Carson Lambos – This 2021 first round pick at 26th overall has continued to develop into a solid prospect with the Winnipeg Ice in the WHL. After a solid season putting up 47 points in 51 games Lambos was named to the WHL (East) All-Star Team and has a chance for Team Canada’s top four. Expect to see the two-way defender play some stronger minutes than at the first attempt of the tournament; where he was only listed as the seventh D and his total play time was just over 14 minutes in the two games.
Ryan O’Rourke – Perhaps a pairing with Lambos’s in his future, the 2020 second rounder and Captain of the Soo Greyhounds, usually touted for his shutdown defense, caught on fire in the OHL playoffs and showed off his slap shot while putting up 12 points in 10 games.
O’Rourke was also named as an OHL First Team All-Star. His progress through the year should help him break into the stacked Canada defense, as he was scratched in one of the two games from the earlier canceled tournament.
Daemon Hunt – Hunt fought his way onto the new roster after having a late injury in the first tournaments camp, and while not likely to be a starter in every game, the third round draft pick provides a solid option, especially after finishing out an impressive 39 point season with Moose Jaw in the WHL.