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Team Canada to have more compact selection camp: Friday’s coast-to-coast

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WHL

Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast expects the national junior team selection camp will be confined to 30-32 players if the NHL lockout is still in effect next month: "Defensively, there are first-rounders who just won't be there." (Edmonton Journal)

Ty Rattie scored a sweet goal Thursday, but suffice to say the OHL and QMJHL forwards were more impressive in the Subway Super Series. (Edmonton Sun)

Ottawa Senators goalie prospect Chris Driedger will avenge being left off Team WHL by stoning more Western League shooters, thank you very much. (Calgary Herald)

Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon will not join France for the Division 1 Group A world junior championship, as it would mean missing up to 10 Kamloops Blazers games. (Kamloops Daily News)

Jesse Wallin handled his sacking in Red Deer with more grace than many of us would have mustered. (Red Deer Advocate, The Red Deer Scene)

The Edmonton Oil Kings should learn today whether Travis Ewanyk suffered any serious injury when he was checked in the Subway Super Series game on Wednesday. (Edmonton JournalComing Down The Pipe!)

The MasterCard Memorial Cup-host Saskatoon Blades headed out on their western swing minus three regulars, with winger Jessey Astles out three months after stepping on his own wrist. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Everett overage forward Ryan Harrison has a slight tear in his knee that could keep him out one week or two months, depending on the treatment. (Everett Herald)

The Brandon Wheat Kings have slipped out of a playoff position. (Brandon Sun, paywall)

OHL

Fun itinerary for potential NHL first-rounder Kerby Rychel and the Windsor Spitfires: they face both conference leaders this weekend. (Windsor Star)

Oshawa Generals coach D.J. Smith after his team fiddled away a three-goal, third-period lead at London: "Those are signs of a team that needs to learn how to win." (London Free Press)

Adding injury to insult, the Generals had overage defenceman Matt Petgrave leave with an injury after a heavy check from Josh Anderson. (Metro London)

Kitchener Rangers overage wing Nick Czinder could return tonight from a concussion; the Rangers have three other forwards sidelined. (Waterloo Record)

The league-leading Barrie Colts never lose on Thursday. Take that to Vegas. They have also never lost with 16-year-old Brendan Lemieux inthe lineup, but last night was just his first game. (Barrie Examiner)

Rookie goalie Michael Giugovaz has accounted for 12 of the Peterborough Petes' 13 points, including Thursday's tension-relieving win over Ottawa. (Peterborough Examiner)

The Kingston Frontenacs will be the first team to ever have four players on Team Ontario, with defenders Roland McKeown and Dylan DiPerna and linemates Sam Bennett and Spencer Watson all making the under-17 squad. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

Brampton Battalion owner Scott Abbott calls it "astounding" that North Bay sold more than 2,100 season tickets in fewer than a week. Can the city get the Memorial Gardens up to snuff with the same alacrity? (North Bay Nugget)

Sudbury Wolves first-rounder Conor Cummins is drawing top-four minutes on defence, no mean feat at age 16. (Sudbury Star)

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads goalie Zach Fucale could use a few more shots on some nights. Could his teammates just not backcheck too hard for a while? (Metro Halifax)

Who has been the biggest surprise of the still-young season? (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Baie-Comeau Drakkar coach Éric Veilleux and his family grateful to be past that season on the brink that was a MasterCard Memorial Cup year in Shawinigan. (Le Nouvelliste)

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles overage Simon Darveau's shoulder injury will not allow him to play this season. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

The Val-d'Or Foreurs have a better record in 10 games under Mario Durocher than they did in 10 under the dismissed Marc-André Dumont, but are they really that much better? (TVA Sports)

With the Gatineau Olympiques only three points clear of the league basement, it is fair to wonder if coach-GM Benoit Groulx has the requisite staff support to do both jobs. (Le Droit)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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