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- Hunter Shinkaruk would provide elite goal-scoring ability; he has a nose for the net and not afraid to go to the dirty areas. He is deceptive and stealth-like when an opportunity presents itself to create a scoring opportunity. I thought Hunter could have been selected over JC Lipon or Anthony Camara, but the latter two did have their best days in the final game of camp against the CIS team.
- Mathew Dumba: I highlighted that he was teetering on the edge of being cut yesterday:
- “A potential X-Factor, Mathew Dumba, has been given every chance to cement a spot, but has had a rough camp thus far. Dumba, at the top of his game, has plenty to bring to the ice for Team Canada. It will be interesting to see how Canada’s brass evaluates Dumba – on his body of work in the past or his play as of late. He is trying to play more of a complete game this season in the Dub, but Dumba is at his best when he plays the game his way. He can be a difference maker. His play at this year’s World Junior U18s was nothing short of spectacular. He captained the squad and led the tournament in scoring from the blueline.”
- TSN’s Gord Miller gives perspective for the unfortunate young guns who got the news they did not want today:
- Steve Spott has been really impressive in interviews. He is a straight-shooter. I wonder when gets the call to the big show. Yes – I realize the NHL has to get back in action before that comes to fruition.
- Vancouver Canucks prospect defenseman Frank Corrado could not have done much more at this camp to make the team. Even if you take away the 2 goals he scored in 3 games, his play notable throughout the camp.
- You have to feel good for Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Wotherspoon. The shutdown blueliner came into the camp as an unquestioned underdog to make the the final cut. He simply played his game and really showed how he can neutralize the opposition in the final game against the CIS.
- Ryan Murphy did what he had to do to make this team. His dynamic puck-moving ability was on fine display, especially in the last two games. Coach Spott should know better than anyone about how to get the most from this exceptional talent.
- I really thought JC Lipon would be amongst the first five players cut. He had a rough game against the University of Alberta team, but to his credit played much better today.
- Playing Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin on separate lines showed that both are quite capable players in their own right and make whoever they play with better. MacKinnon is quite simply explosive. Drouin has unreal hockey sense and Datsyukian hands. They both should be a treat to follow.
- Halifax was excited about the aforementioned 2013 NHL draft eligible players making the grade: