Team Canada released their full roster of invitees for their National Junior Team summer development camp, which opens July 28 on the Tsuut’ina Nation. Capitals forward prospect Hendrix Lapierre and Capitals goaltender prospect Garin Bjorklund were invitees to the camp.
Lapierre, a 6’-0”, 180 lb center from Gatineau, Quebec, was drafted by the Capitals in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract on October 27, 2020, for an average annual value of $925,000.
Lapiere had a challenging 2020-21 campaign, which included more than 60 days of quarantine time. He did manage to participate in Team Canada’s training camp prior to the World Juniors in December and participated in the Capitals’ training camp in January (each requiring a week of quarantine before participating).
Lapierre scored eight goals and 23 assists in 21 regular season games in the QMJHL. He was fourth on his team in goals and first on his team is assists. He ranked 89th in the QMJHL in goals this season and 21st in the league in assists.
Bjorklund, a 6’-2”, 180lb goaltender from Grande Priaire, Alberta, was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round (#179 overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Bjorklund, 19, has yet to be signed by the Capitals. Bjorklund went 10-7-1 with a 2.60 Goals-Against Average and a .921 Save Percentage for Medicine Hat this past season.
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, from Dec. 26- Jan. 5, 2022.
By Jon Sorensen