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A look at potential rosters for the 2019 World Junior Championship

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Carolina Hurricanes’ prospects Martin Necas and Jack Drury are on the invitee lists for their respective countries for this year’s IHHF World Junior Championship.

Jamie Kellner

The IIHF World Junior Championship is a very important tournament for young hockey players. It can help NHL draft hopefuls raise their stock, and also give already drafted players a springboard into the next season (Canes fans saw this with Sebastian Aho at the 2016 tournament).

This year’s tournament will take place in Vancouver at Rogers Arena and Vancouver Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. The tournament will have two groups of five teams, with a round robin stage followed by a three-team playoff. The best four teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals. Group A consists Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia and Switzerland, while group B houses the United States, Sweden, Slovakia, Kazakhstan and Finland.

A handful of teams, the United States, Canada, Russia, Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden have released their camp invitee rosters. A pair of Hurricanes prospects, Martin Necas (Czech) and Jack Drury (USA) are on invitee lists. Let’s take a look at all of the rosters released, and what the tournament means for Necas and Drury.

United States

Goaltenders

  • Kyle Keyser (Bruins)
  • Spencer Knight (2019 draft eligible)
  • Cayden Primeau (Canadiens)

Defensemen

Forwards

  • Evan Barratt (Blackhawks)
  • Noah Cates (Flyers)
  • Sasha Chmelevski (Sharks)
  • Logan Cockerill (Islanders)
  • Cole Coskey (2019 draft eligible)
  • Sean Dhooghe (2019 draft eligible)
  • Jack Drury (Hurricanes)
  • Joel Farabee (Flyers)
  • Jack Hughes (2019 draft eligible)
  • Tyler Madden (Canucks)
  • Josh Norris (Senators)
  • Jay O’Brien (Flyers)
  • Ryan Poehling (Canadiens)
  • Jason Robertson (Stars)
  • Oliver Wahlstrom (Islanders)
  • Sammy Walker (Lightning)

Drury, the Hurricanes’ 2018 second-round pick, will look to make the United States squad out of camp. He figures to have a strong chance, with four goals and 12 points in 11 points so far this season at Harvard. Drury could be the latest Hurricanes’ prospect to use a strong World Juniors performance to raise his stock.

In the group stage, the United States will open with Slovakia on Dec. 26, followed by Kazakhstan Dec. 28, Sweden Dec. 29 and Finland Dec. 31.

Czech Republic

Jamie Kellner

Goalies

Defensemen

  • Daniel Bukac (Bruins)
  • Jakub Galvas (Blackhawks)
  • Michael Gaspar (undrafted)
  • Hugo Has (2019 draft eligible)
  • Filip Kral (Maple Leafs)
  • David Kvasnicka (undrafted)
  • Dalimil Mikyska (undrafted)
  • Radim Salda (Lightning)
  • Libor Zabransky (undrafted)
  • Matyas Zelingr (undrafted)

Forwards

  • Petr Cajka (2019 draft eligible)
  • Filip Chytil (Rangers)
  • Jan Hladonik (undrafted)
  • Krystof Hrabik (undrafted)
  • Jan Jenik (Coyotes)
  • Martin Kaut (Avalanche)
  • Jachym Kondelik (Predators)
  • Jakub Lauko (Bruins)
  • Ondrej Machala (undrafted)
  • Martin Necas (Hurricanes)
  • Matej Pekar (Sabres)
  • Karel Plasek (undrafted)
  • Jakub Pour (undrafted)
  • Ostap Safin (Oilers)
  • Filip Zadina (Red Wings)

Necas is pretty much guaranteed a spot on the Czechs’ roster, if he’s available to them. He was just named the AHL’s player of the week with seven points in two games, and has 20 points in his last 18. Overall, Necas has six goals and 20 points in 22 games for Charlotte this season. There’s a good chance the Canes will call him back up before the tournament and he won’t be available to participate.

If Necas does play, he and the Czechs will open with Switzerland Dec. 26, followed by Russia Dec. 28, Canada Dec. 29 and Denmark Dec. 31.

Finland

Goalies

  • Lassi Lehtinen (undrafted)
  • Filip Lindberg (undrafted)
  • Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sabres)

Defensemen

  • Aleksi Anttalainen (undrafted)
  • Ville Heinola (2019 draft eligible)
  • Anttoni Honka (2019 draft eligible)
  • Olli Kaskinen (undrafted)
  • Mikko Kokkonen (2019 draft eligible)
  • Oskari Laaksonen (Sabres)
  • Otto Latvala (undrafted)
  • Joona Riekkinen (undrafted)
  • Lassi Thomson (2019 draft eligible)
  • Toni Utunen (Canucks)

Forwards

  • Teemu Engberg (undrafted)
  • Aleksi Heponiemi (Panthers)
  • Kaapo Kakko (2019 eligible)
  • Rasmus Kupari (Kings)
  • Anton Lundell (2020 eligible)
  • Niklas Nordgren (Blackhawks)
  • Linus Nyman (undrafted)
  • Sampo Ranta (Avalanche)
  • Aarne Talvitie (Devils)
  • Samuli Vainionpaa (undrafted)
  • Santeri Virtanen (Jets)
  • Jesse Ylonen (Canadiens)

Canada

Goalies

  • Michael DiPietro (Canucks)
  • Ian Scott (Maple Leafs)
  • Matthew Villalta (Kings)

Defensemen

  • Calen Addison (Penguins)
  • Nicolas Beaudin (Blackhawks)
  • Jacob Bernard-Docker (Senators)
  • Evan Bouchard (Oilers)
  • Josh Brook (Canadiens)
  • Cameron Crotty (Coyotes)
  • Noah Dobson (Islanders)
  • Pierre-Olivier Joseph (Coyotes)
  • Jared McIsaac (Red Wings)
  • Ian Mitchell (Blackhawks)
  • Markus Phillips (Kings)
  • Ty Smith (Devils)

Forwards

  • Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Kings)
  • Shane Bowers (Senators)
  • Max Comtois (Ducks)
  • Ty Dellandrea (Stars)
  • MacKenzie Entwistle (Coyotes)
  • Alex Formenton (Senators)
  • Liam Foudy (Blue Jackets)
  • Morgan Frost (Flyers)
  • Cody Glass (Golden Knights)
  • Barrett Hayton (Coyotes)
  • Alexis Lafreniere (2020 draft eligible)
  • Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible)
  • Brett Leason (2019 draft eligible)
  • Isaac Ratcliffe (Flyers)
  • Jack Studnicka (Bruins)
  • Nick Suzuki (Golden Knights)
  • Owen Tippett (Panthers)
  • Joe Veleno (Red Wings)
  • Gabriel Vilardi (Kings)

Sweden

Goalies

  • Adam Ahman
  • Samuel Ersson
  • Olle Eriksson Ek

Defenseman

  • Adam Boqvist
  • Jakob Ragnarsson
  • Adam Ginning
  • Timothy Liljegren
  • Rasmus Sandin
  • Nils Lundkvist
  • Erik Brannstrom
  • Filip Westerlund

Forwards

  • Emil Bemstrom
  • Samuel Fagemo
  • Johan Sodergran
  • Hugo Leufvenius
  • Oskar Back
  • Filip Svenningsson
  • Jacob Olofson
  • Filip Hallander
  • Nils Hoglander
  • Lucas Elvenes
  • Rickard Hugg
  • David Gustafsson
  • Fabian Zetterlund
  • Pontus Holmberg

Russia

Goalies

  • Pyotr Kochetkov
  • Amir Miftakhov
  • Danil Tarasov

Defensemen

  • Alexander Alexeyev
  • Yevgeni Kalabushkin
  • Makar Khabarov
  • Anton Malyshev
  • llya Morozov
  • Saveli Olshanski
  • Alexander Romanov
  • Mark Rubinchik
  • Dmitri Samorukov
  • Danil Valitov
  • Artyom Volkov
  • Danil Zhuravlyov

Forwards

  • Ivan Chekhovich
  • Grigori Denisenko
  • Artyom Galimov
  • Yevgeni Kanitski
  • Alexander Khovanov
  • Klim Kostin
  • Nikolai Kovalenko
  • Vitali Kravtsov
  • Kirill MarchenkoIvan
  • MorozovIvan Muranov
  • Artyom Nikolayev
  • Nikita Shashkov
  • Pavel Shen
  • Kirill Slepets
  • Stepan Starkov
  • Vladislav Tsitsyura
  • Alexander Yaremchuk