Hockey Canada wants to take a closer look at Roblin’s Jayce Hawryluk and Elkhorn’s Travis Sanheim.
The two young Western Hockey League standouts were among 41 players from across the country named to the Canadian junior team’s summer development camp. Hawryluk, an 18-year-old Brandon Wheat Kings right-winger, was one of 25 forwards picked, while Sanheim, an 18-year-old Calgary Hitmen defenceman, was one of 12 blue-liners selected.
"I was really excited and it’s a huge honour to be selected to this camp and I’m looking forward to it," Hawryluk said. "I have two years of eligibility to play in the world juniors and to be on the radar in my first year is obviously nice."
Sanheim was also thrilled to be selected.
"When you look at the roster and how stacked it is and how good of players are on the list, it’s crazy to think that I was able to make that list and it’s a huge honour to be on it," Sanheim said.
The summer camp is slated for Aug. 3-8 in Montreal, Brossard and Sherbrooke, Que., and is designed to pre-scout players to represent Canada in the 2015 world junior championship from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto. The Canadian junior prospects will face the Czech Republic and Russia in exhibition games during the camp.
"This is a first step towards being chosen to represent Canada at the world juniors, but these 41 players have the first opportunity to show the coaching staff how they can help Canada succeed in Toronto and Montreal at Christmastime," Hockey Canada head scout Ryan Jankowski stated in a news release yesterday.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hawryluk led the Wheat Kings in scoring last season with 24 goals and 64 points in 59 regular-season games and added five goals and 12 points in eight playoff games. A former Canadian under-18 junior team member, Hawryluk is ranked 37th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and is expected to be selected the first couple of rounds of this weekend’s NHL draft in Philadelphia.
The junior camp invitation kicks off what will be a big week for Hawryluk.
"It’s about to get really busy and it’s going to be awesome," he said.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sanheim soared up the draft rankings to 53rd in North America by Central Scouting, but has been pegged as a potential first-round pick by some prognosticators. In his rookie season in the WHL, Sanheim fired five goals and notched up 29 points in 67 games in the regular season and added one goal and one assist in six playoff games.
Like Hawryluk, Sanheim hopes this is just the start of a big week heading into this weekend’s NHL draft.
"It was a great start to the week to come and I hope that this Friday is just as good," Sanheim said.