2022-12-07 · 3 min read · NHL/Hockey
Connor Bedard

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The Canadian world junior camp was announced today. Connor Bedard and Adam Fantilli, potentially the top two picks at the 2023 NHL Draft, headline those invited to Canada's National Junior Team selection camp for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. Bedard, the widely projected No. 1 pick, is one of 10 returning players for Canada. The 17-year-old phenom had eight points in seven games to help Canada win gold at last year's 2022 WJC. Fantilli a top candidate for the No. 2 spot is a freshman at the University of Michigan and was an alternative captain last year for Canada. The 18-year-old forward has 26 points in 16 games so far for the Wolverines. Canada's camp will be held Dec. 9-12; it will include 16 forwards, nine defensemen and four goalies.
Among the other notable returning selections at Canada camp are defenseman Kevin Korchinski, who was selected No. 7 by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2022 draft. Forwards Brennan Othman (New York Rangers, No. 16, 2021), and Reid Schaefer (Edmonton Oilers, No. 32, 2022); plus defensemen Nolan Allan (Chicago Blackhawks, No. 32, 2021). The entire roster is included below.
Tyler Brennan, Prince George (New Jersey Devils); Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia (San Jose Sharks); Thomas Milic, Seattle (2023 eligible); William Rousseau, Quebec (2023 eligible)
Nolan Allan, Seattle (Chicago Blackhawks); * Ethan Del Mastro, Mississauga (Blackhawks); Tyson Hinds, Sherbrooke (Anaheim Ducks); Kevin Korchinski, Seattle (Blackhawks); * Carson Lambos, Winnipeg (Minnesota Wild); Jack Matier, Ottawa (Nashville Predators); Evan Nause, Quebec (Florida Panthers); Ethan Samson, Prince George (Philadelphia Flyers); * Olen Zellweger, Everett (Ducks)
Caedan Bankier, Kamloops (Wild); Owen Beck, Mississauga (Montreal Canadiens); * Connor Bedard, Regina (2023 eligible); Zachary Bolduc, Quebec (St. Louis Blues); Colton Dach, Kelowna (Blackhawks); Zach Dean, Gatineau (Vegas Golden Knights); Jordan Dumais, Halifax (Columbus Blue Jackets); Adam Fantilli, University of Michigan (2023 draft); * Nathan Gaucher, Quebec (Ducks); Ryan Greene, Boston University (Blackhawks); * Riley Kidney, Acadie-Bathurst (Canadiens); * Zach Ostapchuk, Vancouver (Ottawa Senators); * Brennan Othmann, Peterborough (New York Rangers); * Joshua Roy, Sherbrooke (Canadiens); Reid Schaefer, Seattle (Edmonton Oilers); * Logan Stankoven, Kamloops (Dallas Stars)
*Denotes returning players
The 2023 WJC will be held in Moncton and Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Group A consists of Canada, along with Sweden, Czechia, Germany and Austria at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. The United States, which finished fifth in the 2022 WJC, will participate in Group B with Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Latvia at Avenir Centre. Canada won gold in overtime over Finland at the 2022 WJC, while Sweden bested Czechia to get the bronze medal. Mason McTavish was named MVP after the Canadian captain captured the scoring title with 17 points and equalled the Canadian single game goals record by scoring four times in a win over Slovakia
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