THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY — Forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been named to the Canadian junior hockey team’s selection camp roster, Hockey Canada announced Monday.
Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft, played for the Edmonton Oilers last season.
The 19-year-old centre has played for the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons during the NHL lockout this season.
Nugent-Hopkins was among 37 players were invited to selection camp Dec. 10-15 in Calgary.
Nugent-Hopkins was in Edmonton on Monday having his shoulder examined, but he is expected to join the Canadian team.
"It is contingent on his health. At this point I think (the examination) is precautionary," said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of operations.
"He played on the weekend and flew in so I think it was always in the plans. Our thoughts is he’ll be here on the 10th of December ready to roll."
The NHL lockout means Canada can choose the best from players born in 1994 or earlier.
A handful are usually unavailable to the team because they’re playing in the NHL.
Head coach Steve Spott and his assistants will select 23 players, including a third goaltender, to represent Canada.
The 2013 world junior hockey champion opens Dec. 26 in Ufa, Russia.
The selection camp roster includes 18 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 11 from the Western Hockey League, seven from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Nugent-Hopkins from the AHL.
Four goalies, a dozen defencemen and 21 forwards will try out for the team.
While the world junior championships are considered tournament for 19-year-olds, the selection camp will include 17-year-old forwards Nathan McKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads.
The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders have the most prospects in the camp with three draft picks apiece.
Canada won the bronze medal in the 2012 world junior championship held in Calgary and Edmonton.
Forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Boone Jenner, Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome and defencemen Dougie Hamilton and Scott Harrington are the players from that team eligible to play for Canada again.
Defenceman Ryan Murray would have been another second-year player for Canada, but he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury while playing with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.