The top 2018 draft pick for the Columbus Blue Jackets has earned an invite to Canada’s WJC camp.
With Boxing Day just a few weeks away, national programs are starting to craft what their World Junior Championship rosters will look like. The Columbus Blue Jackets will have several prospects at the tournament but none more anticipated than 2018 1st round pick Liam Foudy.
Foudy’s inclusion was no surprise. He speedy center is expected to make the team as either a center or a winger. Considering Canada’s depth down the middle, I wouldn’t be shocked if we see Foudy play on the wing in the World Juniors which are being held in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia this year.
It was a bit of a surprise to me though that the Columbus Blue Jackets 7th round pick from this year didn’t get an invite to camp. Trey Fix-Wolansky was left off of the preliminary roster despite having an impressive season in the WHL through 30 games. The overage winger is only being outscored in the WHL by Brett Leason who was invited to the camp.
Although I am a bit disappointed for Fix-Wolansky it isn’t the end of the world. Even if selected he would have been a fourth line winger at best on the loaded team Canada roster. That said he did deserve an invite to camp just based on the stellar season he is having in the WHL.
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Other CBJ Prospects heading to Victoria-Vancouver
Other national teams are still widowing down their rosters as well as Canada’s and a few have Columbus Blue Jackets prospects primed to make the team. Emil Bemstrom made the preliminary roster for Team Sweden and is almost a lock to make the team.
Kirill Marchenko, the Jackets 2nd round pick from the 2018 draft, has made the camp for the Russians as well. Russia rarely takes 18-year-olds on the roster though and I am a bit skeptical of Kirill’s chances.
The Jackets 2017 2nd round pick Alexandre Texier, will make the team for France but they do not compete at the top division. Texier is currently in his second season in the Finnish Elite League.
Rosters will be finalized in the next weeks as the tournament starts the day after Christmas.