The Canadian team that will take part in the World Juniors finalized their training on Friday morning, and only two Quebecers avoided the chopper.
Montrealer Devon Levi knew since Thursday that he would be on the adventure, since the trio of goaltenders has already been chosen. Jakob Pelletier, Calgary Flames prospect who plays with the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL, is the only other player from the province to have been selected.
Samuel Poulin and Mavrik Bourque were therefore dismissed. For Poulin, 19, this was the last opportunity to join the National Junior Team.
Three other QMJHL representatives, forward Dawson Mercer and defensemen Justin Barron and Jordan Spence, also got their passes. Lukas Cormier will return with the Charlottetown Islanders, however.
Good news for fans of the Montreal Canadiens: defenseman Kaiden Guhle, the club’s 2020 first-round pick, will be in the squad that travels to Edmonton over the next few days for the tournament which kicks off at Christmas.
Six of the 25 players in the final roster will be participating for the second time. They are forwards Quinton Byfield, Connor McMichael, Dylan Cozens and Dawson Mercer as well as defensemen Bowen Byram and Jamie Drysdale.