Juniors have bases covered

TODD SAELHOF -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

While hard work is rarely an issue -- and usually a hallmark of Canadian junior teams -- the representing juniors sometimes trip up offensively at the annual tournament.

John Tavares (Oshawa Generals) appears to be this year's leader -- his 68 points are tops in the Canadian Hockey League -- but coach Craig Hartsburg has plenty of other sources from where scoring can be expected.

Heading into the camp, Tavares' wingman in Oshawa, Brett MacLean has 64 points, including an OHL-best 35 goals.

Fellow OHLers Shawn Mattias (Belleville Bulls) and Steve Stamkos (Sarnia Sting) boast 56 and 51 points, respectively.

From the QMJHL, Claude Giroux (Gatineau Olympiques) leads with 55 points, Marchand sports 44 and Angelo Esposito (Quebec Remparts) has 37 in just 29 games.

On the blueline is where the WHL shines, with players like Logan Pyett, Karl Alzner and Calgary's Keaton Ellerby (Moose Jaw Warriors) attempting to anchor the defensive corps.

And in between the pipes, Leland Irving (Everett Silvertips) and Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver Giants) could make it an all-WHL goaltending tandem, wrestling the honours away from Irving's fellow Super Series teammates Steve Mason (London Knights) and Jonathan Bernier (Lewiston Maineiacs).

"Everybody's at the same level, so you have to take every opportunity you have and you have to work hard all the time," Bernier said.


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