Vancouver Canucks Well Represented at the World Junior Summer Showcase

The World Junior Summer Showcase is scheduled to take place July 27 – August 3 in Plymouth, Michigan. Vancouver Canucks fans will have plenty of prospects to cheer for, with four players named to their respective rosters. Let’s take a closer look at those four players, along with other players to watch at the WJSS.

Team Canada

Jett Woo and Carson Focht

Photo from HitmenHockey.com

Jett Woo was a late cut from Team Canada for last year’s world junior team. However, he should lock down a spot on the squad this time around. Woo was a 2nd round selection by the Vancouver Canucks, in the 2018 NHL draft. He brings a well-rounded game to the team, with an impeccable blend of skill and physicality. Woo has now played two seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Last season he showed a 42 point improvement over his previous season. He was recently dealt by the Warriors, to the Calgary Hitmen where he and Carson Focht will now be teammates.

Carson Focht

When you think of options for Team Canada at the center-ice position, the name Carson Focht isn’t one that you immediately think of. Although, Focht is a very capable two-way player with offensive capabilities. The Canucks drafted the Calgary Hitmen forward in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL draft. He will be returning to the Hitmen and will be counted upon heavily, for a team poised to be a force in the WHL this season.

2020 draft eligible players

Team Canada has also invited to their world junior summer development camp, three players who are draft eligible for the 2020 NHL draft. They are Alexis Lafreniere, Justin Barron and Braden Schneider. Consequently, all three were mentioned in my recent article on the 2020 NHL draft: CHL players to watch.

Team Sweden

Nils Hoglander

Canucks prospect Nils Hoglaner ( Photo credit: Roglebk.se )

Many feel that the Vancouver Canucks captured an absolute steal when Nils Hoglander fell to them in the second round of the 2019 NHL draft. Canuck fans should be elated at the thought of another highly skilled Swede who will one day don their colours. I, for one am very enthusiastic to watch him play in this tournament and subsequently at the 2020 World Junior Championships this winter.

2020 draft eligible players

Swedish prospects Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond are two of the top prospects available for the 2020 NHL draft. They have been referred to by many names, ” Dynamic Duo” and the ” Two-headed monster” to name a couple, but however you refer to them they are multi-talented. Both were featured in my 2020 NHL draft: European players to watch article.

Team Finland

Toni Utunen

Canucks prospect Toni Utunen ( photo from YouTube.com )

Canuck fans and Team Canada fans alike, will remember Toni Utunen’s overtime goal versus fellow Canuck prospect Michael DiPietro, at last year’s World Junior Championships. The goal eliminated Team Canada and advanced Finland on their way to the gold medal. Utunen was a fifth round selection for the Canucks in 2018 and is currently playing for Tappara in the Finnish Liiga.

2020 draft eligible players

Finland have invited several players eligible for the 2020 NHL draft, although Anton Lundell is the only first time eligible prospect. Lundell was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2019 WJC and a consensus top five pick for the 2020 NHL draft. Furthermore, he was also featured in my European players to watch article.

Team USA

Unlike last year’s team, the USA roster does not contain any Canucks prospects this time around. The previous version had both Quinn Hughes and Tyler Madden. Furthermore, there are no first time eligible 2020 NHL draft prospects invited to the camp either.

Overview

The WJSS is an exciting event for hockey enthusiasts. It represents an opportunity to receive a first glimpse of players recently drafted by their favourite teams, as well as a few of the premier prospects available for the 2020 NHL draft. The schedule for the event can be found by clicking on the link provided.

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