Category archive: Toronto Maple Leafs
Canada enters the World Juniors again as the heavy favorite, this year even more than usual. No team will benefit as much from the extra talent that would have likely been skating in the NHL regular season if there was no lockout. Players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau and Dougie Hamilton would almost certainly be with their respective NHL clubs, but now they find themselves on a final roster that should claim the World Junior Championship.
The following are notes on each player on the Canadian roster based on my own observations and talking to scouts and executives. Two of the goalies, Jordan Binnington and Jake Paterson, were omitted due to a lack of information on the players.
Anthony Camara, LW, Boston Bruins (Barrie-OHL): Camara is an interesting prospect due to his scoring surge this season. He's displayed a quality power game, decent speed and -- not a lot but some -- ability with the puck. Still when I asked one scout about him the scout said he's not sold yet and sees Camara as more of an energy line player. He should provide that kind of value for Canada.
Philip Danault, C/W, Chicago Blackhawks (Victoriaville-QMJHL): It's rare you can project a Junior-aged player to be a good -- if not a high-end -- defensive player, but I have no problem saying that about Danault. He's a very aware player in his own end who works his tail off. He's also a high-end skater as well, who can contribute some offense.
Jonathan Drouin, LW, 2013 draft eligible (Halifax-QMJHL): Drouin has worked himself into the lottery pick discussion this season and has alleviated concerns he's riding MacKinnon's coattails. Drouin is a fantastic puck handler and passer who can flash high-end skating as well. He's an exciting offensive player who creates on every shift.
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