When the Canadian World Junior training camp closed up shop last year, defenseman Dylan Olsen didn’t survive the final round of cuts and was sent packing. This time around, the outcome was more desirable for the Blackhawks’ first round pick (28th overall) in 2009, as it was announced Wednesday morning that he was selected to the 2011 squad. He is just one of the two players that made the team from the collegiate ranks.
Forward Brandon Pirri, who was also invited and attended the training camp, was one of the nine players released this morning. He will no longer experience the hoopla that surrounds the Canada’s selection process to their national junior team, and return to the not-so glamorous surroundings of Rockford, Illinois
Olsen and Co. will have 11 days to prepare for their first match of the World Junior Hockey Championship against the Russians on Boxing Day (December 26) in Buffalo, New York.
On the American front
Forward Jeremy Morin and defenseman Nick Leddy were invited to Team USA’s selection camp, which begins Thursday, and will compete with 27 other players for a spot on the 22-man roster. Morin was a member of the 2010 gold medal winning team, but whether he’ll attend the camp is still up in the air. Injuries to players such as Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane could keep him in Chicago indefinitely.