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Canada announces 2016 World Junior hockey camp roster; Sanheim, Konecny make cut

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Two Flyers prospects are likely to play for Canada at the 2016 World Juniors.

Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim will attend Canada's 2016 World Junior selection camp, Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday.

The two Flyers draft picks are among 17 forwards, 11 defensemen and two goaltenders named to the camp. It begins Thursday, December 10 in Etobicoke, Ont. and will last through Sunday, December 14.

We'd have to bet that both Sanheim and Konecny make the team. It's a deep roster and will be tough for the coaching staff to get down to the six defensemen and 12 forwards they're allowed to take to Finland for the World Junior Championship. But Sanheim is among the best defensemen in the Western Hockey League today, having a standout season with the Calgary Hitmen, while Konecny is ninth in scoring in the Ontario Hockey League with 39 points in 25 games.

Should they each make the team, it would be the first IIHF Under-20 World Championship for each player. Two Flyers prospects are likely to play for Canada at the 2016 World Juniors.

The 2016 World Juniors begin on Dec. 26 when Canada opens the tournament against the United States. Other nations are expected to name their camp rosters in the coming days.

Here's Canada's full roster (via PPP):

Forwards

Anthony Beauvillier, Rourke Chartier, Lawson Crouse, Michael Dal Colle, Pierre-Luc Dubois (2016), Julien Gauthier (2016), Jayce Hawryluk, Travis Konecny, Mitch Marner, Nick Merkley, Brendan Pelini, Brayden Point, John Quenneville, Mitchell Stephens, Dylan Strome, Spencer Watson.

Defensemen

Thomas Chabot, Jakob Chychrun (2016), Travis Dermott, Vince Dunn, Haydn Fleury, Joe Hicketts, Brandon Hickey, Noah Juulsen, Roland McKeown, Travis Sanheim, Jake Walman.

Goalies

Mackenzie Blackwood and Mason McDonald.