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Top Canadiens Prospects Named To Team Canada WJC Camp

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Montreal Canadiens prospect Owen Beck

Team Canada announced three Montreal Canadiens will participate in the selection camp, in a bid to represent the country at the upcoming World Junior Championship, which takes place from Dec.26 to Jan.5, in Halifax and Moncton.

Second Chance At Glory

Both Riley Kidney and Joshua Roy will be looking to make their second appearance with the national team. Last year they secured a gold medal following an overtime win against Finland in the final.

Roy, a fifth-round pick in 2021, played 7 games for Canada, earning three goals and five assists.

Despite not leading the QMHJL in scoring as he did the previous season, Roy continues to produce at a very encouraging rate. He’s 4th in league scoring with 18 goals and 24 assists in 25 games.

As for Kidney, a 2021 second-round pick, he’s expected to play a much more important role this time around. Last year he played just three games for Canada and was held scoreless.

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Kidney is currently 7th in scoring among all QMJHL players, with 13 goals and 28 assists in 27 games for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, one of the weakest teams in the league.

Unlike Roy and Kidney, Beck is not a returning player, however, it was impossible to ignore the 18-year-old’s season, which hasn’t just included significant progress from an offensive standpoint, but stalwart work in the defensive zone, as well as elite efficiency in the faceoff circle.

Beck has scored 15 goals in addition to 15 assists in 23 games for the Mississauga Steelheads this season.

He’s a cerebral player, and possesses the perfect skillset for a short tournament such as the World Junior Championship.

If the aforementioned prospects make the team, there’s a possibility Canadiens fans will be able to watch all three on the same line for Team Canada.

Canada will start their bid to defend their gold medal on Dec.26, facing the Czech Republic in Halifax at 6:30 PM ET.

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