The Snapshot, Monday December 16th 2019

NHL, OHL and QMJHL Prospect News

Team Canada unveiled their roster for the World Junior Hockey Championships:

Canada was able to add Joseph Veleno and Barrett Hayton from the pro ranks and are still waiting on word on Noah Dobson at the time this article was written. Chicago didn’t release Kirby Dach for the tournament and will keep him in the NHL.

Team Germany was announced as well for the World Juniors. Germany is led by Mortiz Seider, Dominik Bokk and the 5th-ranked prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft in our November rankings, Tim Stutzel.

Lucas Raymond might miss the World Juniors because of an infection.

Another player from Sweden will also miss the event. Habs’ prospect Jacob Olofsson will miss the tournament because of an upper body injury. Olofsson played on last year’s team. This year in the SHL, he has 9 points in 21 games with his club.

Sweden also won’t have Adam Boqvist at the tournament, as the Blackhawks preferred to have him stay in the AHL.

However, Sweden were able to get Rasmus Sandin from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sandin has played in both the NHL and AHL this season.

Victor Soderstrom was also a late add to the Swedish lineup. The Arizona first-rounder has 9 points in 15 games in the SHL.

Finland’s World Junior camp roster. 

The World Junior A Challenge saw Russia win the event in overtime over Canada East. USA won the bronze medal with a 2-1 OT win over the Czech Republic. For more details on the event, visit the Hockey Canada website.

Czech Republic’s U-18 roster for the U-18 Five Nations’ tournament in Zuchwil, set to take place from December 26-30.

The QMJHL trade period has begun. As of now, we can say that 2020-eligible prospect Théo Rochette has been traded to the Québec Remparts in the Félix Bibeau deal. Expect many more trades to be announced in the coming days, until the end of the World Juniors (certain players featured in this event can’t be traded officially until they return). For more information about all the trades that have been made official. 

2022 NHL Draft prospect Brad Lambert made his Liiga debut in Finland. Lambert is only 15 years old (turning 16 on December 19th) and this season had 29 points in 30 games with his junior team. Lambert has played nationally for Finland at both the U-17 and U-18 levels this season.

We have released many OHL Draft rankings since last week. We have the first release per league and an overall ranking is still coming up, to be published later this week.

Latest OHL Draft reports:

Alliance Showcase 

Whitby Silver Stick 

GTHL Top Prospects’ Game

Our second QMJHL Draft rankings of the season will also be posted on the site later this week. This will be a Quebec -only list. The Saguenay CCM Challenge Tournament report will be posted later this month or in early January.