Hockey Canada announced this afternoon that a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins prospects – defensemen Scott Harrington and Derrick Pouliot – are among 37 players invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, which will take place Dec. 11-13, 2012 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Both players will be auditioning for a spot on Canada’s entry at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.
|Scott Harrington (left) and Derrick Pouliot (right)|
Harrington, 19, is looking to make his second-straight WJC appearance for Canada after helping the Canadians earn a bronze medal last year with four points (1G-3A) and a plus-7 rating in five games during the ’12 WJC in Edmonton and Alberta, Canada.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Harrington is in his first year as team captain for the London Knights – who own the best record in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and are riding a 15-game winning streak. Harrington has notched eight points (1G-7A) and ranks second among team blueliners with a plus-10 rating in 30 games.
A native of Kingston, Ontario, Harrington, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (54th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, also served as one of Team OHL’s captains during the Subway Super Series against Russia last month.
An OHL First-Team All-Star last season, Harrington has appeared in 196 career OHL regular-season contests for London, tallying 70 points (11G-59A) and posting a plus-47 rating. Harrington has added 10 points (1G-9A) in 37 OHL playoff games. He helped London reach the final of the Memorial Cup last spring, where the Knights fell to Shawinigan in the championship contest.
Pouliot, 18, will be attending his first selection camp. He has previously represented Team Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he earned a gold medal, and the 2010 Under-17 Challenge when he was named to the tournament all-star team.
This season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner has helped the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) to that league’s best record by ranking fifth on the squad – and first among D-men – with 25 points (6G-19A) and a plus-17 rating through 27 games. Pouliot’s 19 assists also lead team blueliners.
The Weyburn, Saskatchewan native suited up for Team WHL last month in the Subway Super Series against Russia.
Pouliot, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (8th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center with the choice acquired from Carolina in the Jordan Staal trade, has totaled 115 points (22G-93A) in 172 career WHL regular-season games. He has added 21 points (4G-17A) in 43 postseason games. Last spring, Pouliot tied fellow Penguins’ prospect and then-Winterhawks teammate Joe Morrow with 17 postseason points (3G-14A).
Later this month, a third Pittsburgh prospect, defenseman Olli Maatta, is expected to be named to Finland’s WJC roster. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Maatta will be looking to appear in his third-straight WJC. Maatta, who was chosen by the Penguins with their second first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, ranks fourth on London – and first among defensemen – with 24 points (3G-21A) in 30 games.
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