The 2017-2018 World Juniors are right around the corner and, as a result, Hockey Canada announced it's 32 players this morning that will be attending the selection camp beginning on Dec. 11.
Two of those selections include Vegas Golden Knights prospects Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack (OHL) and Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks (WHL).
Glass is looking to add to what has already been the biggest year of his hockey career. Not only was he the Golden Knights’ first ever draft pick (selected No. 6 overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft), but he now has a chance to do what every young hockey player dreams of — wearing their country's colors and fighting for gold.
Glass has been on a tear to start the 2017-2018 WHL season. In his 27 games played, he has registered 20 goals and 28 assists for an astounding 48 points. As a result of his solid play, the Portland Winterhawks sit third place in the WHL with a record of 20-6-0.
Glass has a chance to be the first-line center for Team Canada, wearing an "A" on his jersey while being one of if not the leading point-getter for the team.
Suzuki, the second Golden Knights prospect to make the selection roster, was drafted seven spots after Glass with the No. 13 overall pick. Like Glass, he’s been playing like a man possessed. Suzuki has registered 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points in just 24 games to start his third OHL season.
Suzuki is the second-youngest player invited to the camp behind Alex Formenton of the OHL’s London Knights, so he will have his work cut out in order for him to make the team. That said, it still wouldn’t be surprising for Suzuki to make the squad and play a large role for the Canadians as a bottom-sixer.
Golden Knights fans should be sure to catch a couple of Team Canada’s games this year, as arguably the two best prospects in the system will be playing on the same team and maybe even the same line.
Team Canada's quest for gold officially begins December 26th against a tough Finnish team at 4 p.m ET. See you there!