Today, Hockey Canada announced the group of 32 players invited to their selection camp for the upcoming 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal. There is one Calgary Flames prospect who has been invited, centre Dillon Dube. The 2016 second round pick will be battling it out with 18 other forwards for a chance to represent his country.
Dube is coming off a season in which he posted 66 points in 65 games with the Kelowna Rockets. After missing the start of the WHL season this year, he has accumulated 1 goal and 6 assists in 6 games. As we saw from his time with the Flames at the Penticton Young Stars Classic, Dube is a highly skilled, speedy centre with a bit of an edge to his game. While it will be a tough competition for him to crack the roster, if he plays well leading up to camp and makes an impression at the selection camp, it is very possible that he is one of the 22 players chosen to represent his country in late December.
Flames 2016 6th rounder Matthew Phillips is having a great season in Victoria with 16 goals and 11 assists in 25 games, but he did not receive an invite. While that is unsurprising due to his size, it is a shame as he is an extremely skilled player that could help Canada generate offense.
For a full list of the players invited to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp, click here.