Canadian Jrs. get Bruins prospect

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Patrice Bergeron is coming, Brent Burns probably will and it doesn't look good for Nathan Horton.

Hockey Canada received word yesterday that Bergeron, who is playing for the Boston Bruins' AHL affiliate, will be made available for the selection camp Dec. 12-16 in Winnipeg.

"We're really happy because not only is (Bergeron) a great kid, be brings leadership and character," Hockey Canada head scout Blair Mackasey said. "You can't go wrong with a kid like that."

Bergeron, a centre, presently is with the Providence Bruins.

It's expected Burns, a defenceman with the AHL's Houston Aeros (an affiliate of the Minnesota Wild) will be going to the camp. Wild general manager Doug Risebrough gave Burns the green light last year and in past years, did the same for Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nick Schultz.

Burns is back on the blue line after playing forward with the Brampton Battalion two years ago and for the Wild last season. Burns was a defenceman in Tier II a few seasons ago. Mackasey watched Burns play for Houston in Milwaukee on Saturday and was impressed.

"I liked what I saw," Mackasey said. "Playing as a defenceman is not completely new to him and he looked good."

Horton is with San Antonio of the AHL -- the Florida Panthers' affiliate -- but Panthers general manager Mike Keenan told Sportsnet earlier this week Horton would not be released until Dec. 20. It's a policy of Hockey Canada that all prospective participants for Canada in the world junior attend the selection camp.

STILL HOPEFUL

"We're still hopeful on Horton but right now, based on what Mike Keenan has said, it's not looking positive," Mackasey said. "We'll just move on (if Horton is not at camp)."

The final roster, likely in the range of 28-30 players, for the selection camp will be announced Dec. 6.


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