Four Dallas Stars prospects have been invited to selection camps for the 2013 World Junior Championship, which will get underway later this month in Ufa, Russia.
Right wing Brett Ritchie, Dallas’ second round pick (44th overall) in 2011, is one of 37 players on Canada’s selection camp roster, which was revealed on Monday. The camp, to be held next week in Calgary, will help determine Canada’s roster for the World Junior Championship, which will be held December 26 to January 5.
“He’s really opened up some eyes with the Hockey Canada people,” Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said of Ritchie. “He wasn’t on their list before and he wasn’t invited to their summer camp, but what he’s done in the Ontario Hockey League and in the Super Series against Russia has showed them that he is not just a goal scorer. He has a power game, and there’s a physical element to his game, too. He’s really put himself on the radar. He’s having a terrific season. It will be a terrific experience for him.”
Czech Republic released its selection camp roster for the World Juniors on Monday and center Radek Faksa, the Stars’ first round pick (13th overall) in 2012 is one of 27 players who will attend.
Forward Emil Molin, Dallas’ fourth round pick (105th overall) in 2011, will attend Sweden’s selection camp for the tournament. Defenseman Ludwig Bystrom, a second round pick (43rd overall) in 2012, was considered to be in the mix for a spot, but was not on Sweden’s camp roster, which was released Monday.
Defenseman Esa Lindell, a third round pick (74th overall) in 2012, has been invited to Finland’s selection camp for the World Juniors. Finland released its camp roster Monday.