The Canadian team made its final cuts Wednesday heading to the World Junior Championships on Dec. 26 and Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman Dylan Olsen of Calgary, Alberta, was released. A bit of surprise, but he will return to the Bulldogs and not miss any further games.
This report courtesy of The Sports Network.Ca staff here:
Canada’s junior hockey team made its final roster cuts Wednesday morning, releasing forwards Philippe Cornet, Cody Eakin, Scott Glennie and Louis Leblanc, defensemen Tyler Cuma, Shawn Lalonde and Dylan Olsen and goaltenders Matt Hackett and Olivier Roy.
With Wednesday’s final releases, the official 22-player roster is now set for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, which begins Dec. 26.
"I think it’s pretty much as expected," explains TSN’s Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. "There were no huge surprises or cuts that would make anyone ask how that happened."
Leblanc, drafted 18th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, played with Omaha of the USHL last season and is attending Harvard this year. Glennie, Dallas’ eighth overall selection in June, is playing in his third season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.
Eakin, who plays for Swift Current of the WHL, went into camp leading all Canadian Hockey League goal scorers with 25 goals in first 29 games.
The cuts at forward mean that Windsor’s Taylor Hall, Greg Nemisz and Adam Henrique will be wearing red and white over the holidays, with the likelihood of all three Spitfires playing on the same line. "I don’t ever recall an entire junior hockey line playing for Team Canada at the World Juniors," said McKenzie.
Hall, 17, is considered by many as a front-runner as the first overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
London Knights center Nazem Kadri, selected seventh overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, is also on the roster and is expected to be the team’s second-line center.
Olsen, who’s at Minnesota Duluth after two seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Camrose Kodiaks, was drafted 28th overall by Chicago last summer. Cuma, who was injured at Canada’s National Junior team selection camp last year, was an injury replacement this time for defenceman Patrick Wiercioch. The Ottawa 67’s blueliner is a 2008 first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild and has nine points in 25 games in the OHL this season.
Hackett is the nephew of former NHL goaltender Jeff Hackett and plays for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in June.
Roy and Cornet, who play for the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles respectively, are highly-touted prospects with the Edmonton Oilers.
Canada’s national junior team will spend the next few days practicing and doing team-building exercises and their first pre-tournament game is Sunday against Sweden.