Canada cuts 11 players from World Junior Camp . . .
Here's the story of the TSN website.
Hockey Canada cut 11 players from its 39-man selection roster for the World Junior Hockey Championship on Thursday, including Oshawa Generals forward John Tavares and Quebec Remparts forward Angelo Esposito.
Other cuts from the final roster include goaltender Trevor Cann of the Peterborough Petes, Guelph defenceman Drew Doughty, blueliner Keaton Ellerby of the Kamloops Blazers, Saginaw defenceman Patrick McNeill, Brandon Wheat Kings forward Codey Burki, centre Ben Maxwell of the Kootenay Ice, Acadie-Bathurst's Mathieu Perreault, Prince George winger Devin Setoguchi and Chris Stewart of the Kingston Frontenacs.
Hockey Canada plans to have 17 players released by Friday morning, leaving six more cuts to be made.
The remaining Team Canada hopefuls will play against a CIS team on Thursday night prior to the final team being named. Canada plays its first game of the 2007 World Juniors in Sweden on Boxing Day against the host Swedes.
Tavares, already touted as a top pick for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, drew a lot of attention in 2005 when the Canadian Hockey League declared him an 'exceptional player' so that he could be drafted into the OHL at age 14.
The 16-year-old has 29 goals with the Oshawa Generals this season and is in the top five in the OHL scoring race with 52 points in 27 games.
Tavares also led the league in goals scored by a rookie last year with 45 in 65 games. His 77 points put him second among OHL rookies.
Esposito, a top prospect for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has been cut from the final roster for the second year in a row. The 17-year-old scored 39 goals and 98 points in 2005-06 and helped lead Quebec to a Memorial Cup last spring. He is among the QMJHL scoring leaders this season with 17 goals and 48 points in 31 games.
Setoguchi, a first-round selection of the San Jose Sharks in 2005, was also cut from the final roster for the second straight year. In 23 games with the Cougars this season, Setoguchi has registered nine goals and 18 points.
Cann was a last-minute invitation to camp because netminder Steve Mason of the London Knights was suffering concussion-like symptoms from a game played the previous night.
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