It was announced about a week ago that Toronto Maple Leaf defenceman Morgan Reilly would not be ‘loaned’ to Team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championships which start later this week, however there is a possibility that three other young guns could be making an appearance on the world stage, and one of them would represent the good guys.
All three skaters were picked at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. They are: first-round selection Frederik Gauthier (Canada), fifth round pick, Fabrice Herzog (Switzerland) and seventh round selection Andreas Johnson (Team Sweden).
Gauthier who was signed about a month ago to the Leafs, plays with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior league and has 24 points so far in 29 games. Herzog also plays in the league nicknamed the ‘Q’, representing the Quebec Remparts. Herzog has totaled 20 goals in 34 games.
And Johnson plays currently with Finlandia of the Swedish hockey league. Through 34 games, he has recorded 22 points.
The teams in the tournament have until Dec. 25 to submit their rosters. This year’s tournament will be held in Malmo, Sweden. Teams are: Canada, Germany, United States, Czech Republic, Slovakia making up Group A.Group B includes: Finland, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.
Canada begins the tournament on Boxing Day against Germany while Johnson and Herzog will go head-to-head as Switzerland faces Sweden on the same day. All of Canada’s games will air on TSN.