHL next season or whether he will spend another year in the university ranks.

“I know the draft lottery is coming up soon and, like anyone else, I’m curious,” Celebrini wrote. As is the case every year, you want to see the result. I grew up watching the draft and watching the prospects, so I don’t think it’s going to be any different for me in that sense, but I’m curious to see what the outcome will be.

“As for next season, we didn’t win anything at BU (Boston University) so there is a feeling of unfinished business that could influence my decision. But I haven’t made a final decision yet, and I’m going to wait a little longer. »

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