Here's why various sports media outlets have been hyping Team Canada for the upcoming IIHF World U20 Championship as benefitting from the influx of National Hockey League players to the junior ranks: Simply speaking, Canada has lost out on so many good players to the NHL over the last few years.
We're not talking slouches, either. In 2009, for instance, Team Canada sent a defensive group that featured future NHL stars such as P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangelo and Tyler Myers. Absent from that group was Drew Doughty, who played 81 games for the Los Angeles Kings and just under 24 minutes a contest.
That year, Canada had several other junior-eligible players who spent the year with their respective national league clubs, not in junior helping Canada to their fifth consecutive gold. 1989 born players who played the majority of the NHL season included Josh Bailey, Kyle Turris, Sam Gagner and Luke Schenn. The rest of the world? Czech Jakub Voracek and the Danish-born Mikkel Boedkker.Read More »from How Team Canada has been affected by the NHL in the past years