'Tobans on Team Canada radar

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

The keystone province should be well represented when Hockey Canada announces the final evaluation training camp roster for the 2010 world junior team.

That official list of 35 or 36 will be unveiled today and based on the summer evaluation camp attendees and a couple of other strong starters to the Western Hockey League season, it seems reasonable to project between four and seven players could get the call.

Competition for those 22 spots will be fierce and an invitation is no guarantee of nailing down a job as Canada tries to win a sixth consecutive gold medal in Saskatoon and Regina.

However, there should be a number of intriguing candidates on the list and two or three might actually earn a jersey with a maple leaf on it.

Here's a quick look at who could be on the list:

Forwards: Cody Eakin of the Swift Current Broncos went into last night's action as the leading goal scorer in the Canadian Hockey League (WHL, OHL and QMJHL) and with goal scoring in a short tournament at a premium he should at least be given a chance to earn a spot. Scott Glennie of the Brandon Wheat Kings is also off to a strong start this season and warrants consideration. The first round choice of the Dallas Stars has 12 goals and 33 points in 28 games. Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans has been among the leading point getters in the WHL this season and could be a dark-horse candidate.

Defence: Travis Hamonic of the Moose Jaw Warriors should get a second chance to crack the roster after putting in a strong showing at last year's camp before he was cut. The second round pick of the New York Islanders is progressing nicely and had seven goals and 32 points in 28 games going into last night. Michael Stone of the Calgary Hitmen is viewed as one of the better all-around blue-liners in the WHL and Colby Robak of the Wheat Kings is also in the discussion.

Goal: Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds is having a strong season and has a chance to be among the four netminders chosen -- though he is more likely to be involved in the battle for the back-up job.

ROSTER UNVEILED: The Canada West roster for the upcoming Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Challenge to be held at Winkler Centennial Arena on Dec. 8 (1 p.m.) and 9 (7:30 p.m.) was announced yesterday and will include three players from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Getting the call are Winkler Flyers forward Jordan Neduzak, Winnipeg South Blues forward Brendan O'Donnell and Blues defenceman Peter Stoykewych.

Speaking of the MJHL, the league saluted a pair of Dauphin Kings as player and goalie of the month for November.

Ryan Dreger, a Dauphin product, had 15 goals and 26 points in 13 games, while netminder Brett Willows went 5-1 with a 2.33 goals against average and .916 save percentage for the league leaders.

TOP GUNS: The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League players of the week are Ryan Elliot of the Interlake Lightning and Reed Gow of the Southwest Cougars.

Elliot, a 17-year-old from Stonewall who serves as captain, had eight points in a pair of victories over Kenora to win offensive honours.

Gow, a 15-year-old defenceman from Killarney who was chosen in the first round of the WHL bantam draft last summer by the Spokane Chiefs, tallied six points and put up a plus-8 rating to help the Cougars earn three wins last week to win defensive honours.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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