Team Canada announced its final 23-player roster on Saturday, five days ahead of its opening game in the 2020 World Junior Championship tournament.
The roster features 18 NHL draftees — including 10 first-round selections — as well as five players eligible for the 2020 NHL draft. There are also five returnees from last year’s team, which lost in overtime in the quarterfinals to Finland.
Highlighting the group is forward Alexis Lafreniere, who leads the QMJHL with 70 points in 32 games, and goalie Nico Daws, who leads the OHL with a .939 save percentage and 2.06 GAA in 20 games.
Canada’s roster sat at 24 players entering its pre-tournament game against Switzerland on Thursday (a 3-0 win for Canada). Benoit-Olivier Groulx, a forward with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, was the final cut.
Canada plays its final pre-tournament game on Monday against Finland before opening pool play on Boxing Day against the United States.
Here’s Team Canada’s 2020 world juniors roster: