The Snapshot, Monday October 28th 2019

The Charlottetown Islanders announced on October 21st that Lukas Cormier will be out 4-6 weeks. The news had bad timing, as a lot of scouts were going to see him on their Quebec trip last week. This season, Cormier has 15 points in 13 games and was playing his best hockey before his injury with 8 points in his last 3 games and 20 shots on goal.

Another draft-eligible from the QMJHL will be out of action for a while. Chicoutimi’s Hendrix Lapierre suffered a concussion in a game in Rimouski this past week. He’s out for a minimum of one week, as is always the case with players suffering from concussion symptoms.

Last week, Hockey Canada announced the names of the 66 players that will take part in the U-17 Hockey Challenge. This week, they announced the rosters for the each of their 3 teams.

The November edition of the U-18 Five Nations’ tournament is being held in Sweden from November 6th-10th. The rosters for Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic have been published, whereas Switzerland still have not been announced. USA will send their U-18 NTDP team. Some roster notes: no Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond for Sweden, as both will play in the U-20 tournament in Finland (more on this tournament below). Russia doesn’t send a team to this tournament; they send their U-20 team to the December World Junior A Challenge instead. Also, no Nick Malik or Jan Mysak for the Czech Republic. Like Holtz and Raymond, they will play for their country at the U-20 tournament in Helsinki.

Sweden U-18 roster

Czech Republic U-18 roster

Finland U18 roster 

The November edition of the U-20 Four Nations’ Tournament is being held in Helsinki, Finland from November 8th-10th. Some high-profile 2020 NHL Draft prospects will take part in this tournament. As mentioned previously, Holtz and Raymond will play for Sweden, whereas Mysak and Malik will suit up for the Czech Republic. In addition, Yaroslav Yaskorov will play for Russia. It will be his first time representing Russia at the U-20 level after being a star at the U-18 and U-17 levels.

Finland U20 roster

Sweden U-20 roster

Russia U-20 roster

Czech Republic U-20 roster

Seven Russians playing in the CHL will play for Team Russia in their respective leagues, in the CIBC Canada-Russia Series. Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski), Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown), Egor Sokolov and Alexander Khovanov (Moncton) will play in the QMJHL games. Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa) and Egor Afanasyev (Windsor) will play in the OHL games. Egor Zamula (Calgary) will play in the WHL games. The full roster for Team Russia has not been announced yet.

Here’s the schedule for the CIBC Canada-Russia Series.