The World Junior Hockey Championship is one of the biggest sporting events of the year for Canadians and fans got a look at what the final roster will mostly look like come Boxing Day. Unlike past years where Canada would bring 40 players to camp and cut almost half, today’s roster is only 25 players and will be cut by three (two forwards and one defenceman). The final cuts don’t need to be submitted until December 25th but Canada will hold a camp in Toronto in two weeks to help make the final decision.
The biggest name on the list is easily Connor McDavid, who is looking to become only the sixth 16 year old ever to play, joining Sidney Crosby, Eric Lindros, Jason Spezza, Jay Bouwmeester and Wayne Gretzky. After making the OHL at 15 last year and putting up 66 points in 63 games for the Erie Otters as a rookie, McDavid has continued to improve. This season, he has 45 points in 27 games and gotten Erie far in front of the OHL’s Western Conference (23-4-1). McDavid is joined by Erie teammate Adam Pelech, a 19 year-old defenceman with 20 points and a plus 19 rating this year.
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