December 12, 2021

Wright leads Canada’s entry at 2022 World Juniors

Shane Wright, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, is among 25 players who will represent Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. 

Canada announced its roster for the tournament Sunday. 

“I’m really curious to see how Wright does on the World Juniors stage,” Ontario-based FCHockey scout Mat Sheridan said. “He’ll have a lot of eyes on him but he showed at the World Under-18 Championship that he performs well under pressure. He will most likely be used in all situations and will play a big part if Canada experiences success.”

Wright, who topped FCHockey’s Winter ranking for the 2022 NHL Draft earlier this month, has 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 19 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League this season. 

He captained Canada to gold at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in May, and was one of the final players cut prior to the 2021 World Juniors.

“The key element to Wright’s game is his on-ice awareness,” Sheridan said. “Whether in the offensive or defensive zone, he is always thinking a step ahead of his opponents. 

“He makes quick reads in his own zone and causes turnovers with a quick active stick. This makes him an incredibly dangerous player, one who opponents must keep an eye on at all times when he is on the ice.”

Connor Bedard, the projected No. 1 pick for the 2023 NHL Draft, was also named to the team. 

Bedard, who has 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 24 games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League this season, also helped Canada win gold at the Under-18s with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in seven games.

“Bedard has proven quite a few times already in his young career that when the level of talent around him improves, he rises to every occasion to meet and exceed them,” Saskatchewan-based FCHockey scout Joel Henderson said. “The Under-18s and his play so in Canada’s camp should be evidence of that.”

Joining Wright and Bedard on the roster is Owen Power, who was selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, was also named to the team. 

Power is one of 14 first-round picks will join Canada at the World Juniors, including eight selected in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Here’s a rundown of Canada’s roster for the World Juniors:

G Brett Brochu 5’11” 175 London OHL 2022
G Sebastian Cossa 6’7” 203 Edmonton WHL Detroit Red Wings 2021 1 15
G Dylan Garand 6’1” 179 Kamloops WHL New York Rangers 2020 4 103
D Lukas Cormier 5’10” 176 Charlottetown QMJHL Vegas Golden Knights 2020 3 68
D Kaiden Guhle 6’3” 203 Edmonton WHL Montreal Canadiens 2020 1 16
D Carson Lambos 6’1” 195 Winnipeg WHL Minnesota Wild 2021 1 26
D Ryan O’Rourke 6’1” 172 Sault Ste. Marie OHL Minnesota Wild 2020 2 39
D Owen Power 6’5” 214 Michigan NCAA Buffalo Sabres 2021 1 1
D Donovan Sebrango 6’1” 200 Grand Rapids AHL Detroit Red Wings 2020 3 63
D Ronan Seeley 6’1” 192 Everett WHL Carolina Hurricanes 2020 7 208
D Olen Zellweger 5’10” 175 Everett WHL Anahiem Ducks 2021 2 34
F Connor Bedard 5’9” 180 Regina WHL 2023
F Xavier Bourgault 6’0” 172 Shawinigan QMJHL Edmonton Oilers 2021 1 22
F Mavrik Bourque 5’11” 185 Shawinigan QMJHL Dallas Stars 2020 1 30
F Will Cuylle 6’3” 210 Windsor OHL New York Rangers 2020 2 60
F Elliot Desnoyers 5’11” 172 Halifax QMJHL Philadelphia Flyers 2020 5 135
F Ridly Greig 5’11” 164 Brandon WHL Ottawa Senators 2020 1 28
F Dylan Guenther 6’2” 181 Edmonton WHL Arizona Coyotes 2021 1 9
F Kent Johnson 6’1” 165 Michigan NCAA Columbus Blue Jackets 2021 1 5
F Mason McTavish 6’2” 207 Peterborough OHL Anaheim Ducks 2021 1 3
F Jake Neighbours 6’0” 197 Edmonton WHL St. Louis Blues 2020 1 26
F Cole Perfetti 5’11” 177 Manitoba AHL Winnipeg Jets 2020 1 10
F Justin Sourdif 5’11” 182 Vancouver WHL Florida Panthers 2020 3 87
F Logan Stankoven 5’8” 170 Kamloops WHL Dallas Stars 2021 2 47
F Shane Wright 6’1” 187 Kingston OHL 2023

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