CANADA

Canada skates into the WJC aim­ing to im­prove on last year’s oh-so-close sec­ond-place fin­ish

The Hockey News - - CONTENTS - BY RYAN KENNEDY

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chael Ras­mussen (Detroit) at the CHL-Rus­sia se­ries, and you’ve got the mak­ings of a solid at­tack, al­beit one that is not bul­let­proof. “Up front, it’s one of their deeper skill groups,” said one scout. “But in Michi­gan, they lacked a cer­tain di­men­sion. Maybe they didn’t have the elite high-end, like a Dy­lan Strome, but Thomas was great. On pa­per, they’re deep, but they need to find guys will­ing to take on third- and fourth­line roles. I’m not sure if they’ve done that yet.”

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DE­FENSE An area of abun­dance and ap­ti­tude, this is where Cheaen­lasd.aEvhean­swthite­hcShaam­nuceltGoir­pau­rdt o(Cpoplon­raed­nots)oandthVe­icirm­toor­rMeestkeil(lMe­dobnl­ture­aliln)eirn­st­th­heaNnHthLe,yth­heaCvean­raod­si­taenrsspho­atvse, taswhc­neoedli­ulr.ttb.“h“TieEghgveien­snt­dtewes­rft­nier­tanehlnsoeg­cu­totihsmTsh.spTioemhmtieit­layiaos’rvnCethog­waobli­talol­satts,niey­itrcewveaeimrl,”ltib­hxseeaoiofdt­ngeeu­tahy­moesf who can cre­ate of­fense, guys who can run a power plaIy­natne­dr­m­gusyos­fw­pi­uthcks-imzeoavne­drsp, hreyt­su­icran­lin­tyg.”play­ers Jake Bean (Carolina), Dante Fab­bro (Nashville) and Kale Clague (Los An­ge­les) are all adept at push­ing the pace, while at the same time they’re still re­spon­si­ble in their own end. Cale Makar (Colorado), 2017’s pri­cokv,in­sh­go­hweewd oau­rladp­nidotm­bae­tuir­nat­timion­idadtuerdfi­nougrtheoWveJrSaSll, by the step up from Jr. A. The fact he has been solid aMsaakafre’ssh­p­mu­cakn sak­tilUl­sMaarses sbeo­clos­nt­e­drsto­hin­sorneep.uT­tahteiounn, haen­rdalded Josh Mahura (Ana­heim) is another solid op­tion bLa­noedg­tah, inef tSghtueayn­tyeleoayum(dWisonilno’tnowkip­i­a­nengt)fto­ho­ra­mas tde­heifet­feirn­reeat­nchthe­fea­cenolrd,n6se-nr­foasro. lCt-ta7ol bFCoeaon­htaiesda(laTh­saet­macvphi­aa­lynBc­paeuyra)stu­caaeWnd tgJhCiveaedp­tuphaeelacrteiatanizm­ceen.s,iaznedan­thdis­s­wki­illl. TeaTmhisChaansad­baeein GOALTENDING trheecem­not syte­caorns,traon­vderesvi­ael­npo­las­si­tioyneafro’sr iCs­nialvrCe­to­ernrsnHqouar­ratIdn(wgPrhaaism­lan­doaet­tl­pitmheimaf)uiron­snet .saTigshn­hesotroetaflmteraoskuheb,plbters.itE­nav­gre­it­nen­grstuqaula­lyd, Ib­nagtr­talem­fo­forl­g­doeldd,.aTn­hdeH­farct chaemwe­ab­saockn to­he­hewl­protnhge ce­fion­m­daleaigm­sanoinorset­b­clTleuem­tacmihshtUhoSanAn’sPHaTrystlo’es­nrrsPet­sahuresm­soeen,dsaiysnst.ah­esypidri­otne’dt

With Hart re­turn­ing, Canada gets an ex­pe­ri­enced aos­ng­ly­otnheath, brou­ut­gHha­trhtew­ti­olltableitwy oelfl­prreesstnsuertemainl­rdeeardwy.hNooht oedf ,tshienc­see­haseohnad(sti­olvbeart­tlil­neim­ngo!n)oan­nud­clweoas­sisju­at­sthgeesttian­rgt bisu­uspy fao­grag­in­raib­nsm, diodn-N’to­b­veesmubr­per.isWed­hil­feMthice­habeal­cDkuiPpi­estl­root (Van­cou­ver) seizes the job. Ath­letic and tena­cious, he ahlarseabdeyen­haesx­ac­eMllem­ntofroiar­laCnupOHtitLleW­toin­hdis­on­ras­mqeu,aad­ndth­haet “hMasy­dineiatl­i­talwthi­to­huaglhlt­sios­rt­th­saotfthreois­rte­groahlote­lens­ditnhgi­sise­baestotenr. than it has been in the past few years and that had btheeyn hthaveeir aAvc­ahil­iall­belse’ htheiesl,”yesari­da­trheem­scooruete. s“tTah­belis­ghueyds andIn­caonp­seirs­ftec­nttw.” orld, Hart is the un­ques­tioned start­bCehru­as­nt­waipfh­drDooai,vPhaeiat­neslt­tero­taohs­be­hteah­baseatw’csokign­ci­nongt­mearoewn­fini­hic­tieah­snpacdeogdsar­tiecge­hara­teed­seaythat­tih­litlmeutd­she­hel.if­p­waf­naoydr,

THEY’RE DEEP, BUT THEY NEED TO FIND GUYS WILL­ING TO TAKE ON THIRD- AND FOURTH-LINE ROLES. I’M NOT SURE IF THEY’VE DONE THAT– Scout

JAKE BEAN

DANTE FAB­BRO

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