Today the Canadian World Junior Championship selection camp roster was released which includes twenty-five Canadian hopefuls looking to crack an opening day roster spot in Malmo, Sweden on Boxing Day. The selection camp will be hosted in Etobicoke, Ontario and consists of fifteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders, in which two forwards and one defensemen will have to be cut to make the final roster.
There are many notable players that cracked the selection camp roster such as Jonathan Drouin, Matthew Dumba, Aaron Ekbald, Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid. Drouin was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Dumba was a first round pick in the same draft, but is the only player currently on an NHL roster. Ekbald and Reinhart are two of the top prospects getting set for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and Connor McDavid is the very highly touted prospect that is expected to go first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
However, what is so important about this twenty-five man selection camp roster is how it is changed from how it was done previously. In the past Hockey Canada had given out forty camp invitations to skaters and another four to goaltenders. I assume that the reasoning behind the smaller selection camp roster size, is to give Hockey Canada and coach Brent Sutter a better look at the players that were named to this roster, but also for the players to become a closer, tight knit group. However, there is still nineteen less invitations that got sent out, and I ask you if you think it is fair for Hockey Canada to do this?