On Monday Washington Capitals forward prospect Connor McMichael and 2020 first round draft pick Hendrix Lapierre reported to Team Canada’s U20 selection camp in Red Deer, Alberta. This is the second selection camp for McMichael and the first selection camp for Lapierre. The camp will last for the 28 days prior to the 2021 World Junior Championship to be held in Edmonton, Alberta.
All aboard! The road to #WorldJuniors is officially underway…
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) November 17, 2020
At last year’s camp McMichael was initially slotted as a bottom six winger. His role was uncertain, but Team Canada head coach Dale Hunter planned to use him where he was needed.
Heading into the Gold Medal game, McMichael played in six games in various roles for Team Canada. He played both center and wing, and showed his ability to change within the game. He also demonstrated a strong hockey IQ to accompany his deadly-accurate shot.
Over the six games played leading up to the final, McMichael averaged 13:49 of ice time, registering four goals and an assist and entered the game on a three-game goal-scoring streak.
McMichael would add to his offensive stats in the Gold Medal Game.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) January 5, 2020
McMichael finished the tournament with with five goals and seven points in seven games and a Gold Medal. McMichael could return to a wing position again this year, possibly at left wing on the top line.
As noted, Lapierre is entering his first camp, and much like McMichael last year, his role is uncertain heading into camp. If he is to make the team he will need to show versatility, much like McMichael did last year, and show that he can adapt on the fly. Entering camp, Lapierre is slated as a 13th or 14th forward.
Red Deer Bubble
Once players and staff have arrived at camp, they will be tested every 3-4 days. They will also undergo a daily symptom screening process. Should a player or staff member need to leave the bubble, they must take a COVID-19 test with a negative result in order to re-enter.
Scrimmage & Exhibition Game Schedule:
Saturday, November 21 – Red vs. White Scrimmage (8:00pm ET)
Sunday, November 22 – Red vs. White Scrimmage (8:00pm ET)
Tuesday, November 24 – Red vs. White Scrimmage (2:00pm ET)
Saturday, November 28 – Canada vs. U SPORTS (6:00pm ET)
Sunday, November 29 – Canada vs. U SPORTS (6:00pm ET)
Saturday, December 5 – Canada vs. U SPORTS (6:00pm ET)
Sunday, December 6 – Canada vs. U SPORTS (6:00pm ET)
Saturday, December 12 – Canada vs. U SPORTS (9:00pm ET)
Sunday, December 13 – Canada vs. U SPORTS (6:00pm ET)
TSN Intrasquad Scrimmage Schedule:
TSN Exhibition Schedule
Canada’s National Junior Team will move from Red Deer to Edmonton on Dec. 13. Once arriving in the Alberta capital, the team will quarantine for four full days before beginning its pre-tournament preparations on Dec. 18.
Capitals defensive prospect Martin Hugo Has reported to the Czech Republic’s selection camp which began last week. This is the second selection camp for Has who played in last years World Junior Championship.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) December 28, 2019
2021 World Junior Championship
The opening day schedule for the 2021 tournament includes Team USA facing Team Russia on December 25. Team Canada’s first game is, as always, on Boxing Day, December 26, when they face Team Germany. Team Czech Republic also opens the tournament on December 26 when they Face Team Sweden.
The complete tournament schedule can be found here.
The teams will travel to the competition bubble early and play ten exhibition games from 20 to 23 December.
By Jon Sorensen