Guide to the U17s: Canadian players to watch

Canada Red plays its round robin games in Fort St. John, the player to watch is Peyton Krebs.
The 5 foot 10 left-handed shooting forward plays for the Kootenay Ice, and was the number one overall draft pick in the 2016 CHL draft. In his first full season with the Ice, Krebs has three goals and 13 points in 15 games.
Alexis Lafreniere is a six foot tall forward that plays for the Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL. He is tearing it up this season with seven goals and 10 assists through 14 games.
In the back end, Bowen Byram is a tall defenseman playing for the Vancouver Giants. He has nine points and a plus/minus rating of +6.

Canada White will play the preliminary games in Dawson Creek, Taylor Gauthier is a standout player in goal.
He plays with the nearby Prince George Cougars and boasts a goals against average of 2.97 and a save percentage of 0.892.
The right winger Graeme Clark has eight points and 18 penalty minutes for the Ottawa 67s.
A player who is off to a tremendous start is Jakob Pelletier, who plays for the Moncton Wildcats. He has 14 assists and 19 points on the year through 17 games.

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Canada Black are the defending silver medalists. Matthew Robertson, the six foot three defenseman, was a high pick in last year’s CHL draft and plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings. He has three goals and four points on the year.
Centre Dawson Mercer was injured early on this year for the Drummondville Voltigeurs, but has come back and played well as of late, racking up five goals and eight points.
Blake Murray is a centre for the Sudbury Wolves and should do very well at the tournament. He has five goals and nine points through 15 games.

 

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