Congratulations to Caps defense prospects Karl Alzner and Josh Godfrey who were named to the Team Canada roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic. Alzner was a member of last year’s gold medalist Canadian team; he and forward Brad Marchand are the only two returnees from last year’s championship team.
Sixteen members of Team Canada roster — including both Alzner and Godfrey — played in the Summit Series against Russia late last summer. The Canadians went 7-0-1 in that tourney.
Alzner and Drew Doughty of the OHL’s Guelph Storm are expected to form Canada’s top defensive duo and are likely to draw the assignment of shutting down the opposition’s top line. Alzner, who plays for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, is expected to make a strong bid for a roster spot in Washington next fall and this dose of international experience won’t hurt his cause.
Godfrey is a power play specialist with a booming point shot who plays for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. A third Caps prospect, forward Mathieu Perreault of Acadie-Bathurst in the QMJHL, missed the cut and was not named to the roster.
The Canadians will set out for Europe later today for pre-competition camp as they seek a fourth consecutive gold medal in WJC competition.