NHL Notebook: Team Canada announces Men’s World Championship roster

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Zach Laing
18 hours ago
Team Canada has announced their roster for the upcoming Men’s World Championship, and no former Edmonton Oilers have made the list.
Instead, the Canadian squad will feature Connor Bedard and a plethora of other young talent, including former Edmonton Oil Kings Dylan Guenther and Kaiden Guhle. Ex-Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft has joined the team as an assistant coach alongside Dean Evason and Steve Ott under head coach Andre Tourigny.
The roster also notably has just 22 spots filled right now, leaving room for more players to be added as teams are eliminated from the NHL playoffs. The World Championships kick off May 11th in Prague.
Here’s more on the roster from Daily Faceoff’s Tyler Kuehl:
Macklin Celebrini will also be making his debut for the senior team. The youngest Hobey Baker Award winner has built up his stock to the point where he is the consensus no. 1 pick in this year’s draft, especially after an incredible freshman season at Boston University.
The roster features a good amount of veteran experience, with guys like Brandon Tanev, Jordan Binnington and 2021 tournament MVP Andrew Mangiapane. However, along with Bedard and Celebrini, there is a lot of young talent. 14 players were born in the year 2000 or later, including the goaltenders that will be backing up Binnington, Joel Hofer, and Nico Daws.
Only two of the current roster members were on last year’s gold-medal-winning team—Hofer and Adam Fantilli. The Columbus Blue Jackets forward is coming off a promising rookie season that was cut short after suffering a calf laceration in late January. The former Michigan Wolverine scored a goal and three assists last year in Lativa and Finland.

Reaction to the Jets’ playoff loss

Following Game 1 of the Winnipeg Jets’ first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche, where they eeked out a wild 7-6 win, surely they must have been feeling some good in their game.
After all, a win is a win is a win, even if somethings needed to be cleaned up in their game. But that was as much as they could muster, as a failure to adjust and a failure from Connor Hellebuyck to stop the puck played huge parts in losing that series in five games. In fact, after Game 1, the Jets weren’t even really in any more of those games.
The Jets had locker cleanout day on Thursday, reflecting on what happened in the series, where Hellebuyck, who is a sure-fire lock for the Vezina Trophy this year, spoke about how good he felt he was playing, and how “heartbreaking” it was he could even win one game for his club.
On Friday’s edition of Daily Faceoff LIVETyler Yaremchuk and Frank Seravalli discussed what Hellebuyck had to say:
Tyler Yaremchuk: I thought it was interesting on locker clean-out day how Hellebuyck talked about the series and the way it ended. Let’s hear what Hellebuyck had to say, “You’re probably not going to believe when I say I was playing the best hockey of my career,” Hellebuyck started. “That’s truly how it felt and how I was feeling, not only was I playing the best hockey, I was in that zone where you’re not thinking and just playing and that’s what you seek after, it’s a dangerous thing. To not keep four goals off the board is heartbreaking, it’s really heartbreaking. You got to give kudos for what they did but looking back I don’t even know if I saw those pucks go in the net and for me to not put my foot down in a single game is heartbreaking.”
Tyler Yaremchuk: Frank, it’s interesting, the comment of “I don’t think I saw them” kind of points towards Hellebuyck going ‘What do you want me to do here?’ You look at the stat line, the worst of his career, yet he says he was playing his best.
Frank Seravalli: The brilliance of Hellebuyck is not just in his physical gifts but his mental; aspect. josh Morrissey told this story a few weeks back on Frankly Speaking. He was talking about how one time in Hellebuyck’s rookie year, I happened to be in the Jets locker room when he said it, and I will never forget the look on Blake Wheeler’s face as he was carrying his laundry bag. Hellebuyck is doing media and is 20-something games into his career and goes “I think I can win Vezina Trophies” and we were all like “Huh” and he is just supremely confident and that’s a gift.
Frank Seravalli: But, when you hear him say that it’s not him trying to boast that he is better, it’s him bewildered in his thought process that when he says he couldn’t put his foot down to take a single game, that’s tough to take. Especially as someone who in six weeks time will be up on stage collecting the Vezina Trophy, that’s hard to swallow not just for him but for the Jets. Part of it is on him, but like Bowness said it’s also the Jets’ lack of structure and the other part is Colorado absolutely running you over and leaving tire tracks on the ice.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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