Three New York Islanders prospects are among those Hockey Canada has invited to its selection camp for the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Islanders first-round NHL draft picks Michael Dal Colle (2014), Mathew Barzal (2015) and Anthony Beauvillier (2015) are among 17 forwards in the running for the final roster. The selection camp is Dec. 10-14. The tournament runs Dec. 26, 2015, to Jan. 4, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland.
Here's a snapshot of the roster shared by Post Media's Michael Traikos during today's announcement:
Canada's world Jr. Selection camp roster pic.twitter.com/F83aGmo4rV— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) December 1, 2015
Josh Ho-Sang (2014), who's had his share of disagreements and non-invites with Canada's hockey governing body as well as pot shots from various media, did not get an invitation in his last year of eligibility.
In NHL training camp in September, Barzal and Beauvillier both impressed the Isles brass, while Dal Colle had a surprisingly quiet camp and Ho-Sang was sent back early after he overslept on the first day.
In another Islander family footnote, Ryan Strome's brother Dylan, a first-round pick this summer of the Arizona Coyotes, is also on the invite roster for the team, which is always deep and a contender for gold. The Islanders and Coyotes are tied for the most prospects on the list with three apiece.