The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/01/13 at 10:33 PM ET
As TSN's Bob McKenzie reported, Hockey Canada will be announcing its World Junior Selection Camp roster at 1 PM on Monday, and he doesn't believe that Hockey Canada will entertain many try-outs given that the team's roster is more or less set going into this January's tournament in Belaurs.
It's expected that Red Wings prospect and Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson will start for Canada, and while the following gentleman is playing in the highest-scoring junior hockey league in Canada, it's hard to ignore his hat trick in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 6-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst, and as he leads the QMJHL in scoring with 30 goals, 32 assists and 62 points registered over the course of only 28 games played, well, per the Canadian Press, expect this guy to crack the roster:
Anthony Mantha scored a hat trick, including a short-handed goal, as the Val d'Or Foreurs thrashed the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-1 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action on Sunday.
Louick Marcotte and Samuel Henley added a goal and an assist apiece and Pierre-Maxime Poudrier scored his seventh goal of the season for the Foreurs (19-11-0).
The Red Wings signed Mantha to a very generous entry-level contract this past October for a simple reason: they would've had to toss off a "rookie cap max" deal had they waited until the end of the 13-14 season to sign him.
Elsewhere in the Red Wings prospect world...
In Sweden's SHL, Mattias Backman played 20:15 but didn't register a point in Linkopings HC's 4-1 win over Leksands IF;
In the QMJHL, Phillipe Hudon didn't register a point in his Victoriaville Tigres' 3-1 win over Chicoutimi;
Update: If you missed it, the Grand Rapids Griffins recalled Nick Jensen from the Toledo Walleye on Saturday evening. It made the "liner notes" of the Griffins' recap but may have gotten lost in the shuffle.
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