Team Canada adds teen defenceman

Team Canada added 18-year-old defenceman Ryan Murray to their World Hockey Championship team hours...

Team Canada added 18-year-old defenceman Ryan Murray to their World Hockey Championship team hours before facing Slovakia on Friday, May 4, 2012. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency/Files)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

HELSINKI - Ryan Murray, the only 18-year-old draft eligible player to make it to the world junior this year, will make it a magical, mystical double.

The White City, Sask. product, ranked second only to Nail Yakupov by NHL Central Scouting for the June draft, was named to the Team Canada lineup to open the world championships against Slovakoia just prior to the two-hour-before-game-time deadline.

The Everett Silvertops defenceman, selected to join the team for two pre-tournament games in Switzerland in a situation similar to that of Jordan Eberle before he'd played his first NHL game, was brought to Helsinki with the team when Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban suffered a knee injury which sent him home.

The team suffered another injury to Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Marc Methot.

Team Canada GM Kevin Lowe said Thursday that "asks" were out to bring "one or two" defenceman over to replace Subban. No announcement has yet been made which player or players will be en route other than to say whoever might be coming would not be playing Saturday against the USA.

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