Hockey Canada on Monday announced that 15 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders will compete for a roster spot at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto from Dec. 12-15.
The final roster of 22 players must be finalized by Dec. 25
The smaller roster compared to previous selection camps will allow Canadian head coach Brent Sutter to get down to business quicker. He guided the Canadian squad to world junior gold in 2005 and 2006.
"Hockey Canada is looking forward to an extremely competitive camp in December, as we look to assemble a team that will make all Canadians proud," Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada's senior director of men's national teams and hockey operations, said in a statement.
Four players from last year’s squad that placed fourth in Ufa, Russia have been invited back: Goaltender Jake Paterson, defenceman Griffin Reinhart and forwards Charles Hudon and Drouin. Hudon missed last year’s tournament due to injury.
Blue-liner Matt Dumba was the only teenage National Hockey League player announced Monday as a camp invitee. Forwards Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado), Sean Monahan (Calgary) and Tom Wilson (Washington) along with defenceman Morgan Rielly (Toronto) are also eligible.
"Canada is fortunate to have great depth of talent, and these players should be proud of this special opportunity," Ryan Jankowski, head scout for Canada's national junior team, said in a statement.
The 2014 world junior tournament begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden.
Canada's national junior team selection camp roster
* Returning player
+ Selected to 2013 team but didn't play due to injury