Canada’s Olympic males’s hockey workforce will give 10 new avid gamers a take a look at the Channel One Cup in Moscow in two weeks from the workforce that competed within the Karjala Cup in Helsinki previous this month.
Among the 25 avid gamers (two goalies, 9 defencemen and 14 forwards) basic supervisor Sean Burke and the training workforce have invited to the Moscow match, the newbies come with:
- Taylor Beck (Kunlun Red Star, KHL)
- Matt Frattin (Barys Astana, KHL)
- Ryan Garbutt (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, KHL)
- P.A. Parenteau (Avtomobillist Yekaterinburg, KHL)
- Derek Roy (Linkoping HC, Sweden)
- Max Talbot (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL)
- Stefan Elliott (HV71, Sweden)
- Shawn Lalonde (Kolner Hale, Germany)
- Mat Robinson (CSKA Moscow, KHL)
- Barry Brust (HC Fribourg-Gotteron, Switzerland)
Canada will play video games in Moscow within the six-nation match towards South Korea (Dec. 13), Czech Republic (Dec. 15) and Russia (Dec. 16).
After Canada edged Switzerland three-2 and dropped 2-zero and four-three choices to Sweden and Finland, respectively, on the Karjala Cup, Burke mentioned he sought after to vary the roster via six to 10 avid gamers.
It used to be obtrusive from the video games in Helsinki that the Canadians had been driven round too simply alongside the forums in battles for pucks and, every now and then, had been sloppy round their very own objective in clearing rebounds and proscribing 2d possibilities.
They additionally struggled on particular groups, specifically at the penalty kill. But Canada additionally lacked a large shot from the purpose at the energy play.
Robinson, a 31-year-previous proper shot defenceman from Calgary, is a candidate for energy-play responsibility. He has scored 43 targets in 4-plus seasons within the KHL.
Robinson skated with the workforce in follow in Helsinki, however he didn’t play because of an undisclosed damage.
Ben Scrivens shaky
Another house of outrage used to be goaltending. Ben Scrivens of Spruce Grove, Alta. used to be given a possibility to clutch the No. 1 place via making all 3 begins on the Karjala Cup. While impressive every now and then all the way through flurries from the opposition in all 3 video games, he did give up vulnerable targets and handiest put up a .894 save proportion (68 saves from 76 photographs) within the 3 outings.
So Burke will check out 34-year-previous veteran Brust from Swan River, Man. Brust is the one Canadian participant who will carry out in Moscow from the Swiss National League. The Swiss aren’t on smash, not like the principle leagues in Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
The 34-year-previous Parenteau of Gatineau, Que. shall be a participant to observe. Although he performed sparingly within the playoffs he used to be alongside for the Nashville Predators trip to the Stanley Cup ultimate. He failed in his tryout bid with the Detroit Red Wings and located a brand new house within the KHL closing week.
Roy and Frattin additionally had been named to the Canadian roster for the Karjala Cup however didn’t sign up for the workforce on account of accidents.
Among the Canadian avid gamers who had been named to the Channel One Cup workforce and performed in Helsinki two weeks in the past are Scrivens, defencemen Karl Stollery, Chay Genoway, Chris Lee, Maxim Noreau, Simon Despres as neatly as forwards Wojtek Wolski, Brandon Kozun, Eric O’Dell, Rene Bourque, Linden Vey, Gilbert Brule, Matt Ellison, Teddy Purcell and Rob Klinkhammer.
After the match in Moscow, Burke will put in combination every other Canadian workforce, this time for the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland at Christmas time. Even despite the fact that KHL avid gamers may not be to be had for this match, Burke will use the development for additional opinions.
The Canadian Olympic workforce shall be introduced in mid-January after which will accumulate in Riga, Latvia in overdue January for a coaching camp. There, the Canadians will play in two exhibition video games after which one ultimate take a look at towards Sweden in Pyeongchang previous to their Olympic match opener towards Switzerland onFeb. 15.