Edmonton Oilers prospect Reid Schaefer has made the Canadian World Junior roster.
The Canadian squad was announced on Monday afternoon, and Schaefer will represent the red and white when the tournament kicks off on Boxing Day. This year, it’s set to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick.
Schaefer is having a great draft+1 season with the Seattle Thunderbirds scoring 15 goals and 27 points in 22 games played. The Oilers selected him 32nd overall in last year’s draft.
Our new prospects writer Bruce Curlock had this to say of Schaefer’s game:
The last prospect I want to cover in the premiere edition is Reid Schaefer. Schaefer is the 6’4″, 220-lb eighteen-year-old first-round pick from 2022. Those who follow me know I had concerns about this pick at first glance. The primary concern was that Schaefer had really never scored at any level before about halfway through his draft year season. The concern being did he catch lightning in a bottle? Well, Reid would like me to shut my mouth.In his first 22 games this year he is 15-12-27 and is averaging more than four shots per game. More important is that ten of the fifteen goals are at even strength with only two on the power play, one short-handed and two empty goals. Most important is the way he is scoring. This is not a man in a boys league using his body to just bully his way to the net. He scores from distance with an absolutely wicked release.
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 [email protected]