2011 WJC Preview

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Hockey Canada has announced their summer development camp roster for the 2011 World Juniors. Who are the notable names and who stands a good chance of making the club?

The summer development camp is often the media’s first look at a number of 18-year-old talents that may eventually represent their country in December. However, if you’ve been reading DobberHockey at all this year, you’ll recognize a number of the names.

The biggest influence on the team’s roster will be the coaching staff. Mississauga St. Michael Majors bench boss Dave Cameron was chosen four days ago to lead the squad; the 51-year-old prefers to play an NHL-style system that employs just two forecheckers and three bodies providing defensive coverage at all times. Thus, one can expect speedy, defensively-oriented skaters to take precedence over offensive wildcards.

Helping Cameron will be Windsor’s Bob Boughner- an up-tempo coach that should provide plenty of expertise when it comes to the powerplay- Kelowna’s Ryan Huska, and Andre Tourigny of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Huskies allowed the fourth-fewest goals against in the Q and were second in PK efficiency.

As such, here are our thoughts on the forward invitees:

RW Carter Ashton (TB)– A sublime skater for his 6’3 frame, Ashton is the perfect puck pursuit body for Cameron’s system. With his speed, Ashton can chase down dump-ins, yet still have the size and strength necessary to win the board battles that result.

RW Taylor Beck (NSH)- Although a big body at 6’2 203 lbs and a handful around the net, Beck’s skating has not progressed enough to make him a player that can support both sides of the puck. He was just a +19 despite netting 93 points.

C Casey Cizikas (NYI)- Cizikas had a bounce-back year after his manslaughter trial ended with the fourth round pick receiving just one year’s probation. Nevertheless, the two-way forward will likely make the team as he plays for Cameron’s Majors.

LW Kyle Clifford (LAK)– Clifford, a rugged winger capable of sparking his club with big hits, would have been a shoe-in had Willie Desjardins still been coaching. However, as the antics of some Canadian players provided an unnecessary distraction, TC’s focus may turn away from including such agitators.

C/LW Sean Couturier (2011)- The only underager