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Dubnyk, Cogliano long and short of it

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers will have the long and the short of it at the Canadian World Junior selection camp when six-foot-five netminder Devan Dubnyk and five-foot-nine forward Andrew Cogliano report for duty.

"I'm really happy for both,'' said Oilers vice-president of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast. "It'll be a lot of fun for them. They both played well in the summer camp and I think they continued that over the course of the season so far.

"Cogliano has 16 points in 12 games as a freshman in university (Michigan), that's a great start for him, and Devan has been a star in seven of the last 11 games in Kamloops. They're both coming in with positives in their game and it's up to them to show the coaches they can play at that type of level.''

Even though Team Canada will have only one returning player from last year's powerhouse, and this is largely being viewed as a rebuilding year, it's still going to be a challenge for the Oilers picks to make the final roster.

"It's not going to be easy, there's 34 guys in camp,'' said Prendergast, who thinks Cogliano's wheels and Dubnyk's experience will be working in their favour. "I think Andrew has that type of speed that they're looking for and Devan has a little bit of a background, having been in their program before.

"We're proud of both of them. Now it's up to them to go there and do the best they can.''

They are among six Oilers prospects who hope to be playing for their countries in Vancouver.

Robbie Schremp and winger Geoff Paukovich and defenceman Taylor Chorney have already been selected to the U.S. team, which has already named its final team. Late-round pick Fredrik Pettersson has been invited to Sweden's camp.

"From our standpoint, it's a great opportunity for the kids.''


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