Canada wraps up its World Junior selection camp on Monday, and two Islanders prospects are front-and-center for two different reasons.
Anthony Beauvillier, drafted in the first round this year, had a hat trick in Canada's 5-0 win over CIS, a collegiate all star team, in their final tune-up game on Sunday. Beauvillier also had an assist in Canada's 5-4 shootout loss to CIS on Saturday to finish a pretty productive weekend.
He'll be on the 27-man roster that will travel to Helsinki, Finland this week to prepare for the tournament. Also on that list is fellow Islanders 2015 first rounder Mathew Barzal.
Beauvillier has 17 goals and 24 assists (41 points) in 24 games for Shawinigan of the QMJHL this season, where he also serves as captain. Barzal has an equally preposterous 43 points in 23 games (nine goals, 34 assists) for Seattle of the WHL. The Islanders signed both players to entry level contracts this season.
Canada still needs to shorten its roster to 22 before the tournament opens for real on December 26th with a game against Team USA. There are also three preliminary games starting this coming weekend.
Dal Colle Cut
Unfortunately, Michael Dal Colle will not get to choose between the window or the aisle.
Dal Colle, drafted fifth overall by the Islanders in 2014, was cut from camp on Sunday afternoon along with two others. This is the second consecutive year in which Dal Colle was one of the final cuts. Even more disappointing is that this is the 19-year-old's final shot at World Junior eligibility.
Dal Colle: "I thought I worked hard, did well, but obviously they wanted to go a different route"— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 13, 2015
This is one more obstacle in what's been a pretty trying year for Dal Colle. After being cut by the Islanders during their camp, he returned to Oshawa and was named the Generals captain. But he started the season off with an injury coupled with a terrible slump, scoring just one goal and nine assists in 14 games and drawing the attention of the big club.
Making Canada's World Junior camp was very much up in the air for a while, but with 10 points in a five-game span in November, Dal Colle seemed to be back on track. He's now up to 23 points in 27 games (seven goals, 16 assists), good for fourth on the team in scoring. Sadly, whatever he showed to Team Canada brass just wasn't enough.
But when it came down to making a decision about his status with Team Canada, coach Dave Lowry hinted Dal Colle's efforts in the two exhibition games against the Canadian Interuniversity Sport all-stars weren't good enough.
"There's some guys that have really elevated their game and are worthy of an opportunity to continue on," he said.
Now he'll have to return to Oshawa and pick up the pieces again from another set-back while also dealing with some swirling OHL trade rumors. The kid still has oodles of talent and is a big part of the Islanders' future. But his final year in junior isn't going quite as he - or anyone else - expected.